How well do you digest gluten free food?
Poorly digested food causes auto-toxicity, attracts parasites and increases inflammation even if it is gluten free.
Posted by Sue Visser | Last updated: Apr 02, 2013
What Happens to Gluten and Other Food We Cannot Digest?
Hippocrates said; “let your food be your medicine” but food can also be the cause of many illnesses. Today quick bread-based (exclusively wheat) meals and snacks are inexpensive and readily available but they contain little if any nutritional value. Convenience foods are compulsively enticing but they consist mainly of simple carbohydrates like white flour and sugar with trans-fatty acids, chemicals and preservatives. Some of the blood types tolerate this kind of food better than others, depending on the presence of wheat-friendly lectins. (A small percentage of the population still have them!)
But for anybody who tests positive for gluten intolerance must still avoid all forms of gluten, regardless of blood type recommendations. 50% of these people are also intolerant to milk. The gums and binders used in gluten replacements behave like gluten in that they are used to bind together finely ground up flour, especially rice that is then stuck together with an equally indigestible glue. Starch is digested by enzymes in the mouth called ptyalin. They have to penetrate the mouthful of food to become effective. We all know how people talk with their mouths full and drink beer or fizzy drinks with their meals, so chances are that the undigested gluten substitute travels down to the lower intestine almost intact.
A steady diet of indigestible and unsuitable food sets the scene for weakened immunity and auto-toxicity to undermine your health. It is well known that we have many parasites and pathogens dwelling inside us. They are usually kept under control by the liver and immune system, but foods that cause acidity within our blood, organs and tissues encourage a proliferation of pathogenic bacteria, yeasts, moulds and fungi. Keeping the liver healthy and the gallstones regularly flushed out is the best thing you can do to help the liver.
Beer and Pizza, a Horror Story
According to Aristo Vojdani PHD, people who cannot digest gluten proteins and peptides lack dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP IV). That is quite a mouthful to say. But he explains that they have identified over 150 different gluten peptides in a glass of beer. Imagine that combined with an innocent slice of pizza or a bowl of delicious slurpy pasta that isn’t even chewed properly. Evidently this onslaught of gluten peptides overwhelms the immune system with a flood of antigens.
The permeability of the intestinal wall gives way and the gluten-based particles escape into the bloodstream. This is how a leaky gut syndrome begins. “Ninety-five percent of our body’s serotonin is found in the gut, and it’s an important neurotransmitter for digestive health and function” is what Vojdani tells us.
He also noted a significant improvement in intestinal flora which not only affects digestive health, but other areas of the body as well when removing gluten and dairy products. A well balanced gut flora population is the key to a healthy immune system and improves the uptake of key nutrients and the synthesis of important vitamins, especially the B Vitamins.
The Leaky Gut Syndrome May also be Caused by Other Food You Can’t Digest.
Eating food that is not compatible with your blood type does not always digest very well, depending on the quantities you have consumed. One typical blood type reaction causes food particles to stick together in bundles so they cannot be broken down by digestive enzymes. It lingers for longer in the intestines and becomes a source of food for larger parasites like flukes and worms. An unhealthy intestinal environment adversely affects the beneficial probiotic gut flora that helps with the digestion and assimilation of food.
When the intestinal membranes are damaged by harmful bacteria they become too permeable or “leaky”. Toxins and larger food particles then escape and enter the bloodstream directly. These foreign particles (mostly wheat and gluten) set off immune reactions that cause inflammation and the release of histamine. This is how many autoimmune conditions such as arthritis, asthma, skin rashes and weakened thyroid or adrenal glands are caused. Some blood types are more prone to different autoimmune conditions, depending on their food tolerances. This is why we should always try to ingest what is easy to digest and efficiently excrete. If you still think that food has nothing to do with chronic autoimmune ailments, settle the matter by having a few of the latest and most effective tests for food intolerances. Ones that include saliva testing are far more revealing!
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