Now, I know what you’re probably thinking – I’m not addicted to anything!
You’re addicted and you feed your addiction probably three times a day. No, it’s not alcohol tobacco or drugs. It’s something that you’re eating. Yes, you’re addicted to one particular food. The food industry knows about your addiction. They’re betting that you’re going to stay addicted and they’re working on keeping you there. That’s why it’s so hard for you to stop eating bread, pasta, scones, donuts, and bagels. Yes, what you’re addicted to is wheat and the products made from it.
I’m not talking about carbs as comfort food. I mean there is a component in wheat that acts on the same centers in your brain as cocaine. There are components of wheat that act like morphine. They are called exorphins, which sounds like endorphins . Exorphins are opiate-like chemicals that our brain makes. They make us feel good, but they are not good for us. They give us brain fog, they make us feel sluggish during the day, they can cause constipation. Most importantly, they keep you wanting more.
Exorphins increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. They cause weight gain. And, of most concern, they increase your risk of memory loss and Alzheimer’s. Eliminating wheat is one of the most important things you can do to keep your memory working well lifelong, and lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Going gluten-free is simple but it’s not easy. Take the first step by removing one piece of bread from your sandwich. Try substituting lots of green and yellow vegetables for pasta at dinner. Limit cakes and cookies to special events. As time goes on you can work on eliminating other carbohydrates from your diet.
Don’t give up on breaking your addiction. It’s the best thing you could ever do for your health. Your brain will thank you.