Let’s not skirt around the fact that ‘gluten-free’ has become a trendy punch line. But the benefits of going gluten-free aren’t unfounded. Scientists are only just beginning to scratch the surface on the negative effects of gluten on the body.
'The American Journal of Gastroenterology' found gluten could cause a host of health issues, particularly in the gut, even in people without celiac disease. While you may not be gluten intolerant, you still may have sensitivity.
If you’re on the fence, consider these 3 reasons you should go gluten-free:
1. More energy for the things you love
For people diagnosed with celiac disease, going gluten-free is seldom an exciting option. But luckily there are great gluten-free foods out there to help liven up a perceived bleak situation!
If you aren’t gluten intolerant but still want the benefits of a gluten-free diet, you don’t have to sacrifice your joy. Focus on all-natural, nutrient dense foods for 80-90 percent of your daily calories and fill in the remaining gaps with easy-to-transport, high protein gluten-free snacks like FitJoy protein bars.
This will guarantee your body is fueled with foods that provide an abundance of energy so that you can actually enjoy the journey towards becoming healthier.
2. Reduce inflammation in your joints
Believe it or not, joint inflammation has a lot to do with diet. Gluten and dairy are often the most common inflammatory culprits here.
When you are active, joint pain can put a damper on the enjoyment you get out of your exercise. While you don’t have to give up those foods completely, learn to cycle your intake or remove them for 2-3 months. Then re-introduce and test to see if you experience more inflammation.
And don’t forget to stock up on vegetables to keep your energy up without turning to wheat products. Aim to eat at least 7-9 nine palm sized servings every single day. Vegetables may not have as much cool factor as pastries, but they’re incredibly important for managing inflammation.
At worst you’ll come away healthier, leaner and happier. That’s a win!
3. Improve your gut health
If you consider 75 percent of your immune system lives in your gut, it’s safe to say your overall health is tied to your diet.
Grains can be a problem because the ones typically found in foods today are unlike anything our bodies ever experienced during the previous 2 million-plus years of evolution.
If you are plagued with gas, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, anxiety, ADD, mood swings or chronic fatigue, you may need to check up on your gut health. A diet high in both protein and nutrient dense foods sans the mystery ingredients in highly processed and gluten rich foods will help you get your gut back on track.
Eating a gluten-free diet doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the joy you get from eating the foods you love.
There are plenty of delicious gluten-free foods that taste delicious and won’t leave you feeling too run down to go out and live a happy, healthy life!
The FitJoy Team
Our team likes to stay in the know and ahead of the game when it comes to eating, exercise, and wellness in general! We take the latest buzz in the nutrition world and make it easily translatable for your own life.