Is Gluten Intolerance Related to Cellulite?
As we discussed yesterday, fostering healthy digestion is a critical aspect of cellulite recovery. Digestive disorders continue to be on the rise as we increase our reliance on the industrial food system.
In order to tackle this tough subject for our investigation, I thought it would help to bring in some outside expertise. So to explain today’s topic of gluten intolerance, I’m excited to present our first guest post here at CI. Please welcome, Liz Schau to our cellulite-investigating team (and while we’re at it, please show her some luv in the comment section if you are so inclined!).
Liz is a gluten-free guide for Examiner.com where she writes about gluten-free diets, news, research, and lifestyles. She also writes a weekly column on nutrition and natural healing at DearThyroid.org. After identifying gluten as one cause of her systemic candida infection and eliminating it from her diet, her autoimmune thyroid disease has gone into un-medicated remission. For Liz, identifying hidden food allergies has meant arresting the Leaky Gut process that was causing all sorts of symptoms, ailments, infections and impaired immunity.
Gluten-free diets have become increasingly popular within the last few years — grocery stores are lined with gluten-free products, restaurants are catering to the food-allergic community, and eating gluten-free (GF) was even predicted as a top trend for 2010. And while many people who go gluten-less report healing in chronic ailments, conditions, and diseases, eating GF is often criticized as nothing more than a fad diet — a new and risky way to lose weight. But in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Unlike other diet “trends”, gluten-free eating is based on solid science and groundbreaking nutritional information.
Gluten is a protein found in certain grains like wheat, rye, barley, kamut, spelt, and triticale. It is also added to most processed foods to enhance taste or texture. Because gluten can be a highly addictive substance, due to the opioids that are formed during the digestion of the protein, for many people, ingesting gluten is literally like ingesting a drug; a “comfort food”, if you will. This comforting opioidic byproduct, therefore, creates a cycle of addiction — and indeed, it’s difficult to think of a favorite food or meal (particularly one that we crave often) that doesn’t include some form of flour, bread, or dough.
Although gluten can give us comforting feelings, it also can wreak havoc on one’s body. This is because by some estimates, nearly 1 in 33 people are gluten intolerant. Other more conservative estimates say around 1 in 100. A person who is intolerant or allergic to gluten can experience a variety of symptoms and health problems, all seemingly unrelated. Everything from depression, anxiety, rashes and hives, iron and B-vitamin deficiencies, hair loss, thyroid dysfunction, osteoporosis, allergies, ulcers, digestive difficulties, canker sores, joint pain, learning disorders in children and failure to thrive to full-blown autoimmune disease or even cancer are all related to gluten intolerance.
One reason it is thought that gluten causes so much damage to the body is because it weakens the stomach lining. Gluten also blunts the villi that line our intestines, making it impossible for our bodies to acquire adequate nutrition. Over time, a weakened stomach allows food and bacteria particles into the blood stream. The combination of improper nutrition and toxins leaking into the body can cause damage to the entire body, including the nervous system and the vital organs.
Going on a gluten-free lifestyle diet is the only way to prevent, stop, or reverse any damage done by the grain protein. Going gluten-free allows a person’s gut to heal, which means no more unnatural leakage into the body, and for villi to heal thereby allowing for nutrient absorption to nourish a person’s entire body. Over time, and with proper diet, a person will no longer be vitamin and mineral deficient, and food will be digested and eliminated properly.
By the way, Liz is one of those cellulite success stories who one day realized her cellulite no longer existed after she switched to Real Food. I asked her to write her Cellulite Story so we could glean some insight from her experience, but she said her cellulite wasn’t much to begin with and she never tried to actively treat it. It’s absence was just one of those things she “happened to notice” after being on real food for awhile.
(Now remember, ladies, we LIKE Liz! And who knows, maybe we’ll be saying the same thing someday!)
So thank you, Liz, for contributing to the case on cellulite! What do you think, my fellow cellulite sleuths? Do any of you recognize the symptoms of gluten intolerance in your own experience? Do you think it could be related to your Cellulite Story?
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