Historically, wheat is not bad for you. But since the 1980s, the new forms of wheat that have been genetically modified cause inflammation in our bodies, our guts to leak and trigger the increase in autoimmune diseases.
The vast majority of individuals who are sensitive to wheat do not exhibit any intestinal problems. Yet when they cut wheat out of their diets, they experience improvement: better mood, less PMS, clearer skin, less fatigue, clearer thinking. Those who struggle with autoimmune diseases or mental disorders often see improvement, migraines subside, eczema and psoriasis improve, joint pain decreases, and the list of improvements goes on and on.
Why is wheat bad for you?
Here’s what Dr. Perlmutter, a neurologist, and Dr. Davis, a cardiologist say about wheat:
- Did you know whole wheat is full of sugar? Yes, eating two slices of whole wheat bread could spike your blood sugar as much as eating two tablespoons of pure sugar. Not good because it could put you on the path to diabetes.
- This chronic spike in blood sugar and insulin can increase visceral fat around your belly. This abdominal fat manufactures excess estrogen in both men and women and can lead to breast cancer in women, “man boobs” in men.
- You may know that skin is our largest organ and part of our immune system. But did you know that excessive amount of wheat can advance aging and cause wrinkles? Wheat has also been linked to skin inflammation and psoriasis.
- And it doesn’t seem to matter what type of wheat. Organic, sprouted or stone ground, it’s still wheat. Wheat in and of itself triggers high blood sugar, visceral fat and inflammation.
- Wheat and baldness are linked. It seems that eating wheat can fuel a certain type of baldness, alopecia areata. This is the non-heredity kind, a type of hair loss that occurs in patches, usually from the scalp. Dr. Davis says he has patients who quit eating wheat products and regrow hair in their bald spots where skin once had inflammation.
- Wheat is the only plant food that generates an acidic by-product, which can affect your body’s PH level. You need to maintain a healthy PH level and non-acidic environment in your body so you don’t pull calcium from your bones. Bones that have become calcium depleted are ripe for fractures and osteoporosis.
- And lastly, elimination of wheat from your diet can help with fewer mood swings, better moods, deeper sleep and better concentration.
Anti-Nutrients in Wheat
There are several anti-nutrients that are found in wheat. What are anti-nutrients? Anti-nutrients are any substance, synthetic or natural, which disrupts and interferes with proper nutrient absorption.
1. Lectins: Causes Leaky Gut
2. Gluten: Bestows you with numerous ailments
3. Phytates: Robs You of Vitamins and Minerals
So, what’s the solution?
Amaranth: The most non-inflammatory grain in the world. Use it in breakfast cereals or rotis.
Quinoa: It the largest profile of amino acids needed to create protein that is required to build and maintain muscle. Use it to make rotis and pulaos.
Millets: An excellent replacement because they don’t require pesticides to grow and therefore are naturally organic. Can be used to make poha, chapattis, dosas, and pulaos.
Wheat free attas: there are quite a few gluten free and wheat free attas from various brands which can be used to make chapattis or rotis.
Avoid fast-food restaurants and convenience foods in the grocery stores and start cooking from scratch again. You’ll save money and your health. If you cannot avoid processed food then make sure you look at the ingredients and see whether they contain wheat.
But caution! If you decide to take yourself off wheat, be careful. Some folks experience withdrawal symptoms that include brain fog, irritability and extreme fatigue. So take it slowly and step by step. You can definitely cut down wheat if not eliminate it from your diet.