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Dr. Davis even mentions how removing wheat reduces those LDL small particles that were mentioned in my last blog. Gluten causes an inflammatory reaction and remember from my last blog what inflammation leads to among several other things? Hint: high cholesterol.
A really important thing to remember while discussing all of this gluten-free talk is that getting adequate fiber can't be forgotten. Sometimes it's a struggle to think of other foods that will provide a decent amount of fiber so read below for some examples. I've also listed benefits of fiber and possible consequences of a gluten-full diet. Another thing to note is that a recommended intake for the elderly has not been established since certain amounts of fiber can inhibit absorption of medications, and most elderly individuals are on a plethora of medications. This is also something to keep in mind for anybody who is on medications as it could be decreasing the efficacy of their medication. For these people their Naturopath should assist them in monitoring symptoms with fiber intake to determine the perfect amount.
Recommended intake for adults is 20-35g/day
Recommended intake for children is age + 5g/day
- Beans and nuts generally have 10-20g/cup
-Split peas: 16g
-Lentils, pinto and black beans: 15g
- Fruits and vegetables generally have 2-15g/cup
-Apples (w/skin): 5g
- Don't forget to read labels and make sure fiber>sugars
- These are all snack foods so it shouldn't be hard to get adequate fiber from them alone
- If for some reason you can't consume these foods there are several good fiber supplements out there but please consult with your local Naturopath before you go out and buy one.
- You can find a more thorough list of high-fiber foods here (some have gluten)
- May reduce appetite and decrease food consumption which may prevent obesity
- Dampens peaks and summits of blood sugar and insulin leading to less stress on the pancreas and possibly less risk of diabetes. This will also reduce carb cravings
- Helps remove toxins from the body
- Reduces small LDL particles which may reduce cardiovascular disease risk
- Alleviates constipation which may help prevent several digestive issues including colon cancer
- Acid reflux, acne, addiction to wheat products, ADHD, alopecia, alzheimer's, appetite increase, arthritis, asthma, atherosclerosis, autism, autoimmune disease, cancer, cataracts, central fat, cerebellar ataxia, dementia, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, eye damage, fat belly, hair loss, heart disease, inflammation, insulin resistance, irritable bowel syndrome, kidney disease, liver disease, male breasts, neurological impairment, night cravings, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, obesity, overweight, oral ulcers, osteoporosis, peripheral neuropathy, prediabetes, psoriasis, rashes, schizophrenia, seizures, skin conditions, vitiligo, weight gain, weight loss,
- These conditions are all proposed by Dr. Davis in Wheat Belly, some with a large amount of evidence behind them, some theoretical.
If you have any questions or input feel free to comment below or email me.