Cutting Back on Gluten, Dairy, Refined Sugar, and Meat

Plenty of sound evidence shows that it’s a good idea to reduce your intake of gluten, dairy, refined sugar, and meat. Here’s why.

1. Wheat grown today is very different than the wheat grown a hundred years ago. It has been genetically modified and bred to generate increased crop yields. This change in the make-up of wheat has caused a huge surge in negative physical reactions ranging from weight gain to allergies to inflammatory diseases. The protein in wheat, called “gluten,” is what causes these adverse reactions in many people. This is why a growing number of Americans are now moving toward gluten-free diets.

2. Over-consumption of gluten, dairy, refined sugar, and meat leads to a buildup of toxins in your body. Some symptoms of excessive toxins are hormonal dysfunction, respiratory conditions, inflammatory diseases, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, nervous system dysfunction, reproductive dysfunction, immune system dysfunction, psychological and brain dysfunction, metabolism and weight control dysfunction, kidney and liver dysfunction or damage, birth defects, and even cancer.

3. A healthy diet consisting of more fruits and vegetables is one of the most powerful ways to ward off or heal disease. Some of these health benefits include improved cardiovascular health, a reduced likelihood of getting colon cancer, repairing cells, and helping to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and macular degeneration.

4. If your diet consists mostly of fruits and vegetables, you’ll easily drop weight and keep it off. When you’re eating large amounts of fiber and nutrients, your body will drop the weight naturally, and you won’t crave unhealthy foods so much. 

5. You’ll help the environment. Massive amounts of resources are used to raise cattle and other animals for eating. Along these same lines, you’ll lessen the volume of toxic chemicals released into our waters. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), chemical and animal waste runoff from factory farms is responsible for more than 173,000 miles of polluted rivers and streams.

6. Cutting back on your intake of gluten, dairy, refined sugar, and meat reduces body odor and bad breath, and your hair and nails get stronger. Your skin will improve, too. You’ll look better.

7. You’ll lessen your chances of contracting food-borne illnesses. The way animals are treated in mass production facilities is deplorable. You can only guess how much fecal bacteria they carry.

8. Paying attention to the torturous conditions these animals suffer makes us more conscious of our obligations. We can’t claim to be an evolved species otherwise. We can get most of the protein and nutrients we need from plants.

9. Saving money through smart grocery shopping helps. Buying meat is expensive. Vegetable sources of protein are considerably cheaper—like quinoa, legumes, brown rice, soybeans, etc., not to mention the future doctor bills you are avoiding.

10. You’ll have more energy. The standard American diet consists of animal flesh at almost every meal and processed foods that the body cannot even identify. When you give your body what nature intended, you release it from the burden of digesting foods with practically no nutritional value. In turn, you free up more energy for your body.

The old saying “Everything in moderation” holds true in most cases. Removing gluten, dairy, refined sugar, and meat completely from your diet might be too stressful and undesirable. Still, cutting back on excessive consumption of these things makes for a much better life. There’s no question about that. If you’re young, imagining how you want to look and feel when you’re older can inspire dietary change. If you’re older, it’s good to know that a change in diet can transform your health and appearance. Maintaining a sensible diet is well worth the effort.

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