You are at your favorite restaurant and warm bread fresh out of the oven reaches your table. The bread steams and puts off an aroma that instantly makes you salivate. The olive butter that accompanies the bread is screaming at you to spread it all over and stuff it down your throat. But why is it when you see a bread or wheat products, do you crave it and want to eat it so badly? As you know, bread and wheat products contain Gluten, a protein consisting of a mixture of glutelin and gliadin; which is commonly associated with Coeliac Disease. Everyone, to some extent, has an intolerance to gluten whether it be chronic or acute.
Not surprisingly, most people actually crave bread, bagels and pasta. The reason is that wheat products contain opioids, substances with amino-acid sequences very similar to those in narcotics. These substances can set the stage for addictions, overeating and binge eating in most people. Although you may be reading this thinking that you don’t have any problems with gluten, everyone has an undetected gluten sensitivity. This is why so many autoimmune diseases have become so rampant through the last 50 years.
Osteo and Rheumatoid arthritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Coeliac Disease, bowel cancer, Endometriosis, Asthma, Upper Respiratory Infections, Diabetes, Graves Disease, Glue Ear, hormone and menstrual problems such as heavy or irregular periods, fibroids or issues of pregnancy like Toxaemia, bone deformity, Ankylosing Spondylitis, excema, Psoriasis, migraines, depression, anxiety and addictions, as well as a tendency towards alcoholism and other substance abuse ‘disorders’ (grain based ‘fix’), and recently psychiatric disorders have been linked to ingestion of gluten. Yes, that is a lot of diseases and maybe you don’t have any symptoms from the gluten you are consuming. Your acute reaction to gluten might be null, but when you develop one of these diseases associated with “normal” aging, know that one thing you should do is cut out gluten and come to me, Eddie Lester, to learn more about eating a Paleo Diet.