As a nutritionist, people often ask me whether or not they should go gluten-free.
One thing's for sure: if you suffer from celiac disease, a life without gluten is the way to go.
But if you suffer from other symptoms—bloating, diarrhea, fatigue, autoimmune diseases, dizziness, hormone imbalance, migraines, or inflammation, to name just a few—these can be a signs of gluten intolerance. However, these can also be caused by other issues, including:
- Lactose intolerance
- Eating artificial sweeteners
- A toxic overload of synthetic substances and chemicals due to the food we eat and products we use
- A lack of certain nutrients
- Vaccines & medical drugs
To reinstate balance, we need to get to the root of our problems and find out what is wrong with each of us individually. Because my fatigue is probably different from yours, and your neighbor's food sensitivities are different from yours, it doesn't mean your body cannot handle some gluten.
My advice to find balance? Aim for a clean slate and see what works for you. Here's how:
1. Start with a juice & smoothie fast for two to three weeks to cleanse your system and flood your body with easy-to-digest nutrients.
I know this is tough in the beginning, but after a couple of days, you'll start to feel better than ever before. You'll find that your energy levels are sky high, the brain fog is gone, your skin glows, your hair shines, you feel light and happy and sleep like a baby.
Make sure to juice and blend to prevent a "hunger crisis" and also provide your bowels with some roughage.
2. After the cleanse period, slowly and systematically reintegrate solid food.
Work your way by introducing the most common culprits (dairy, soy, gluten, etc.) one at a time. Keep track of what you eat and how much with a food diary. Always note how you feel, too, so that you connect the dots.
3. Don't just detox your body; detox your house and bathroom cabinets, too.
Use organic products to minimize your exposure to harmful substances. Even better: make your own all-natural recipes.
4. Don't forget to move, meditate, and be mindful.
If you want your body and mind to heal, help them heal on every level!
Of course, this process takes time and not everyone is willing to actually follow through.
But as a formerly depressed, co-dependent and bulimic bacteriophobe, I can tell you that if you do follow through, there's a pot of gold waiting for you at the end of the rainbow.
Your body and mind are out of balance for a reason.
If you want them to heal, consider all possibilities. Find the common denominator and never take "you just have to live with it" for an answer.
Being happy and healthy is all about balance.
Go and find yours!
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