Have you ever noticed that after you have bread from that beautiful basket of rolls at a restaurant that you just can’t stop eating it? That’s happened to me too!
In addition to being addicted to bread and the starch and sugar it contains, however, gluten intolerance can trigger mood swings, depression and anxiety.
People who are gluten intolerant can suffer from mood problems, depression and anxiety when they eat foods that contain gluten. In children, this can also be expressed as learning disabilities or behavioral issues such as hyperactivity. Gluten can damage the brain and nerves of gluten-sensitive people. The symptoms from gluten occur through its action on the nervous system and affect brain function.
Gluten intolerance often express itself as chronic bowel problems especially constipation, and cravings for gluten-containing foods such as refined sweets and starches.
The best way to find out if you are gluten intolerant is to eliminate gluten from the diet and challenge after 2 weeks – meaning adding gluten-containing foods back into the diet and observe the reaction.
Here are some gluten-free grains that you can explore: brown rice, buckwheat, amaranth, cornmeal (polenta), millet, quinoa, wild rice and oats/oatmeal (sometimes oats can contain gluten due to content, contact or contamination during the manufacturing process).