Gluten is a protein found mostly in wheat, rye, spelt, barley, kamut, bulgur, and triticale.
The name gluten comes from the latin word glue, which is an appropriate name given it's sticky and elastic in character and is often used in food to hold it together. Gluten has been given a bad rap over the years, but does it deserve such slanging or are there really serious consequences for eating the stuff?
My focus is on how wheat and gluten affect gut health, in particular constipation. Wheat has been included in this chat because gluten is a big component of wheat and wheat in and of itself has a few properties that negatively affect the belly and overall body.
Back in the day, I was a huge fan of gluten and wheat. The kind of person who would lovingly offer guests bread as a snack if they came over. It wasn't unusual for my day to consist of warm toast with a massive lashing of Nutella for breakfast followed by a deli sandwich at lunch, and Mum's amazing homemade schnitzel smothered in crunchy breadcrumbs with potato mash and vegetables for dinner.
Fast-forward to my 20s and 30s, post-naturopathic studies and after many years of personal and patient experience, I know too much about the harmful effects of wheat and gluten, and quite frankly being a gal who has experienced constipation, bloating, and depression in the past I would rather smear my body in cow dung than give it such fuel. I see no place for regular wheat and gluten intake, especially if your goal is to improve poor digestion and elimination.
Before you shoot the messenger, check out the key reasons I lovingly ask that you ditch gluten and wheat, especially if you want to have daily bowel movements and amazing gut health.