Don’t Let Your Diet Kill You: Eliminate Gluten For A Long Life
Shaping your diet so it protects your cells and minimizes inflammation is absolutely essential for longevity. There are a lot of dietary mistakes you can make that will trip you up, but along with rebalancing fat intake (#6), eliminating gluten is a near fool-proof change that can help you live longer.

Gluten, naturally occurring in wheat, barley, and other grains, is a highly inflammatory food that agitates the intestine. It has also been shown to cause inflammation in the brain, producing poor cognitive function and dementia. Many people are actually allergic to gluten and will have chronic symptoms of diarrhea, abdominal pain, random weight fluctuations, and insulin resistance.

Even if you’re not allergic to gluten, getting it out of your diet is a good move and will lower chronic inflammation. Additionally, many foods that contain gluten also have refined white flour, which raise the blood sugar levels quickly in the same way as sugar, meaning they cause a quick spike in insulin and put you at risk of fat gain and diabetes. Both will lead to a shorter life span, and anytime you have too much insulin present that isn’t bound to cells, it causes oxidative stress and inflammation.

In addition, eating a high-protein diet is generally best for health and well-being, although people vary in terms of the actual optimal breakdown of protein, carbs, and fat. Still, good quality, organic protein will promote muscle and tissue maintainance as you age and counter fat gain. Get your carbohydrates from vegetables and fruits because they provide fiber and many are packed with antioxidants, which are the primary line of defense to fight inflammation and abolish free radicals.