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The Effects of GlutenOne of the most important components of being healthy is choosing the right food to fuel your body. And while many grains are touted as being good for health, the truth is, gluten can have a negative effect for many. Here’s what you need to know about how gluten affects the body:

What is gluten?
First things first: what is gluten? Gluten is a type of protein that’s water-soluble and that’s found in a variety of grains. To be specific, gluten can be found in:

  • Barley;
  • Rye;
  • Wheat;
  • Oats; and
  • Triticale.

But shying away from grains doesn’t mean that you’ll be free from gluten; due to its unique characteristics—it’s what makes bread ‘doughy’—it’s often found in a variety of other products too, ranging from salad dressings to chewing gum.

The Effect Gluten Has on the Body
Gluten has a varying effect on the body depending on each person’s unique health profile. For those with the most severe gluten intolerance, Celiac disease is the result. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that’s characterized by damage to the small intestine. Side effects of Celiac disease can range from gastrointestinal complications to muscular skeletal complications to central nervous system complications.

However, even those who don’t have Celiac disease may still have sensitivity to gluten.  For many, the protein initiates an allergic reaction of sorts in the body, leading to severe inflammation (this can mostly be blamed on the lectins, phytic acid, and gliadins found within gluten). Inflammation can in turn lead to:

  • Fatigue;
  • Joint pain;
  • Mental health problems;
  • Acid reflux;
  • Infertility;
  • Skin problems; and
  • Weight gain.

For many, sensitivity to gluten is so minor that’s it’s not even noticeable until gluten is removed from the diet. To test whether or not you have gluten sensitivity, try going gluten-free for a minimum of two weeks.

Choosing Gluten-free Foods
Finding gluten-free foods can be challenging. And, simply replacing gluten-containing products with other processed foods isn’t a good choice either; these foods can also be inflammatory, and often contain strange chemicals and high amounts of sugar. Instead, choosing raw and natural foods is the best.

At Sweets Gone Raw, our products are always raw, vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free. When you choose Sweets Gone Raw, you’ll know exactly what you’re eating, and know that you’re providing your body with the best in food nutrition.

To learn more about our products and our mission, browse our website or contact us with questions today.

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Energy Boost with Sweets Gone Raw!Nearly everyone is all-too-familiar with the experience of feeling sluggish and slow, fatigued and lethargic. And if you’re anything like most people, your busy lifestyle demands more energy than you currently have to give. If your energy and fitness levels are running low, here are ­some quick tips for restoring your health, fitness, and vitality.

Improve Energy and Fitness by Reducing Sugar Intake
While sugar may give you a quick burst of energy thanks to a nearly immediate spike in blood sugar levels, sugar also leads to a quick crash-and-burn effect. When you fuel your body using sugar, a roller coaster experience ensues, leaving you even more listless than you were to begin with. Eating sugar is also associated with other health complications, and won't contribute to overall fitness or strength.

Perform Exercise to Increase Energy
While doing a workout when you’re feeling energy-less may sound counterintuitive and unpleasant, getting exercise can promote energy, fitness, well-being, overall health, and sleep. Try Zumba or dance for a high-intensity burst, or hire a certified personal trainer for one-on-one personalization, or consider joining a workout class or camp. If you don’t have the oomph to do a rigorous workout, stick with something low key and relaxing, such as yoga. In addition to improving energy, exercise can also increase your strength, which lends itself to health and fitness.

Fuel Your Body Smartly
Not only should you avoid sugar, but you should also make sure you’re getting plenty of vitamins and nutrients, protein, and essential fatty acids. Protein and fat are two of the best sources of energy and fuel, and unlike sugar, won’t lead to a crash. Choose healthy and unprocessed meals, and snack smartly by opting for raw, organic, non-GMO, and natural food fuel. When you eat right, you'll improve your personal health and fitness.

Get More Shuteye
Getting enough sleep is one of the most important things that we can do for our bodies, energy, and fitness. Not only does sleep aid in muscle and tissue repair, but it also backs up our memories, helps us to learn and retain information, combats psychological decline, and may prevent neurodegenerative diseases. If you’re not sleeping well—or if your deep sleep or/and REM sleep is being disturbed—you’ll wake up feeling fatigued. To improve the quality of your sleep, practice stress-reducing exercises, turn off artificial lights early on, avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed, and eat well.

You don’t have to live a life where you’re constantly tired; to get more energy and improve both fitness and mental and physical strength starting today, try reducing sugar intake, exercising on a regular basis, fueling your body smartly, and taking action to improve your sleep.

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