Do you get a little bit of brain fog in the afternoon? How about trouble getting started in the morning?
Do you feel mood swings?
If there's stuff going on that you can't quite pin down the reason, it might not be anything with you… it could be what you're putting in your body.
Bread, wheat, pasta, and many processed foods all have one thing in common – gluten.
Gluten is a small protein that likes to grab onto itself and form big, long, stretchy chains. It's what makes bread fluffy and dough elastic.
But, that same fluffiness and stretchiness that we like in bread wreak havoc on our digestive system. And, it's changing the way we digest food and the probiotics in our gut which affects our whole body.
Plus, if that gluten starts working through our bodies, it creates a lot of inflammation, irritation, and, yes, brain fog.
But… Don't We Need Bread and Grains?
Actually, with the advances in food distribution we have now, we don't actually need bread or grains.
There's enough abundance in our food supply that we can get enough vitamins, minerals, and fiber by eating fruit and vegetables.
But, it is true that throughout history, most cultures developed food habits that included high-nutrients, caloric-dense grains. It was a way to get enough energy into the body to work hard, escape predators, and survive to produce the next generation.
The most significant difference comes from the type of grains.
Today, most bread and wheat products come from white flour – the flour leftover after processing and all of the good nutrients and bran have been stripped away.
Historically, people ate 100% whole grain. The bread was dense and often contained other fruits and vegetables to help extend the meal.
So, you can say our history shows we have eaten a lot of bread, but what our ancestors ate and what we eat are completely different things.
Did You Know Wheat & Gluten Are Mind Controlling You – Through Your Gut
Getting back to gluten, when this protein goes through your digestive system, it does nothing but cause trouble.
First, a growing number of people are finding themselves allergic to gluten. This is called Celiac Disease.
More so, a faster-growing percent of the population is becoming intolerant to gluten. This is not a true allergy, just discomfort and irritation caused by eating gluten.
So, what causes this irritation?
When gluten starts passing through your digestive system, it acts like long ropes. It twists around the cilia in your digestive system, choking it out and ripping it away. These tiny cilia help move nutrients from your food into your bloodstream. If they're damaged, they can't do their job.
Occasionally, this gluten can also get into your bloodstream, where it causes your immune system to attack it. For people with autoimmune issues, this can cause flare-ups that increase joint pain, stiffness, and worsening of symptoms.
Finally, it does one more thing. The healthy probiotics in your gut do not like gluten, but the unhealthy ones like Candida do. Candida, yeast, and unhelpful probiotics flourish on foods made from gluten. Things like bread and processed foods feed the harmful bacteria in our gut.
With more and more research showing that a healthy gut and positive probiotics in our gut helping us reduce depression, have more energy, and lower the chances of heart disease, we want to take care of the healthy probiotics.
How To Phase Out Bread From Your Life
A hard switch from lots of bread to none at all is difficult. When you start going through everything in your kitchen cabinets, you're going to find lots of bread and wheat products.
If you're used to cereal in the morning, switch to a gluten-free cereal. Then, you can phase out the cereals all together. Eggs are much healthier, anyway.
Sandwiches and Rolls
This one's a little bit more tricky, but you can do it. Start by switching to 100% organic whole grain bread. Then, start substituting the occasional sandwich with healthier foods such as salads, stir-fries, and other meals. We know this can be hard if you're on the road or need a quick lunch.
Some people just love their pasta. Many gluten-free pastas act just like regular wheat based pasta. They have a similar feel, taste, and cooking style. Switch over to gluten-free pasta, and then you'll start finding your desire for pasta diminishing. You can begin to substitute brown rice for your pasta as a side accompaniment.
Other Processed Foods
You'll find wheat and gluten added to many other foods you wouldn't think to have it. But, when you start to look, you'll find it. Start replacing these items in your diet with healthier fruits and vegetables.
Breads and glutens are affecting your health, often in a negative way. Starting to take some steps to switch over to a gluten-free lifestyle will improve your health. You don't have to do it all at once. You might just have more success doing it step by step.