The Gluten Free Challenge is a program where we help you to eat Gluten Free for 1 month. You will be provided shopping lists, eating guides, recipes, a sheet to track your progress, weekly pre-recorded accountability calls, and much more.
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If you are participating in the Interactive Healing Experience, you know that the nervous system is the master system that controls everything in the human body. You may have also heard Dr. Martone mention how there are three systems in the body that are incredibly connected: the nervous system, the immune system, and the digestive system. You cannot affect one without affecting the other! The health of your digestive system IS the health of your brain, and vice versa.
What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein found primarily in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is present in breads, cereals, flour, etc. Gluten is also a very effective and cheap binding agent, so it can be found in everything from ketchup to soy sauce.
The food we eat today is not the same food that our grandparents ate 60 years ago. Most of our grains are genetically modified, sprayed with tons of toxic chemicals, and sit in silos for a year or more before being processed and brought to our table. As a result of this, your immune system may have started to recognize gluten as an antigen (foreign invader) instead of food! Your body’s response is inflammation.
When you have chronic inflammation in your digestive tract, it breaks down your intestinal lining. This intestinal inflammation also leads to an inability for your body to absorb all the possible nutrients in your food.
Over time if this process keeps going, your intestinal lining starts to look like Swiss-cheese. When this happens, different proteins enter your bloodstream that are not supposed to be there. This triggers a huge immune response and massive inflammation throughout your body. Over time, this will also break down your blood-brain-barrier, which is what keeps bad things out of your brain. Systemic inflammation also lowers your pain threshold (causing your body to perceive pain where it had not before).
If your blood-brain-barrier is broken down, the next step is inflammation in your brain. When the microglia cells (immune cells in your brain) are activated, they can be very difficult to turn back off. As a result, different parts of your brain become inflamed. Some symptoms related to this include: depression, anxiety, brain fog, and memory loss.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, on a molecular level, gluten looks similar to human tissue. When we chronically trigger the immune system in our digestive system by eating gluten, it is very easy for our overactive immune systems to accidentally ‘tag’ human tissue as an invader as well. If the genes that turn this process on are triggered, there is no going back; and you now have an autoimmune disease for life. The increased rate of autoimmune disease is one of the biggest problems in our health care system today.
Here are some common problems that may be related to gluten:
- Chronic Pain
- Brain Fog/Depression/Memory Loss
- Hair Loss
- Rheumatoid/Psoriatic Arthritis
What are some of the benefits of going Gluten Free?
- More Energy
- Weight Loss (Avg 8 lbs)
- Less Bloating and cramping
- Better Sleep
- Clearer Thinking
- Less Pain