At OVitaminPro, you know we support a gluten-free lifestyle. Having lived it and seen its benefits, gluten-free living can make a huge difference in your overall health and it’s something that doesn’t just happen behind the scenes – you can actually FEEL a difference when you go gluten-free.
The reason that gluten-free diets are so powerful is because so many of us have sensitivities to gluten and we don’t even know it. Gluten is present in everything from the obvious foods, like bread and pasta, to the not-so-obvious foods, like soup bases and ice creams. For most people, cutting out the gluten can mean fewer digestive issues and better health overall. The key is to first take a look at your diet and see where the gluten is coming in. Then, you’ll want to look at testing.
Gluten sensitivity testing and gluten intolerance testing can give you a much closer look at what’s actually happening with your body. Blood tests, saliva tests, and urine tests through our clinical lab services can give you a complete picture of what your body is currently experiencing, what you need to do to make it healthier, and what things you might need to cut out in order to live the best quality of life. Dealing with gluten sensitivity is essentially like dealing with chronic inflammation. You don’t feel well and you know something’s not right, but you’re not sure where to begin. For anyone considering the possibility that they may have gluten sensitivity, we highly recommend getting tested.
But don’t think that gluten-free diets are only good for those who have been tested and/or diagnosed! In fact, we recommend gluten-free living as something for everyone. Ancient man didn’t eat the grains that we do and so much of our diets is dependent on gluten-rich starches. As a population, we are surrounded by overly processed foods, modified grains, and gluten-filled foods that make us unhealthy in a variety of ways. Gluten-free living is a lifestyle and as we’ve experienced for ourselves, it’s a pretty great one!
Going gluten-free doesn’t mean you have to give up the foods you love. You just need to make a few changes to your current diet. Here are some of our best resources to help you get started on the path to living gluten-free: Gluten Resources.
Once you go gluten-free, you may notice a lot of changes in your body. Some people experience weight loss, thanks to cutting out all of those processed sugars and starches. Some people feel more focused and like they have more energy. Others feel good every time they eat, instead of discomfort. The benefits of a gluten-free diet are many and we hope you’ll consider it as being an option.
And don’t worry – gluten-free dieters can still get all of the necessary nutrients needed to stay healthy! You’re still giving your body lots of lean protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and starches. You’re just cutting out a particular starch and diversifying the starches you do eat.