Finding out that you have a gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease can be a real bummer to say the least. It can feel like the end of the world. Strolling the grocery isle or glancing at a restaurant menu is enough to make you burst into tears and scream, “My life is over!” Maybe you haven’t determined an intolerance or Celiac and are beginning an elimination diet to see if your symptoms improve. Either way, knowing what to do as far as a gluten free diet for beginners doesn’t have to be as stressful as you may think.
Thankfully the supermarkets and restaurants are hopping on board with more and more amazing gluten free products. I will say, if you are suffering with some serious tummy troubles or other gluten induced symptoms, supplementing your diet with highly processed gluten free foods is not the best way to go. However, I fully get that it is stressful and you have to start somewhere. The idea of having to give up some of your favorite foods is enough to make a person want to bail before even starting. I touched on this a little with my post Gluten Free Shopping List but today I am going to help you get really start sifting through all the products on the market and start figuring out the cleanest way to start your new diet.
Yep, we’re going to get real down and dirty today. It’s been on my mind a lot, and I’ve tried to deny it, but it’s time. Time to talk about poop. This is not a topic anyone wants to readily discuss, but when it comes to you diet and health, this information is crucial. There are so many issues today like IBS, dairy and gluten intolerance. If you are one of these people; learning about whats going on in your body could be helped by keeping your eye on what’s coming out
People often see overweight people and assume they are unhealthy. This isn’t always the case, however. It doesn’t matter what shape or size, you can still have serious underlying health issues.
One major way to make yourself aware of these issues is through poo.
It seems so simple really; what comes out represents what goes in. If your poop is coming out in an unhealthy way, chances are something unhealthy is going down in your digestive tract. No matter what’s coming out, chances are you have some form of leaky gut going on.
This is a condition that affects the lining of the intestines. Damage that is done over time to the lining of the intestine essentially breaks down their ability to filter properly. This can cause waste that would normally be absorbed into your system to instead “leak” out into your blood stream.
Scary thought isn’t it?
Leaky gut can lead to an array of autoimmune reactions such as bloating, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, brain fog, tiredness, joint pain and skin problems. It’s also believed that having a leaky gut can either cause or trigger certain autoimmune diseases such as Celiacs, arthritis, and Chrone’s.
One symptom you don’t hear about too often but I find incredibly interesting is depression. Our enteric nervous system (ENS) located in the lining of our gastrointestinal is often referred to as our “second brain.” This ENS connects directly to our brains. In other words, those gut feelings we’ve heard about our entire life are actually quite accurate. This is referred to as the brain-gut axis. Our brain and gut communicate about things like hunger, worry and stress. If you have ever noticed when you feel nervous you feel it in the pit of your stomach? That is your ENS hard at work.
So, naturally it makes sense that if something is off in this area of our bodies, our brain can just as easily be effected with a symptom like depression.
While I could go on about this, because it is something I am truly fascinated by, let’s continue to focus on what all these symptoms could mean should you experience any of them.