9 Facts About Going Gluten-Free with a Paleo or Primal Diet
Even beyond the wonderful community
of people who have chosen to follow a primal or paleo kind of diet, there is a
rising trend of people in the world who are going gluten-free in order to
improve their health. We have been gluten-free for a while, as we are on a
A primal or paleo diet is a diet
that is centred around eating whole foods like meat, nuts, seeds, and
vegetables, and discourages the intake of processed sugars and foods, vegetable
oils, and grains. The primal diet allows the intake of full-fat dairy, while
the paleo diet does not.
Both the primal and paleo diets are naturally free of gluten, and teach you how to eat in a way that will allow you to avoid it without too much effort. Gluten is found in foods made with white flours, such as bread, pasta, and cakes, as well as a lot of processed foods and spices.
Gluten Can Make You Feel More Tired Throughout the Day
Giving up gluten has been shown to reduce fatigue and increase energy levels in those who are sensitive to it. Having more energy will mean fewer sugar cravings, as you will not need an afternoon sugar fix to bring your energy up. This could also be because going on a gluten-free diet forces you to eat more nutritional food.
A paleo or primal diet focuses on
nutrient-dense foods, which makes it easier to give your body everything it
Gluten Can Contribute to Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression
Neurotransmitters (which are chemical
messengers) help signals move properly between neurons in the body. Low amounts
of neurotransmitters have been linked to depression and anxiety symptoms.
Digestive issues, which are possibly caused by a gluten sensitivity can lead to
the malabsorption of nutrients, including those that help produce your body to neurotransmitters,
such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which are all important for brain
and mental health.
Gluten is Bad for Gut Health
can disrupt your digestive system, which can lead to weight gain, bloat, cramping,
the malabsorption of nutrients, etc. This is because gluten breaks open your
cell walls, causing them the become permeable, thereby allowing various food
particles and proteins to enter the bloodstream that should not be there.
body sees them as foreign substances, and launches an attack. In order for the nutrients
from your food to be absorbed properly, you need to sort out your digestive
system by cutting out gluten and other processed foods and eating to heal your
A primal diet or paleo-type diet is highly
beneficial for your gut health, as you are encouraged to consume foods that
promote gut health, such as high-fibre fruit, nuts, seeds, and vegetables, and it
discourages the intake of foods that damage your gut health, such as processed
sugar, gluten, and chemicals.
After a few months of cutting out
gluten and following a primal diet, your gut health could be a lot better, and
your body might be able to more easily tolerate certain foods that caused
irritation to your system before you cut out gluten.
Cutting Gluten Helps You Follow a Healthy Primal/Paleo Diet
If you cut out sugar and gluten, you are also cutting out foods that are high in calories and offer little nutritional value, such as pizza and doughnuts. I call them empty calories. Going gluten-free will also help you stay away from highly processed foods that increase blood pressure, cause water retention and bloating, and negatively affect glucose levels.
Going Gluten-Free and Primal/Paleo Can Help Hormones
sensitivity could affect hormonal imbalances. Many women with PCOS struggle
with weight gain and have trouble losing weight. Quitting gluten could help
correct these imbalances and make weight loss easier.
Going Gluten-Free and Primal/Paleo Reduces Inflammation
Going gluten-free can help improve sports injuries and speed up recovery, as it can reduce inflammation. A gluten-free diet can also help with muscle aches due to lower inflammation.
Gluten Can Cause Unhealthy Skin
can cause digestive issues and inflammation, which shows up on your skin. Acne
is inflammation. Gluten causes inflammation, which can cause acne, especially on
the forehead, cheeks, and chin. It also causes other inflammatory skin issues,
such as eczema and psoriasis, and increases the chances of developing skin
pigmentation. Cutting gluten could mean less inflammation and less need for
gluten sensitivity can make you look puffy and bloated. It
also speeds up glycation, which is a process that can be described as the
breakdown and damage of protein fibres, such as collagen, and leads to
Gluten Can Lead to Hair Loss
can cause the malabsorption of nutrients, due to damage caused to the gut
lining, which could lead to hair loss. This is because your body does not
absorb essential nutrients like iron, amino acids, and biotin that are needed
for hair growth as well as it should.
and anxiety can be signs of gluten sensitivity.
Gluten Can Make You Feel Gloomy and Drowsy
regular consumption of gluten has also been linked to adrenal fatigue. Fatigue
does not feel good. The increase in energy from cutting out gluten can help
prevent you from feeling low.
can make your brain feel foggy. So, cutting gluten could help improve mental
clarity as well.
If you want to improve your health, cutting gluten can help
you greatly. Going on a paleo or primal-type diet makes it a lot easier to eat
healthily and cut out gluten. It is still okay if you have it in moderation and
follow the 80/20 rule (eat healthily 80% of the time).
But hopefully, in knowing what some of the side effects of
eating gluten are, you will decide to limit your consumption and choose to put
the health of your body and your goals first. It is not that difficult to cut
out gluten, you will just have to read a lot of labels at first, but it becomes
easier over time.