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Wheat & It’s Role In Anxiety

Could it be that our breads, pastas, & cerials are at the root of everything from anxiety, depression & migraines to autism, Crohn’s & diabetes. Everyday papers & studies are emerging confirming just how bad this stuff really is. With the threat of GMO’s at a all time high, the stakes have never been greater.

There is no dietary requirement for wheat/grains, yet in most cases it makes up the majority of our diets today. A lot of the time people can eliminate just this one thing & feel a dramatic improvement in mental clarity, energy, mood & even sleep. That is, if your sleeping well now, are you sleeping well? We never stop & ask ourselves how we feel, how we think, or how we sleep. There is a lot to be said for getting adequate quality sleep regularly. If I could sell quality sleep in a bottle I would be rich!

In my previous blog I went into detail about all the different classes of proteins found in wheat & why they are so important to be aware of. Deamidated Gliadin & Gliadorphins (aka Gluteomorphins) are simply the by-products of partially digested wheat. Remember, 100% of us do not have the digestive capability required to completely break this stuff down. So this means we are all affected in one way or another by what I’m about to explain, if you choose to eat wheat or any other gluten containing grains.

These peptides or partially digested gluten molecules just so happen to be toxic to our brains. They call these particular peptides Gluteomorphins because they bind to the opiate receptor sites in the brain like morphine. This stimulates our opiate receptors producing endorphines, the feel good hormones. You’d think this is a good thing, but when you have a bagel for breakfast, sandwich for lunch, pasta for dinner & this continues everyday for a lot of us. Eventually this causes a down regulation of the receptor, causing it to stop working.

We are no longer able to recieve the endorphin signaling in our brains. This is why Gluteomorphines are associated with anxiety, depression, attention deficit & autism. Bottom line is eating gluten makes it harder to feel happiness & life satisfaction.

Believe it or not, this is the exact same mechanism in the development of type II diabetes. We all grow up eating this way, from birth we eat so much sugar that we down regulate our insulin receptors. I know your thinking, “but I don’t even eat a lot of candy”. The truth is any form of carbohydrate is eventually broken down by our bodies into glucose. To make a long story short, a whole wheat muffin or bowl of oatmeal gets turned into the exact same thing as a can of soda or bag of candy. Not to mention the roller coaster of high blood sugar levels followed by insulin rebounds & insatiable hunger.

Think about this, what if I’m right…what if we’ve been going through life this whole time & been constantly dealing with low levels of inflammation. Well, I can tell you with 100% certainty we have. If you don’t believe me, good, I dare you to be a experiment of one.

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The Gluten Free Revolution

Well friends the information I’m gonna share with you is hard to take. I’m gonna do my best to not get too technical. Sad but true that one of our favorite foods is really taking a tole on everyone of us.

Gluten is not digestible by any human –Dr. Alessio Fasano.

Wheat & gluten containing grains like barley & rye are not digestible by 100% of humans. You see, when we ingest food we have an array of digestive enzymes in our saliva glands, stomach, pancreas & small intestine. Those enzymes are responsible for breaking down food into nutrients: amino acids (from proteins), fatty acids and cholesterol (from fats), sugars from carbohydrates as well as vitamins & minerals.

We can’t do this completely with Gluten. The composition of amino acids is unusual & we don’t have the enzymes to deal with this protein. Unfortunately it’s the same protein that gives elasticity to our favorite foods like bread, pizza, & pastas. The wheat plant that we have today despite common misconception is not gmo, rather it’s a result of hybridization that has gone on since the beginning of agriculture. Gluten containing grains have changed over the centuries. Ancient grains had a much lower concentration of gluten than we have today. Now, roughly thirty to forty percent of the dry weight is all gluten. While a few centuries ago it was half of that

What does this mean? Well because the body doesn’t recognize this strange protein, it considers it to be a foreign invader (Antigen). Our immune system responds by ramping up production of Immune cells called antibodies. We can look at these antibodies like soldiers. Our antibodies are designed to bind to foreign invaders & excrete them in our bowel movements. Now, in some people these soldiers will stay in the gut & fight the battle. The collateral damage will be inflammation in the gut which brings about a whole host of symptoms including: GI issues, irritability, lack of energy, poor sleep, to name a few. There are other people where these soldiers are programmed to leave the intestine & go somewhere else. They can go to our joints & cause joint pain. They can go to our nerves & cause peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage). They can go to our skin & cause rashes or itchy, stinging, & blistering skin. Even psoriasis.

In the worst case, these antibodies bound together with these partially digested gluten molecules can go to our brains & cause inflammation there. As you can imagine this can be catastrophic. If not addressed, this inflammation can cause Head aches, Depression, Anxiety, Seizures, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Dementia, Schizophrenia, etc.

There can also be a Non-immune nutritional deficiency from malabsorption.

You see, this isn’t only a GI condition & it’s not limited to Celiac disease like most people think. This is why Genes are so important, it’s all dictated by our Genetic makeup. Well, there’s a few other factors involved & I will elaborate on them over the next few blogs. Luckily we have the power to change a few of them & I’ll get to that.

There are so many pieces to this puzzle & I plan on giving you all of them.

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