KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- In Shop with the Doc, Dr. Pete Sulack told Local 8 News "gluten-free" isn't just a trend. He said everybody should start to minimize it or even eliminate it from your diet and he gave us some simple, practical ways to do that.
"It can wreak havoc on your digestive system," said Dr. Pete Sulack, America's Leading Stress Expert.
It's called gluten. Dr. Pete said it's a hard-to-digest protein that's tough on your body.
"It is a stress to the body, which will cause the body to increase the inflammatory response which literally breeds all chronic illness," said Dr. Pete.
So he said going gluten-free isn't just for those of you allergic to the protein.
"It's actually very beneficial for all of us to begin to minimize, if not eliminate, gluten from our diets," said Dr. Pete.
It's not as hard as you think.
First, when you walk down the bread aisle, he said ditch the white bread.
"There's no nutrients in white bread," said Dr. Pete. "Switch over to 100% whole wheat bread and then make your transition to a gluten-free bread."
If you don't like the taste of gluten-free bread, that's okay. He said you can eat a sourdough bread because it is sprouted.
"Sprouting is opening up those enzymes, so that the body can digest it and break it down a lot more effectively," said Dr. Pete.
Next he said you're going to want to change the way you bake. For an easy transition, simply try a gluten-free flour.
"One cup of regular flour to one cup of gluten free flour," said Dr. Pete. "It's not going to alter your recipes."
If you want more protein and more benefits, take it a step further and grab a coconut or almond flour.
Keep in mind, that will change up your recipes.
Finally, Dr. Pete said ditch the pasta and choose a quinoa. He said your kids won't even taste the difference.
He added that these three simple decisions are going to keep your digestive system healthy and that has an even larger impact.
"It's going to help slow down aging factors, its going to help your skin, its going to help you have more energy," said Dr. Pete. "It's even going to help brain function."
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