In just the past ten years, the number of people saying they are intolerant to gluten has tripled! But according to Dr. Susan Blum, there is just a small percentage of people who are actually allergic to gluten due to celiac disease. The overwhelming majority of people have developed a sensitivity due to the way they eat gluten. When you consume gluten every day, it may seem that every meal revolves around bread and gluten-rich foods. This is what causes the sensitivity, which in turn causes sluggishness, headaches, or exhaustion. However, the truth is, you don't have to cut gluten out of your diet forever! You just have to fix your gut and then work gluten back in the right way. Try this simple three-step plan from Dr. Blum.
Step One: Cleanse Your Gut With Oregano
Before anything else, you need to treat and reduce the overgrowth of bad bacteria in your gut that is responsible for the evident gluten sensitivity. Antibacterial herbs are the best for cleaning out that bad stuff, so for a full two weeks, cook with fresh oregano leaves or dried oregano every time you get the chance. You can even put it in your tea. After two weeks of 2-3 cups of oregano a day, you'll have the perfect start to healing your gut.
Step Two: Strengthen Your Gut With Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar will help you tolerate gluten better because it helps stimulate your own digestion, so you can break down protein and all foods better. You'll start taking it now during this three-step process, but you should continue taking it so you can continue to tolerate gluten. Take one teaspoon, either diluted in water or straight up, before every meal with gluten.
Step Three: Balance Your Gut With Probiotics
This step is essential. You've already flushed out bad bacteria, which makes it all the more important to replace it with the good bacteria that your body needs to process foods. Probiotics influence the entire ecosystem of your digestion, and that's ultimately the most important step in reducing gluten intolerance. Try foods like pickled, pickled vegetables, sauerkraut or kimchi, and greek yogurt. Work in at least one serving of these foods a day for those two weeks.
Once you have cleansed, strengthened, and balanced your gut health, you should be able to work gluten back into your diet, but it's important to do so in moderation so that you do not become sensitive to it all over again. Continue these steps beyond the two weeks and be careful about your portions of gluten, so you can continue to enjoy your favorite foods!