Should You Go Gluten-Free?

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Many professional athletes are recognizing the performance benefits of going gluten-free. Professional tennis player, Novak Djokovic, has had a breakout season he attributes to eliminating gluten from his diet.

-Gluten is a sticky protein molecule found in wheat, rye, barley, and other grains.
-Gluten is difficult to digest and highly allergenic.

-1 out of every 133 people have celiac’s disease, which means they cannot digest gluten at all and will develop a severe, allergic reaction after consuming gluten.
-1 out of every 7 people are gluten intolerant, which means they have allergic-like reactions after consuming gluten.
-Most people today are unable to properly digest gluten because most gluten is not prepared properly.

Sprouted Grains:
-Sprouted grains, like Ezekiel Bread, are easier to digest and do not contain phytic acids.
-Phytic acid is found in most grains today and blocks vitamin and mineral absorption.
-When consuming grains, it is best to consumer only sprouted grains in moderation.

Side Effects of Gluten:
-Digestive Problems (Bloating, Gas)
-Stomach Pain
-Brain Fog
-Mouth Sores

Gluten-Free Diet:
-Professional athletes and teams are consuming gluten-free diets because gluten causes inflammation, slows down recovery, and decreases performance.
-Whether you’re a professional athlete, a stay-at-home mom feeding your kids, or a business man on-the-go, going gluten-free is a good option.

Foods that Contain Gluten:
-Ketchup and Mustard
-Pasta Sauces
-Cold-Cut Meats
-Go gluten-free as much as possible.
-Consume only sprouted grains in moderation.
-Try gluten-free alternatives.

Gluten-Free Alternatives:
-Bean Flour
-Almond Flour
-Coconut Flour
-Sweet Potatoes
-Brown Rice

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*This content is strictly the opinion of Dr. Josh Axe, and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Dr. Axe nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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