For some individuals, gluten can pose a serious health problem. For others, it is a sensitivity, but can still wreak havoc throughout the body. Gluten is typically a protein that is found in foods made from wheat. The inability to digest food inside the small intestine due to an extreme sensitivity to gluten is what will typically cause Celiac disease.
While Celiac disease is the worst-case scenario for those individuals allergic to gluten, other individuals may still have sensitivity where claims are made to cause fatigue and possibly even contribute to inflammatory diseases.
Gluten can wreak havoc in your weight loss goals, as well. If you have not heard, a gluten-free diet is all the rage these days, especially in the world of celebrities. It is believed that gluten interferes with weight loss. Here are a few thoughts on how gluten interferes with weight loss.
It is believed that gluten sensitivity can be the cause of the body holding onto excess water and, therefore, water weight gain that you simply cannot get rid of.
It is also believed that gluten causes belly bloat to aggravate because of the sensitivity to this protein.
Some studies have shown that eating wheat may cause your body to over generate higher levels of insulin. Insulin is the hormone responsible for moving sugar from your bloodstream to the cells of the body. Higher levels of this insulin can cause your body to hold onto fat around your stomach, which is known fondly today as belly bloat.
It stands to reason that if your body has quite a bit of insulin circulating around, then the process of low blood sugar can result.
Of course, if you have low blood sugar and feel hungry, your first instinct is to grab something to eat. Some of the easiest and fastest foods are those with gluten, for example a bagel or a slice of pizza.
If you are interested in giving it a try, see if you can eliminate wheat products from your diet entirely for one month. If you notice a decrease in weight loss, then perhaps, going gluten free is the way to go for you.
Take out some books from the library on nutrition. Spend a little bit of time each day before you start your gluten-free diet reading about nutrition and see what you can replace the gluten products with in order to maintain a healthy and balanced body.