Dr Oz: 10-Day Gluten Sensitivity Plan
Dr Oz was talking to a woman named Lakisha about going gluten-free due to her nagging negative symptoms. Dr Mark Hyman joined Dr Oz and explained that gluten can lead to all sorts of other problems like irritable bowel, reflux, constipation, and even colitis. You skin can be affected as well, with gluten possibly giving you hives, rashes, or eczema. He shared that 30,000 people were studied for 30 years and it was discovered that there was a 35% increase of death from things like heart attack and cancer even if you don’t have celiac disease, if you’re sensitive to gluten.
Dr Hyman had a 10-day program for eliminating gluten. He said the whole point of the plan is to get rid of it completely and then slowly reincorporate certain foods back into your diet to see how your body handles them. He said if you take something away and then put it back, your body will react immediately.
Dr Oz: Go Cold Turkey
The first step of the plan is to go cold turkey from gluten for 10 days. As if it wouldn’t already be hard enough, Dr Oz had an entire display of gluten foods like muffins and bread displayed on a table to signify what Lakisha will be giving up. Lakisha said it looked like her counter. Dr Hyman explained that gluten is found in grains. You can find it in things like wheat, barley, and oats. He said the key is giving up 150% of gluten with no exceptions, because you could have a reaction to even a teaspoon full if you’re really sensitive.
Lakisha said it would be hard, but it was easier knowing it was just for 10 days, and that she would feel a whole lot better after giving it all up.
Dr Oz: Hidden Sources Of Gluten
Dr Oz then said that Lakisha has to uncover all the hidden sources of gluten and get rid of those for 10 days as well. Dr Hyman explained that a lot of the processed food we eat has gluten in it that we may not know about. Chicken soup, onion soup, and beef broth all have gluten, which many people may not know. Salad dressings, marinades, beer, and even lipstick. Certain vitamins and minerals as well as prescriptions, envelopes and stamps have gluten in them as well.
There truly are some shocking sources of gluten out there!
Dr Oz: Gluten-Free Grains
The good news is that there are a lot of great things out there that you can eat that don’t contain gluten, even grains. Some examples of gluten-free grains include black rice, amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa, and teff. Dr Hyman called black rice “the blueberries of grains” saying that it’s full of antioxidants and is low in sugar. Teff is a grain from Africa that you can make as well.
Dr Oz said you’re basically replacing foods you’re used to eating with foods that are used all around the world that could taste even better.
Dr Oz: Vitamin B-12 & Folate Sources
The next step of the 10-day program is loading up on Vitamin B and folate. Dr Hyman said when your gluten sensitive and you have gut inflammation, you don’t absorb all the vitamins and minerals in your diet, so you become nutrient deficient. Vitamin B-12 and folate are incredibly important. You can get vitamin B-12 from low-mercury fish, meat, and poultry like clams, salmon, or beef.
Folate is found in dark leafy greens like asparagus, broccoli, and spinach. You can even get it from black eyed peas.
Dr Oz: Reintegrate Gluten
After the 10 days are up, you want to reintegrate gluten to see if symptoms return. You want to do a gluten stress test to see what happens to your body. If the symptoms come back, you know your body doesn’t like it. Dr Hyman said you want to see where you are the spectrum when it comes to what you can eat and how much.