Grain Free Diets
In my experience treating clients for several years now, elimination diets do not help people regain their health long term, as many of the foods they eliminate starve the body of vital nutrients it needs to repair. I have found people have huge success in negating many of their conditions by eliminating processed foods, sugars and grains for a period of time, to allow their bowel to heal and to repopulate their guts with good bacteria. Many people in our modern culture have very low populations of beneficial bacteria and high levels of pathogenic bacteria and yeast such as Candidia Albicans and Clostridia. This imbalance disrupts many vital functions in the body, hugely impacting our immune system and leaving us more susceptible to allergies, intolerances and sensitivities even to healthy foods.
There are a few trail blazers in the grain free community, who's work I feel can greatly help many people suffering from debilitating conditions such as IBS and Chrones. They have also been proven to effectively treat conditions such as autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, schizophrenia, depression and epilepsy, as the health of the gut actually has a massive impact on the nervous system and our emotional/mental wellbeing.
If you are interested in this field I would highly recommend the following books as a starting point:
Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr Natasha Campbell McBride
Developed by a medical doctor trained in Neurology and Nutrition, to help her two autistic sons. Proven to be a natural treatment for autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, schizophrenia, depression and epilepsy. A very compelling read that takes you step by step through the understanding of the bowel and immune system. Emphasises healing through traditional foods such as broths and ferments foods to replace damaged bowel flora.
Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gotteshall.
Developed the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for her daughter who had serious bowel issues. This programme is similar to GAPs and has helped many people with bowel conditions such as IBS and Colitis.
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
A book that emphasises how far we have gone away from traditional methods of food preparation. It allows us to understand who nutrients in our food are not easily accessible through modern processing methods and things like fermenting and soaking foods such as grains make them easier to digest by the body.
The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain
A comprehensive guide to starting on a Paleo based diet, eating only foods that would have been available to our cave man ancestors. This automatically excludes grains and focuses on meats, vegetables and fruits.