gluten, muscle wasting, and your sex life
Gluten is linked to Celiac Disease almost 100% of the time, but the fact is that Celiac Disease is just one of hundreds of manifestations from gluten damage. There are over 300 disorders scientifically linked to gluten and clearly it is impossible to cover that list in one article, so let’s focus on just two: bodybuilding and weight loss (including fat loss for definition).
You know those 300 disorders I mentioned? Two of them are muscle atrophy1 (where your body starts eating away at your muscle) and accelerated deterioration of bone mass2. …kind of important elements when you want to build or maintain muscle and have the skeletal strength to lift weights in the first place.
A lot of people are “gluten concerned” but most people haven’t so much of heard of the word “gluten” or wrongly think it’s just a fad diet. They talk about training hard, harder than everyone else in the gym, eating well, drinking power shakes, yet still they can’t put on the mass they want or they struggle with fat loss… and quite often gluten is causing the problem.
Does gluten play a role in this every time?
The answer is: not 100% of the time. But here’s the question: why would you force your body to process something that is the world’s hardest food to process (that includes meat). Today’s wheat has 42 chromosomes and is impossible to process. Why wouldn’t you give your body something it recognizes as food instead of as a chemical invasion, let your body absorb that real food’s nutrients easily, and allow your body to use up that extra free time to do something else… like flush fat!
Trainers of the best athletes in the world work hard to figure out which foods they can process more easily with maximum nutrition. It is a “secret weapon” for them and the reason they get better results than the less informed.
Guess what? You don’t need to be a competition bodybuilder to help your body run more efficiently! The same principles apply to anyone who is breathing now. You want maximum nutrition at minimum effort so that your body is free to do its normal functions plus have leftover energy to let you enjoy life.
Getting to that place where you are functioning so well that the body you want is super easy to get (imagine that) as well as no 3pm-hit-the-wall moments, no difficulty getting out of bed in the morning, and being ready to go for a 5 mile walk after dinner instead of collapsing in a half-coma in front of the TV…. THAT’S what I am talking about. Let’s refrain from discussing what it’ll do for your sex life, but you do the math ;)
Don’t take my word for it on the muscle or sex part – this isn’t the only study with these findings: “reduced conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone caused by low levels of 5 alpha-reductase… …impotence and loss of libido”3.
BOTTOM LINE: stop fueling your Ferrari of a body with low grade fuel. …while you’re at it, get genetic testing for Celiac Disease so you’ll know if you are up against more than just over-processed food – statistics say 1 out of 3 have the genes for Celiac4 (despite the plethora of myths misinforming people that it affects only 1% of the population).
If you REALLY care about your health, get the true facts on gluten and Celiac / Coeliac Disease.
1Hall, WH. Proximal muscle atrophy in adult celiac disease. The American Journal of Digestive Diseases, Volume 13, issue 8 (August 1968), p. 697 – 704. ISSN: 0002-9211 DOI: 10.1007/BF02232993 Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht
2Rabelink NM, Westgeest HM, Bravenboer N, Jacobs MA, Lips P. Bone pain and extremely low bone mineral density due to severe vitamin D deficiency in celiac disease. Arch Osteoporos. 2011 Dec;6(1-2):209-13. doi: 10.1007/s11657-011-0059-7. Epub 2011 Jun 15.
3Sher KS, Jayanthi V, et al. Infertility, obstetric and gynaecological problems in coeliac sprue. Dig Dis. 1994 May-Jun;12(3):186-90.
4National Institutes of Health and University of Chicago, Celiac Disease Center,12.12.2011
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