Gluten and Your Brain
Why Gluten is No Good for Brain and Body Function
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, corn, rye, barley and in oats. The human body cannot digest gluten. Because of this, gluten acts like a foreign material to the body and causes inflammation in the intestines. Inflammation damages the intestinal wall which then allows toxic substances to leak into the bloodstream. The toxins then break down the blood-brain barrier and go into the brain and damage brain cells.
Oats may be eaten more safely if they are prepared correctly. Soaking whole oats activates enzymes in the oats to digest the gluten and two other indigestible sugars (stachyose and raffinose).
Below is the correct method to preparing oats for cooking:
(1) In the evening bring 6 cups of water to a boil, then take the pan off the heat.
(2) Add 1 ½ cups of organic steel cut oats and ½ teaspoon salt.
(3) Cover the pan and let sit overnight.
(4) The next morning, do not drain the water off, just set the pan back on low to medium heat, and while stirring often, bring to a boil.
(5) Continue stirring until it thickens to the consistency you prefer. You can add chopped soft dates for sweetening or raw honey (no honey for children under 1 year of age), coconut oil, cinnamon , vanilla, shredded coconut, or whatever else you like.
In a future posting we will reveal the wonders of organic virgin (unrefined) coconut oil for brain cells!!
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