We are going to rest today and tomorrow because guess what Monday is? Assessment day! And we are halfway through the 60 day challenge. Here is some food for thought:
Not to many people are familiar with gluten-sensitivity and what it does to our bodies. It manifests into one or multiple symptoms: headache, depression, body pain, chronic fatigue, metabolism and thyroid problems, runny nose, sinus infection, cold sores, intestinal and stomach problems, osteoporosis, seizures, numbness in their legs, skin rashes, and tooth discoloration. Men and women are told they are infertile, ADHD, borderline diabetes, or they are misdiagnosed with irritable bowl syndrome, lupus, fibromyalga, Crohn’s disease, or multiple sclerosis. All these symptoms are have been linked to gluten-sensitivity.
How does this gluten-sensitivity work? Our bodies sense an invasion of any kind, it responds to eliminate the problem. The gluten protein molecules found in wheat are simply not digested well by humans. People who are gluten-sensitive develop an immunological reaction to these molecules that then start to inflame and destroy tissues in the body. Normal tissues become damaged, preventing growth and regeneration. In celiac disease, it is the intestinal villi that first become damaged and flattened. But there are many chronic health conditions that have an inflammatory component. Unfortunately, the inflammations caused by ingesting the gluten found in wheat, rye, and barley is usually seen as something else. The doctor ends up treating the symptoms and not the cause of the problems…gluten.
As we sit here today most foods consumed in a “westernized diet” are packed with gluten. From the whole grain bread at Subway to the delivery pizza we eat on a Saturday night. All these products contain wheat, barley and rye and lead to inflammation in our bodies. This inflammation is the number one cause of many of the illness affecting us today. From diabetes, gum disease to heart disease all these illness are associated with inflammation.
Quote of the Day:
If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected. – Sun Tzu, the Art of War