The health destroying effects of modern wheat are many and varied, so you may want to think twice before you wolf down your favorite pasta dish.
Wheat has been a staple crop for thousands of years, ever since the first wheat crops were cultivated in the upper Tigris/Euphrates at about 7500BC. This ancient natural wheat is often referred to as einkorn wheat or farro and only has two chromosomes unlike today’s hybridized wheat, which has five chromosomes, with all the attended bad health effects.
Wheat is Low in Mineral Content
Unlike the wheat varieties of old such as einkorn, the wheat of today is low in mineral content, with low levels zinc, magnesium, iron, copper, and selenium. The wheat in your bagel or pretzel is stunted and lacks the nutrient absorption abilities of its ancient ancestors.
Wheat Triggers Inflammation and Joint Pain
When you tuck into a pizza, pancake, or waffle you are likely to increase your risk of arthritis, asthma, heart disease, and diabetes. It does not make that much difference whether the wheat flour is white flour or untreated, brown flour.
The gravies and Alfredo sauce for dinner could trigger a response from your immune system. Your body views wheat gluten is as a pathogen, and mounts a response causing inflammation of the joints and auto immune diseases.
Gluten in wheat increases the production of the protein zonulin, which damages the intestinal wall, allowing toxins to enter the blood stream, causing more inflammation. Damaged small intestines or a leaky gut causes malnutrition by reducing nutrient absorption.
Symptoms of wheat gluten intolerance and sensitivity are headaches, poor mental acuity, depression, ADHD-like behavior, constipation, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, joint pain, and chronic fatigue.
Wheat is Addictive and Bad for Mental Health
When you cannot stay away form your favorite tortilla or potato chips, blame it on the addictive nature of wheat. The gluten exorphines in wheat attach to opiod receptors in your brain, giving you that temporary high. Wheat proteins are also implicated in different mental problems including schizophrenia, eating disorders, autism and much more.
Gluten proteins can enter the central nervous system and trigger many types of mental disorders. Wheat gluten has been implicated in autism, ADD and schizophrenia.. Evidence on glutens role in schizophrenia continues to mount.
Pesticides are used on most wheat harvested. Malathion is a neuro-toxin pesticide and is used on almost 50% of all wheat. The pesticide affects the hormone levels in our bodies.
Natural, non-hybridized wheat such as einkorn is a rich source of anti-oxidants and other minerals. However, suffers of celiac disease should remove gluten containing foods from their diet. In sufferers of celiac disease gluten protein damages the small intestines causing toxins to be released into the bloodstream and weak nutrient absorption.
More information on celiac disease can be found at : http://celiac.org/celiac-disease/what-is-celiac-disease/
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