Gluten Intolerance [Infographic]

Gluten Intolerance - Infographic
You may be a health conscious individual who doesn't indulge in obvious weight gaining activities - like drinking sodas or other sugary drinks or eating highly processed, snacks or junk food that are laden with unhealthy fats.  You may be exercising regularly and employing stress reduction techniques. You may even be in your ideal weight range and not at all overweight.  Yet you struggle with belly fat.  No matter how healthily you eat, or how much you exercise, or how often you meditate, that stubborn belly fat and those love handles remain.

Inability to lose stubborn belly fat (whether you are generally overweight or not) can be due to various factors, or a combination of several factors.

It could be that a hormonal imbalance is causing or contributing to weight gain (particularly in the abdomen region) and sabotaging weight loss efforts,.  You may be high in estrogen, cortisol or insulin, and/or low in testosterone and DHEA.  To get to the bottom of a hormone imbalance, you need to have your hormone levels tested.

It could be that you are toxic. If you are not detoxing regularly, you've probably accumulated a whole host of environmental toxins in your body that are interfering with your ability to lose weight, especially abdominal fat.

You may be gluten intolerant.  Gluten is the protein composite found in modern-day wheat and related grains.

Many leading medical doctors and health experts now maintain that long-term consumption or over-consumption of foods containing gluten from modern day wheat and other grains directly results in the accumulation of visceral fat in the abdominal and stomach region.

To find out if you have a form of gluten intolerance, first check some of the symptoms listed in this infographic.  These include bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, skin problems, muscle and joint pain.

Then get tested for wheat allergy and celiac disease.  If these tests come back negative, you may still have gluten sensitivity, now called non-celiac gluten sensitivity.  Some doctors offer saliva, blood or stool testing.  However, many holistic and wellness professionals say that the best way to diagnose gluten sensitivity or intolerance is by the process of exclusion.  I.e., excluding all gluten containing foods from your diet for a period of at least two (but preferably three weeks) and monitoring symptoms for improvement.

If you decide to try the exclusion method and go on a gluten-free diet, be prepared for a challenge - especially if you've been eating a lot of processed or prepared foods. Unfortunately, gluten is present in thousands of foods that we eat every day - as this infographic illustrates.

Before embarking on a gluten-free or any diet, it is suggested that you do some research and consult a qualified healthcare professional, particularly if you are taking medication or have a medical condition.

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