Something we often hear is bad for us is Gluten but do you know why?
Gluten and joint pain is something that has been linked together. In this article I will be talking about What is gluten and why is it bad, does gluten cause inflammation, potential benefits from not eating gluten, how to eliminate gluten and also alternatives to gluten.
What Is Gluten And Why Is It Bad
Most of you might think that gluten is flour made out of wheat, Gluten is actually different proteins that are found wheat, it is however also found in rye, barley and triticale. Be aware that gluten also comes in different forms and is often mixed with other grains such as spelt, graham and durum.
Gluten is something that a lot of people are sensitive to and this can show itself in various different ways such as stomach pains, tiredness, inflammation.
The main reason I believe that gluten is bad for us is because it does not contain any essential nutrients for our bodies, what so ever. If you have Rheumatoid arthritis or any other auto immune disease gluten is something you should stay away from.
Does Gluten Cause Inflammation
The answer is yes. Does gluten cause joint inflammation? The answer is yes!
This question does not have a perfect answer. Studies have however shown that gluten affects your immune system and it triggers it, especially in case were auto immune disease are found, to attack itself. Which then will lead to increased inflammation and pain.
So on the topic of things to avoid when you have rheumatoid arthritis gluten is a big one.
You are already suffering from inflammation due to your immune system attacking itself, you should not be adding food that will increase this event.
The first thing you might notice is that you do not get as bloated or gassy. Perhaps your bowel movements will change.
Gluten can also be a contributor to you feeling tired, especially after eating it, so there might just be some more energy coming your way by staying clear of gluten.
Your immune system and over all health might improve, due to the fact that, gluten is a high inflammatory food and will cause your immune system to go into full battle mode.
By eliminating this you will notice a difference in your overall health and also with your Rheumatoid Arthritis and/or other auto immune diseases.
How To Eliminate Gluten
Since gluten intolerance is very common, finding gluten free products will not be hard. Most products will be labeled “Gluten Free”. Home made food will always be the best, you know what goes into your food and you will not be expecting any unwelcome surprises. When purchasing pre made, gluten can be found in, but is not limited to, soups and sauces, bread and other baked items, breakfast cereals and of course pasta.
But by reading the back of the label you should be able to avoid any gluten.
Alternatives To Gluten
You will always be able to find gluten free bread. I prefer to purchase my bread in the organic food stores as they usually come with sourdough and sugar free etc. Might be a tad pricier but it will do wonders for your body.
Pasta is also something that will be easy to find alternatives to. You will be able to find gluten free pasta in pretty much any grocery store, buckwheat or rice pasta are two good alternatives. When I buy pasta I buy either gluten free or if I can find it bean pasta.
Instead of couscous you can try quinoa, which is also full of good nutrients for your body.
If you are intending to bake, do not worry, there are alternatives for flour as well. I am a big fan of almond flour as it is simple to use, you can find it anywhere and it gives a really nice flavor to anything and everything.
When making sauces flour and water is commonly used as a thickener. However,. Kuzu root can be used instead. You can read more about kuzu root in my article about enzyme rich food
If you love your chocolates, there are gluten free alternatives even here.
My to go to chocolate is the vego hazelnut chocolate bar. It is completely gluten free, it is also vegan and fair trade.
It is however not sugar free. So do not over indulge as sugar also is a big no no for auto-immune diseases, like Rheumatoid Arthritis. You can find the product in a lot of organic food stores but it can also be purchased online. You can find the product here.
You will be able to find alternatives by either researching or using your own imagination, your health must however come first and if staying away from gluten and putting some effort into alternatives then it might just be worth the few hours when you can gain a life.
By trying to eliminate gluten from your diet, you will notice a big difference in not just your food and how you feel but also in your joints. I did not think that I experienced any changes until I went back on gluten. Oh boy, I felt instantly tired,
My stomach started bloating and the next day my joints were very sore and painful.
Excluding gluten alone, will not take away all your symptoms or your pain but it will make a difference.
A noticeable difference.
To be able to live a life free from symptoms there are more steps to follow, just little things to do that will add up into one.
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it and I hope it will help you. If you have any questions or comments, please drop them down below and I will get back to you.