There are more and more people who, while they are not coeliacs, have a gluten intolerance. You may not have detected it yet because you have not had the proper tests, but you may be gradually damaging your body and causing health problems which you would rarely associate with gluten.
Gluten is present in some grains such as wheat, rye, barley, emmer, spelt, triticale, farro, kamut, bulgur and oats. The function of gluten is to give flour dough elasticity, a consistency valued by manufacturers of this product.
In itself, gluten is not harmful, except for coeliacs. If you are not a coeliac but you suspect you may have a gluten intolerance and you have bad digestion, the best thing to do is to remove gluten from your diet as soon as possible.
Nowadays, we consume a large amount of gluten. This can weaken our digestive systems and over time may give rise to digestion difficulties with other foods such as milk, meat and fried foods, etc.
We must be careful with certain products that we add to our shopping lists, such as: processed foods, ready-meals, soy sauces, cold meats, ice cream, chocolates, candy or chewing gum. Some food products indicate that they contain gluten.
The most obvious symptom is digestive problems, although you may not always have problems after eating gluten. It may be that after a time, your body suddenly reacts.
There are a number of disorders that may be related to gluten intolerance, such as:
- Migraines and headaches.
- Hormonal disorders.
- Uncomfortable digestion.
- Constipation or diarrhea in some cases, despite having a good diet.
- Mood swings.
- Joint pain.
- Mouth sores and ulcers
Following a gluten-free diet does not mean renouncing foods like bread or cereal at breakfast; we must maintain a healthy lifestyle. In nature there are gluten-free grains such as corn, rice, millet, buckwheat, amaranth, teff and quinoa.
There are many healthy foods that are ideal and necessary for our bodies, such as fruit, vegetables, legumes, potatoes, cassava, nuts, milk, cream, fresh and cured cheese, meat, fish, eggs, oil and butter.
Here are a number of natural remedies to help you with your illness:
- Chamomile: It reduces gastrointestinal inflammation and stomach pain.
- Horsetail tea: It reduces inflammation of the digestive tract
- Yogurt: It has a number of good bacteria that help improve our digestion.
- Aloe vera: It helps to repair the digestive system
- Garlic: It contains anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties which help to reduce bad bacteria in the digestive system.
- Licorice: It has antioxidant and anticarcinogenic properties. Its anti-inflammatory properties help the small intestine.
- Paprika: It has anti-inflammatory properties that help digestion.
- Lemonade or pineapple juice: They provide nutrients from fruits whose nutrients help the digestive process. Lemon neutralizes the acid of the stomach.
- Probiotics: They help digestion by contributing good bacteria into the digestive system.
- Dandelion: It has many helpful properties for the treatment of various illnesses. It helps digestion and stimulates appetite. It helps the intestines absorb more nutrients from foods
- Fish oil: It prevents intestinal inflammation as it acts as a lining
This illness is not the end of the world. With healthy habits, we can live a normal and happy life!