6 Things That Happen To Your Body When You Stop Eating Bread
3. You’ll Have a Reduced Risk of Various Illnesses
Gluten is made up of immunogenic anti-nutrients called gliadin and glutenin. Not only do they not provide any benefit to your health, they literally attack your body as you eat! This is why, according to Alessio Fasano, the Medical Director for The University of Maryland’s Center for Celiac Research, nobody’s digestive system is equipped to properly handle gluten. He says that although a certain number of people are diagnosed to have gluten allergies, these people are just more sensitive to it than others.
According to Discovery News: “We do not have the enzymes to break it down. It all depends upon how well our intestinal walls close after we ingest it and how our immune system reacts to it.”
In fact, wheat contains glyphosate residue which can increase your risk of leaky gut syndrome by increasing intestinal permeability. Furthermore, avoiding wheat will further reduce your risk of chronic inflammation and joint pain. So, even though you may not see a direct link between the two, cutting bread out of your diet can significantly reduce your risk of chronic illnesses.
4. Your Digestive System Will Be Happier
As previously discussed, a human’s digestive system finds processing wheat to be a somewhat difficult task. Most commonly known gluten-related medical conditions include wheat allergy, wheat sensitivity, and Celiac disease, but there are a plethora of other digestive conditions that are less known.
Isabel Skypala, Ph.D., a specialist allergy dietitian at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust explains this further. “Probably one-third of patients in my allergy clinic complain of digestive symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain after eating bread,” she says “Some people find certain foods are simply hard to digest and wheat appears to be one of those.”
Even though wheat is present in a range of different food products and might seem impossible to avoid, a good and effective way to start is by giving up bread. If you are someone who suffers from irritable bowel syndrome, avoiding wheat (and other fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols) can actually make life a lot easier for you!
5. You Won’t Have As Many Cravings
Refined wheat bread is devoid of any nutritional value thanks to the manufacturing process where its stripped bare of any nutrient-rich wheat bran and germ. This is why the body finds it easy to digest and convert into glucose, especially with the help of the starchy endosperm present in the bread.
As we saw, this can cause your energy levels to spike. Similarly, since your body doesn’t really get any nutrition or fiber from eating bread. This, along with your glucose levels dipping low, can make you feel hungry more often. Therefore, avoiding bread can stop you from craving more simple carbs and unhealthy snacks throughout the day. In fact, it would be best to replace the bread with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and the occasional complex carb to keep you feeling full until the next meal arrives.
6. You’ll Be In a Happier Mood
For all the reasons we’ve discussed previously, and beyond, erasing white bread from your diet can ensure that you are in a happier mood overall. For instance, we know that the digestion of bread can cause spikes and crashes of blood sugar. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the same hormones that cause such fluctuations may also be responsible for mood swings, tiredness, and other symptoms of depression.
Furthermore, we also know that it can increase your risk of being diagnosed with various medical conditions from wheat allergy and Celiac disease to leaky gut syndrome and irritable bowel syndrome. Needless to say, a life free of such ailments is sure to be a happier one!