I know this is going to be controversial for some of you but I find that this issue is extremely important.
It has potential and very real side effects of an increasing nature in our society.
What I’m talking about is the over-use of wheat in our western diet and the increasing resistance to it. More and more, people are being diagnosed with allergies and other serious conditions due to the gluten in wheat and other grains.
We eat a lot of wheat and perhaps unwittingly too much of it.
While we may think we’re pursuing the varied diet our bodies need, the truth 1 is that:
-wheat features in a lot of what we eat. For instance we may have a wheat-based cereal or toast for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, pasta for dinner, plus possibly snacks of biscuits, pastries or cakes throughout the day. That adds up to a lot of wheat!
Like variety so too much of anything can create a problem.
As with many foods in our modern diet, the breeding modifications made to increase yield and storage life have changed the plant significantly. These changes potentially make the foods we eat unrecognisable by the human body as something that is completely nutritious and life-sustaining. It’s my belief that this may make us more susceptible to developing allergies and sensitivities.
A sensitivity or allergy to wheat can produce a variety of symptoms in the body such as sneezing itching, rashes, watery eyes, runny nose, coughing, hay fever, headaches, nausea, digestive problems, swollen limbs or general aches and pains.
Intolerance – otherwise known as coeliac disease – is an inflammatory condition of the digestive tract, caused by gluten – a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats.
Common chronic illnesses and conditions such as asthma, eczema, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome and
Arthritis are often associated with wheat allergies.
Sufferers are advised to eliminate wheat from their diet altogether and replace with rice, corn, millet, buckwheat or sweet potatoes. And lots and LOTS of fresh produce!
I will add that this can be a word of advice for all of us. Reducing the amount of wheat that we ingest and varying our diets is a way of insuring that we don’t develop this “sensitivity” in later years.