GLUTEN is a known trigger for so many people with gut issues. It alone can be a trigger for “leaky gut” and inflammation, which is why none of our products contain gluten. People who have celiac disease must remove all traces of gluten from their diet as gluten is the trigger. Eating gluten damages the small intestine in those with celiac disease, so that they can’t absorb their nutrients from food and also experience stomach and gut related issues. Although there is no cure for celiac disease, following a strict gluten free diet can prevent symptoms. This is a circumstance where it is medically essential that gluten be removed. A gluten free diet means removing all grains that contain gluten. These include wheat, rye and barley. To see a comprehensive list, please visit this link from the Celiac Disease Foundation (https://celiac.org/gluten-free-living/what-is-gluten/sources-of-gluten/)
Some people go gluten free because they simply find it is easier on their digestion and it’s also become a bit of a trend, with loads of gluten free products available everywhere. It’s important to note though that going straight from a gluten containing to a gluten free diet is not healthy. Gluten contains many prebiotic foods for your gut bacteria. Most people get about 70% of their prebiotics from gluten containing foods and if you suddenly take them out and swap them out for gluten free foods, which contain considerably less or no probiotics, you ultimately start to starve your gut bacteria and negatively affect your gut health.
SO PERF bars are not only gluten free, but also loaded with prebiotics and probiotics as well as incredibly high in fibre, which are all essential for people who go gluten free.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition. It has been shown that people with other autoimmune conditions are also affected by gluten consumption through a process called molecular mimicry. Studies have found that simply removing gluten in some circumstances brings people into remission from Hashimoto’s Disease (where your immune system attacks your thyroid gland). With molecular mimicry, what happens is that gluten gets into the blood stream due to leaky gut (leaky gut is a prerequisite for all autoimmune conditions). Your immune system sees this and creates antibodies against gluten because it should not be in the blood stream, which is the right thing for our body to do. So, if gluten looks like ABCD in the blood, the immune system is creating antibodies to ABCD that float around the blood stream to destroy it. Sounds good, right?! However, different tissues in our bodies also have that amino acid sequence ABCD, and our immune system can accidentally destroy that tissue as well, which can amplify autoimmunity. Eliminating gluten can, therefore, calm things down.
Aside from celiac disease, there is also something called non-celiac gluten sensitivity. This is when people don’t have celiac disease, but experience sensitivities related to gluten consumption like depression, brain fog, bloating, low energy, etc. They find that once they remove gluten from their diet, their symptoms resolve. This is why it is included in a lot of elimination diets to see how people feel without it, and then with it again, once reintroduced after 21 days.
Gluten is also part of the high FODMAPs foods list created by Monash University. People who have IBS can react to gluten and other foods on this list due to the sugars in them. Therefore, avoiding gluten can give them relief from their symptoms.
So, as you can see, there are different reasons for going on a gluten free diet – celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, IBS, and autoimmunity. All four of these groups will feel relief when they follow a gluten free diet.