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Gluten-Free Does Not Equal Healthy

Amberleigh CarterComment

The term "gluten-free" has become very popular in today's society.

Not that I disagree with the thought of not ingesting gluten, for many reasons, but a better option would be to avoid grains.  In addition to grains containing gluten, a couple of more alarming points are that grains contain toxic polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and phytic acid.

PUFAs (i.e., found in vegetable oils, grains, leafy green vegetables, margarines, etc.)

  • Lower the immune system
  • Are estrogenic
  • Inhibit protein breakdown
  • Lower energy metabolism
  • Increase inflammation and aging
  • Contribute to senility
  • Can lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Can lead to sterility/infertility
  • and so on.

In addition, phytic acid allows for poor bone health and can block the absorption of zinc and magnesium, two essential nutrients in creating an efficient metabolism. 

So, whether or not you may be "gluten-sensitive" or "gluten-intolerant", is less pressing than the issue of you being more "grain-aware".   Furthermore, beware of "gluten-free", processed products that contain a ton of preservatives, fake sugar, and other harmful ingredients.  You may be "gluten-intolerant", but your body is also "toxin-intolerant".  Coconut flour, rice flour, and the occasional organic Jasmine rice are acceptable, all in moderation. 

And remember, it is always best to eat real, whole, organic foods in the right ratios, at the right time, for your particular body.  After all, it takes life to give life.

Go Bloat Yourself

Amberleigh CarterComment

Beans, beans, they're good for your heart; the more you eat them, the more you...create a sluggish metabolism.

When it comes to eating the right protein sources, grains, lentils, soy, and beans tend to be low quality nutrients and contain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which can greatly slow down energy production in the body.

These "protein" sources lower protein digestion, reduce mineral (i.e., calcium, zinc, etc.) absorption, decrease oxygen intake in your cells (decreased energy), and contain phytoestrogens, which increase your level of estrogen in your body. 

Increasing your estrogen levels (whether you're male or female) causes edema (swelling/bloating), increases cortisol (stress hormone), creates blood sugar instabilities, and much more.  So your body isn't bloating just for sh*ts and giggles...it's telling you something.

Although eating the right kind of protein decreases estrogen and many other anti-metabolic factors, it does not mean to increase your animal protein intake by 10.  Consuming high-quality, non-inflammatory protein plays an essential role in the body; however, too much protein, not enough carbohydrate, and vice versa, all contribute to blood sugar instabilities.

The key is to keep meals balanced and frequent to normalize blood sugar, stabilize hormones, decrease inflammation, increase absorption and nourishment, and create a healthier metabolism for increased energy.

So you can tell your grains, soy, lentils, and beans to go bloat themselves.