Have you ever heard of a “leaky gut”? Does the thought of that gross you out or are you intrigued?
What if I told you that the simple act of eating bread could create a leaky gut?
Don’t panic and don’t start cleaning out your pantry.
The Leaky Gut was the topic of a lecture I listened to at the Florida Dietetic Association’s Annual Symposium. It was a very scientific discussion, but Dr. Fasano mentioned several points that I think are worth sharing.
Please take them with a grain of salt. Dr.Fasano spoke from the latest scientific research, however a major change in your diet should come along with a consultation from your doctor or a registered dietitian.
Dr. Fasano said that your “gut” is like Las Vegas. What happens there, doesn’t stay there.
There are apparently certain “tight junctions” that function as a gateway from your intensional tract to the rest of your body. Some nutrients are supposed to leave your gut and travel elsewhere in the body, however certain larger particles moving could create a problem. The majority of the discussion related to gluten and autoimmune diseases.
Here are the points I wanted to share:
- Humans have 30,000 genes. Conventional grains that have been engineered have 150,000 genes. Makes ya think?
- 99.9% of our human ancestors ate gluten free. Thus human genetics aren’t apt to handle gluten.
- Humans don’t have all the enzymes needed to fully break down gluten. Certain strands stay intact and those are the ones who leave your gut and create inflammation.
Bottom Line: Eating gluten creates gut leakage in EVERYBODY according to Dr. Fasano.
Some people are more able to process and clear gluten out, however those who have celiac disease can’t and it leads to further complications.
The speaker said that he does eat gluten, but a type of pasta with a low gluten percentage and only about once a week.
I always “try” to eat gluten free and I notice a flatter, happier stomach when I do. This just further strengthens that hypothesis for me.
The FDA symposium also had an exhibit hall where I scored some great samples. Pero peppers! I love these and I hope to partner and blog with them soon.
I also found lots of gluten-free goodies and Chobani in full force. I made sure to tell Chobani how much bloggers love them and their savvy social media ways.
I also got in a 4-mile training run before the conference. I attempted a very short tempo run since my mileage is still low.
|Sweaty, no makeup #notashamed|
I did a 1.5-mile warm-up and then 2 miles at “tempo”. I was aiming for under 8-minute pace but it didn’t happen. I can blame the heat, the heavy leg workout I had 12 hours prior, or I need to train harder. I’ll train harder.
For those of you asking about the Advocare cleanse that I’m doing it is going very well. I haven’t adjusted my diet at all, but I am down about 2 pounds and I notice a flatter tummy. Again, your results might vary, but I’m simply sharing my personal experience. I also ate really off my normal schedule today, so I'm wondering how I will feel come mid-week.
What’s your take on gluten? Have you heard of the leaky gut before?
Love and wheat protein,
Carissa & Kyle