Why You May Want to Cut Out Gluten From Your Diet — It’s Not Just a Fad
By: Jenn Moss
The gluten-free diet has increased in popularity over the years. Maybe it is because of the many celebrities who have posted “what I eat in a day” videos that showcase an all organic, low carb, and gluten-free lifestyle. This may lead others to believe that this is the best way of eating. But is that the truth? Should someone who may not be allergic to gluten cut it out of their diet?
Nowadays you can find so many gluten-free options at the grocery store. What was once primarily found in a smaller natural food store, is now a lot more easily accessible. Many restaurants have hopped on the train as well, providing gluten-free experience if you want, albeit a high upcharge. So now that we know it is more readily available. Here are some reasons you may want to adopt this lifestyle:
1. Helps Ease Stomach Issues
Maybe you have tested negative for Celiac’s Disease, but you still could be experiencing digestive issues. Having problems with the stomach is painful and uncomfortable. If you have conditions such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) consuming gluten daily may be one of the culprits in your discomfort.
2. It Decreases Inflammation
If you are someone who has a sensitivity to gluten, consuming it may cause havoc to your system. Such as feeling inflammation in your joints, making the pain worse. Also, if you have arthritis, eating gluten can potentially make your symptoms worse.
3. May Help Reduce Acne and Skin Related Issues
There has been much debate regarding the correlation between gluten and your skin. While there are not many studies to verify this link, many people with cystic acne have seen their skin improve after cutting it out of their diet. If you are not sure that gluten is the cause of your medical issues, you may want to try the elimination diet approach. Perhaps you eliminate gluten for a time long enough to be able to notice a difference. If you see that your symptoms have improved, then that may be a sign that gluten does not get along with your body. Above all, deciding to eat gluten-free should not be subject to the judgment of others. Do what makes your body feel good, despite not getting a diagnosis of gluten intolerance or Celiac’s Disease.