What is gluten?
Going gluten free is one of the biggest health trends of the past decade, however, there is confusion over whether gluten is problematic for everyone or just those with certain medical conditions, Such as celiac disease. Gluten is a type of protein (prolamin) found in wheat, barley and rye. The main prolamin in wheat includes glutenin and gliadin. While the primary is barley.
Gluten is a highly elastic protein, which is why they mix well with bread and baked goods. Gluten containing grains and food make up a big chunk of modern day diets. “gluten proteins are highly resistant to protease enzymes that break down proteins in your digestive tract, the incomplete digestion of proteins allows for peptides – large units of amino acids, which are building blocks of proteins – to cross over through the wall of your small intestine into the rest of your body.” (Healthline) It is possible for this to trigger gluten related conditions such as celiac disease or gluten intolerance via the immune system.
Gluten intolerance refers to three types of conditions: celiac disease, wheat allergy and non- celiac gluten sensitivity or intolerance.
Celiac disease: those with CD report improvements of symptoms when following gluten free diet.
Nonceliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS): diagnosed when the person does not have CD or a wheat allergy, yet experiences intestinal symptoms, headaches, fatigue, joint pain, fuzzy memory and low energy levels after consuming gluten containing foods.
People with NCGS usually also report improvements in symptoms when following a gluten free diet. Gluten has been linked to autoimmune, Digestive, and skin problems such as acne. The best way to rule out a non-celiac gluten sensitivity Is through the elimination diet.
Grains containing gluten and non-gluten, sugar should be avoided if struggling with acne. Gluten can make gut more permeable which allows proteins enter the blood stream, this promotes inflammation which can lead to acne or aggravate existing acne.
When you eat starchy carbs, grains, sugar and fructose, It causes a surge of insulin like growth factor called IGF-1 in your body. The surge can lead to an excess of male hormones, which can cause your pores to secrete sebum, hence promoting acne causing bacteria.
When my acne was at its worst, I was consuming all gluten containing foods, bread, pasta, pizza, cakes, malt, pastries. soy, barley, bakes goods, etc… I was always tired and sluggish, my memory was always fuzzy, but after trying the elimination diet for a few months, my acne did not completely disappear but I noticed a massive reduction in acne lesions, and felt less bloated, more energetic, and happier.
Gluten free snacking ? Can’t find gluten free food in Lagos ?
If you’re gluten free or thinking of going gluten free but not sure where to get yummy gluten free snacks and food, You have come to the right place! my favorite place to get gluten free snacks is a La Point supermarket in Victoria Island, Renee’s supermarket in Lekki, and Hale and Hearty whole foods store in Lekki. My favorites are gluten free popcorn, bread, cookies, banana bread, pasta, tortilla chips and cereals from La Pointe, Renee’s for gluten free Oats, cereals, and granola, Hale and Hearty for all your gluten free flours and more snacks.
Going Gluten free isn’t for everyone, but if you are experiencing chronic acne, constant bloating, fuzzy memory, depression and chronic headaches, it might be beneficial to try an elimination diet for a few months to rule out a gluten intolerance!