In a piece of brain tissue no larger than a grain of sand, you will find around 100,000 neurons, with over a billion synapses communicating with each other. The chemical messengers that coordinate the transmission of signals between nerve cells in the brain and throughout the body are called neurotransmitters. They affect many processes including mood, memory, cognition, concentration, alertness, energy, appetite, pain, and sleep.
I have seen over and over again how one man’s superfood may be another person’s poison. Fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts are without question staples of a healthy diet. But did you know that some of these highly nutritious foods might be poisoning your body and sending your defense mechanisms into chronic overdrive? Nature’s weapon of choice in this matter is a compound called oxalate.
It’s true. It is possible to cut gluten out of your life and still eat well. However, you have to be smart about replacing gluten in your diet. The boom of allergen-friendly foods these days makes going GF easier, but some of them will do more harm than good.
If you took a look at my first two Gluten articles, you now understand the science behind the body’s relationship to gluten. But how do you avoid gluten? Is gluten hiding in foods that you normally eat? What about gluten in other products, like skincare and home products? If you are trying to cleanse your life of gluten, read on.