Gluten has been called the direct cause of ADHD, Autism, and Celiac Disease. It has been labeled as one of the most direct causes of headaches, memory loss, and the possible development of Alzheimer Disease. This has to be one of the most shocking and devastating amoungst of information about any fiber or ingredient to ever come out, since Trans Fat were called out by the FDA about ten years ago.
Some of the sources of this information come from reliable sources such as the Department of Health and Human Services 2011 and The Department of Neuroscience and Psychiatric Health 2013. Our brains react different to different substances that enter our body, either by choice or incidental exposure through environmental elements that are out of our control, but the choice to consume foods and beverages that are not gluten-free may possibly be causing illnesses that we are possibly paying millions (if not billions) in healthcare costs that are comparable to smoking or eating foods high in saturated fats and we do not even know it.
Memory issues are one of the top issues among NFL football players, people who have experienced repeated traumatic head injuries over time, and the possible reduction or even total elimination of gluten to higher risk populations of people has some positive implications for those at risk. Many people have reported that after only two or three months of being gluten-free, the need for large amounts of coffee to get going to in the morning are not required to acquire that “sharp” feeling that many people report having after their “morning coffee.” Most people have a very tough time not getting their morning caffeine fix, they suffer from headaches, mainly something called a “cluster-headache” that seems to affect a seemingly large portion of the brain, not too severe in nature, but very uncomfortable. People who go without caffeine also tend to be more moody and get very overwhelmed easily, but the data behind the science shows, other than the headaches, these are all psychological conditions.
So, why is gluten so important not to consume, or at least to reduce intake? If there is compelling evidence and scientific data showing that gluten is causing the above mention illnesses and diseases, then the importance is to stop putting gluten enhanced foods in our diets. The importance is not a “fad” as I have read on blogs about going “Gluten-Free” in my research and understanding of the affects of Gluten and the human brain, is not a “fad.” A person who firmly believes in the gluten free diet is Steve Levin, a radio host whose view is very right wing and who, may or may not be, your favorite person or source to believe in, but his political stance is not what is important here. What is important is his dedication to being “Gluten Free,” and his reporting on being “Gluten Free” is first-hand and undeniable. He stated in March 2013, that in six months of being “Gluten Free” that his memory has increased, he is able to remember parts of his life that were once foggy or were hard to remember, are now being recalled by him with ease. A consensus that is agreed upon by most people who struggle with memory issues, their first signs of how this diet is being helpful to them is the ability to recall memories that were once were difficult, if not impossible to just recall without thinking energy to bring up past thoughts and historical events in your life.
More importantly are most of the people who read this article just going to run into their kitchen’s and start throwing out all the bread, biscuits, beer, pizza, and so forth into the trash? Possibly not, it’s like the theories of Tectonic Plates, we all know it is a very REAL theory and in the world of science, theories are very plausible and taken as fact. The elimination of gluten in the general diets of majority of people’s food consumption and the positive effects that it may have with your brain is just a theory with a lot of supporting evidence from the FDA, HHS, and other leading scientific journals. It may be worth your time to look at the reduction of gluten if you feel the need to and you may mentally benefit from a “gluten free” diet.