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 Wheat Detox

So you’ve decided to do a wheat detox … congratulations!
you may very well be taking the first step toward feeling like your ‘old self’ again …

to gain the full benefit of this detox, it’s important to understand
what it is and how it works …

a wheat detox is very different from cutting back or watching out for
for the detox to work, the body must be entirely decontaminated from all wheat  -
this provides the ‘control’ needed to properly ‘read’ the body’s reaction
to the reintroduction of wheat …
this is because a speck of wheat in a highly sensitive body
would in fact give a negative read because it would stil bel on high alert for the allergen ...
it is important for the defense mechanisms of the body to ‘step down’
so ensure that the body’s response to reintroduction is accurate  ---
to just cut back or watch out for wheat does not allow this ‘stepping down’ –

for this reason, reading ingredient labels is the #1 key to a successful detox …
a bonus is discovery of wheat in foods you'd never have guessed …
but we’ll look more closely at that further on …

when considering gluten vs wheat, think of it this way:
all wheat has gluten but not all gluten is wheat …
and one can be allergic to the gluten in wheat,
but not be allergic to the gluten in barley, for instance …
wheat allergy is by far most common while all-out gluten sensitivity is far less common …

to increase chances for a successful detox keep it simple -
just look for wheat on the ingredient label …
also the  ‘allergen notices’ posted beneath the ingredient lists are voluntary and not mandated,
so if you don’t see a separate allergen notice, don’t assume the product is wheat -free …
you still must read the ingredient list

Wheat is known in the business as a 'filler' and it can be found is some pretty unexpected foods (why?  it boosts profits)
here are some surprising foods to look for wheat:
anything barbecue (sauce, chips, meats) is likely to contain wheat (not sure why) - pickles (yes, seriously) … soy sauce … hot dogs … licorice … veggie burgers … salad dressing … anything malt (including beer and ale unless specifically labelled gluten free)

Wheat is also sometimes found in glucose syrup - starch (gelatinized starch, modified starch, modified food starch, vegetable starch)- some brands of ice cream, marinara sauce, play dough, potato chips, rice cakes, turkey patties.

Also look for wheat in all baking mixes and baked products, batter-fried foods, breaded foods, breakfast cereals, candy, crackers, processed meats, salad dressings, sauces, soups

Some types of imitation crabmeat contain wheat.

the point? to ensure an accurate detox and reintroduction,
never assume and READ EVERY LABEL BEFORE PUTTING anything into your mouth - 
that’s probably the hardest, and most difficult part of a detox -
to read all labels because there are time when hand to mouth is just quicker than eye to brain


Here are a couple tips to make your detox journey easier…

1.) for the duration of the detox stick to foods you know for certain are wheat free …
that way, you don't have to bother much with reading labels, and you lessen the chance of accidentally ingesting wheat and throwing off the reintroduction results...
 
2.) don't take any culinary adventures while detoxing  … that way the detox won’t interfere much with daily life, contributing to an easier detox and increasing success for the body defense mechanism to ‘step down’ ...

3.) think of allergy vs. intolerance/sensitivity this way: an allergy triggers the immune system (rash, swelling, inflammation, etc.), while the intolerance/sensitivity reaction is mostly digestive 

a good source of information is the Celiac Disease Foundation -
to get you started, here’s a link to their definitive list of wheat in foods, etc.
And while i urge you to explore the site, keep in mind that celiac disease
is the most sensitive form of gluten allergy – 

for some folks ingesting just a speck of wheat can bring on anaphylactic shock, even death …
that’s why the site discusses issues like cross-contamination,
a situation when food, even wheat-free food, is cooked in a non-wheat-free environment – 
for instance, wheat-free bread toasted in the same toaster used for wheat bread could dangerously injure some folks suffering celiac disease …

now probably you wouldn’t go into anaphylactic shock, 
but you very well might have reactions in events like cross-contamination ... 
so it’s good to be aware


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