Eat your grains! Grains are a part of a healthy breakfast! Eating grain is good for your brain!
We all grew up hearing this. However it seems that with each passing year there are more and more studies as well as anecdotal evidence that suggest that human beings shouldn’t be consuming grains, especially the ones containing gluten. On the surface it seems obvious, the only creatures who eat a diet consisting mostly grains are birds, and yet the USDA felt the need to have grains at the base of their food guide pyramid for years. These days more and more are adopting a gluten-free diet, and apart from weight loss and an increase in energy, many are observing an increase in mental clarity after saying goodbye to gluten.
Gluten is a protein found in most commonly consumed grains. Wheat, barley, rye are the three most popular grains in the average North American’s diet, and they all contain gluten. Not everybody is gluten intolerant, and while it may be trendy to go gluten free, you should only consider eliminating gluten if you experience negative side-effects after ingesting it, or if a medical professional advises you to.
While some might say that “brain fog” is a mild symptom and something to be ignored or not taken seriously, it should be considered that whether you are at school, at work or even socializing, you need your full mental capacity. Most people are ambitious, they want to make friends, get married, graduate with honors, get hired, get promoted and live their lives to the fullest. Mental clarity is essential and in many cases a requirement for those looking to get ahead in life. How can a high school student expect to pass his or her SATs if their brain is working at full capacity. How can a parent handle a 40 hour work week while at the same time taking care of their children without their mental focus and clarity at one hundred percent?
One reason for mental clarity issues could be that those sensitive to gluten may experience leaky-gut syndrome as a result of ingesting gluten. Leaky-gut syndrome interferes with the body’s ability to properly ingest nutrients. This can result in brain fog in certain individuals. Once gluten is eliminated and the body can once again digest and metabolize food, the brain will once again be able to absorb the nutrients you eat and the brain fog is alleviated.
Another potential reason could be malabsorption, which occurs when the body sees gluten, or any other nutrient, as a threat and attacks the GI tract. Malabsorption typically occurs in those with Coeliac In addition to being extremely painful, this can also have particularly dire effects on children, who need their digestive system to work properly in order to learn, grow, play and to simply enjoy life.
While it may be tempting to self-diagnose or to jump to the conclusion that all gluten is bad for every single person, one should avoid jumping to to rash conclusions regarding matters as serious as one’s health. Always consult with a Doctor before making any important decisions regarding yours or your family’s health.
written by: MrMagpie