Should You Go Gluten Free?

Posted by Sabrina Sarabella on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

“Gluten is the devil, stay far away from it as possible.” “Gluten Free is a Fad.” “Going Gluten Free is Some Made Up Thing.” and the list goes on and on.  

There is no wonder everyone is confused about this topic, how do you know who to believe? 

I can sit here and give you a ton of research articles proving the facts of what gluten does to brain and thyroid tissues but that’s not what I’m here to do. I can give you the whole science and history of gluten but that would bore you! (If you want that kind of research let me know and I can give you resources)

I could tell you that no one should ever touch gluten in their life ever again and the many reasons why but I know that is probably not going to happen for most of you.  So I would rather take a simple approach and just give you some simple advice.  

You should avoid gluten if: 

You have celiac disease.  There are no exemptions here, if you have celiac disease you should 100% avoid all gluten 100% of the time.

You have a reaction when you eat a food containing gluten.  This means that either directly after or within 48 hours of eating gluten you may feel brain fog, break out into hives, have bowl distress or gas.  If you have clear reaction to gluten then you should avoid it.

You have a thyroid condition known as Hashimoto.  If you have been diagnosed with Hashimoto or you think you may have it then you should avoid gluten.  Gluten will aggravate this condition and make you feel worse.  

You have any autoimmune disease.  Gluten has been shown to increase and aggravate systems of autoimmune disease.  If you suffer from an autoimmune disease it is best to avoid all gluten products.  

You have digestive issues.  If you have been diagnosed with IBS or just have issues with constipation, gas, bloating, etc. I highly recommend you remove gluten from your diet and monitor how you feel after it is removed.  

When I first start a client on a program I like to eliminate gluten for at least the first 4-6 weeks.  However, I discourage the use of gluten free processed products.  Gluten free products can be loaded with other additives.  

Just because something is labeled gluten free doesn’t mean it is healthier or more fat loss friendly, a cookie is still a cookie no matter gluten free or not! 

I could talk about this topic for days but I will leave you with this simple information to get you started.  

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any specific questions about gluten.