Gluten and Wheat.
Gluten and wheat is everywhere. It is in bread, pasta and condiments to name a few, it can even be found in shampoo.
Modern day wheat is genetically quite different from the crop humans ate 50 years ago. Nowadays, wheat stands at a third of the height of its predecessor and is more robust than ever. It is engineered to withstand drought, pathogens and fungi. These genetic changes have increased yield per acre by tenfold over the last century.
However, these genetic modifications have come at a price. What we have now is a mass produced, hybrid grain which is armed with a better defence against predation. This defence system is good for wheat, but bad for humans: it is called gluten.
This new modified wheat contains twenty-eight chromosomes, twice as many as its predecessor, and is composed of a larger variety of gluten proteins, including those most likely to cause celiac disease.
What does it do to me?
It is a fact that no human can fully digest gluten. If we took hydrochloric acid from our stomach, put it into a vial and stuck a finger in, within seconds the finger would melt to the bone. Drop gluten into the vial and what do we see? Just some gluten, floating around, having a little party in our gastric juices.
Gluten, resistant to digestion, remains intact in our bodies as it bulldozes through the gut lining. It causes irritation, systematic inflammation and increased permeability, which allows other proteins to cross the gut barrier.
This, in turn, triggers an immune response, and inflammation, throughout our bodies. During the response, our bodies create antibodies which are very specific to the structure of these foreign invading proteins.
All you will end up with is a stressed out immune system and a digestive system that cannot digest and absorb nutrients. This leads then to increased weight gain, poor immune system to name a few
So, where do I get my fibre?
Use soluble fibres, such as flaxmeal, nuts, psyllium husks, fruits and vegetables. If you actually replace your wheat calories with those from vegetables and raw nuts, fibre intake goes up!! A handful of nuts, or a calorie equivalent salad, will match, or exceed, the 3.9 grams of fibre contained in two slices of bread.
If you are not eating a wheat-free diet already, try it and keep a food diary. I am confident you will feel and look better within two weeks.