Brain Benefits of a Gluten Free Diet
Gluten-free has been a health fad for many years now and I can see why. To start, several studies have already associated this diet to a healthier brain.
Gluten is a type of protein found in wheat and is a cause of celiac disease. While only around 1.8 percent of the population suffers from this disease, neurologist and author Dr. David Perlmutter said that approximately 30 percent of us could suffer from gluten sensitivity.
Going gluten-free protects your cognitive function from weakening
Now, what exactly happens when we suffer from gluten sensitivity? Because our brain responds adversely to inflammation, we could experience memory loss and severe headaches.
Going gluten-free cannot guarantee that we will never suffer from memory loss or severe headaches but it can at least lessen the possibility of it occurring and affecting the quality of life.
Going gluten-free helps the immune system to ward off diseases
According to Dr. Perlmutter, gluten fuels the cells of our intestines to secrete zonulin, a protein that controls the absorbency of the intestine. The more we intake gluten, the more we produce zonulin, which leads to the corrosion of the walls of the intestine (Leaky GUT).
Should this happen, it will pose a lot of challenges to our immune system, thus making us vulnerable to various diseases. Going gluten-free can help us avoid weakening our immune system so our bodies can continue fighting off diseases.
Going gluten-free fuels the brain
Instead of feeding our brain with carbohydrates and sugars, it is a lot healthier to feed it with healthy fats including eggs, nuts, and seeds. I suppose it is not rocket science to know that it is important that we nourish the brain to enable us to do the activities we need to get through the day.
Written by Sarah Jones:
Sarah writes for Simmer and Zest. She wants to promote a healthy lifestyle by guiding her readers to choose the right ingredients and use proper cooking techniques.