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Hey guys, Dr. Axe, here. In this video, I'm going to talk about what gluten sensitivity is and how gluten is affecting your life. So gluten sensitivity symptoms, gluten sensitivity side effects. I even read an article recently that said gluten sensitivity might be a myth. The truth is that's not true. Gluten sensitivity is a real thing and here are the top warning signs that you might be gluten sensitive: If you have any type of digestion issue, it's a clear sign you have gluten sensitivity. If you have food allergies, whatsoever. Allergies to dairy and wheat and eggs, that's a clear sign you have gluten sensitivity. If you have autoimmune disease, it's a clear sign you have gluten sensitivity. If you struggle with chronic fatigue, fibro myalgia, weight gain, joint pain, arthritis, brain inflammation. Or if your child has ADHD or autism, or if you have thyroid issues, like hypothyroidism or hormone imbalance.
Those are all clear warning signs that you are probably sensitive to gluten. What gluten is, it's a sticky protein that is found in wheat, barley and rye. Mostly in wheat today. This gluten today, it's been hybridized so this isn't the same gluten that our ancestors were consuming a couple hundred years ago. This is a new breed of gluten that our bodies are highly sensitive to. Here's what happens and here's how it affects your body. When you consume gluten, it's an inflammatory protein. It gets into your gut and will start to cause intestinal inflammation. It will eventually actually rip a hole in your gut. Your gut acts like a net, so it will tear a hole in it and gluten will leak through and start causing inflammation throughout the body. It can actually cause autoimmune disease. What auto immune disease is due to gluten sensitivity, is when your body starts finding gluten at protein, it sees it as a foreign invader, but other tissues in your body are made up of protein, including your thyroid and your joints and things like that.
So your body, after it attacks gluten long enough, says, "Oh, well there's some protein that looks like gluten on the thyroid. I'm going to start attacking that as well." So that's why gluten sensitivity has been linked to Hashimoto's thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, and a number of other health issues. So again, if you have any of those issues that's a clear warning sign that you are gluten sensitive. So let me teach you know how to go gluten free and how to follow a gluten-free diet. First off, it's not as bad as it sounds. Most people think, "I'm going gluten free, this means I can never eat bread again." The good news is there are natural flours that are gluten free. Some of my favorites are coconut flour, almond flour, as well as sprouted spelt flour. At least the sprouted spelt, it says its gluten free. Also, sourdough breads are much easier to consume. It's not that you can never have bread again. You just want to consume those in moderation. But you do want to lower or completely eliminate your consumption of gluten the best you can.
One of the best diets to heal from gluten sensitivity, so if you're wondering and you know your gluten sensitive, you've got Hashimoto's, or you've got rheumatoid arthritis or food allergies, you struggle with food intolerance or allergies, the best way to overcome that is by following a diet called the GAPS diet. The GAPS diet really supports healing of your digestive system and it includes things like bone broth, organic chicken and any type of meat really. Fruits and vegetables, squashes, really, it comes with a large amount of food. But if you want to heal from gluten sensitivity, I really recommend you look into the GAPS diet. It's one of the best diets, if not the best diet for healing gluten sensitivity. Also, if you want to heal from gluten sensitivity, taking certain supplements like L-Glutamine, digestive enzymes and probiotics. Specifically, you can get digestive enzymes that can help your body heal from gluten sensitivity. It can also help you digesting gluten.
If you do all those things, I guarantee you are going to notice an immediate difference in improvement and your overall gluten sensitivity symptoms.
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