What would happen if I continue eating gluten even if I am sensitive to it?

Once we are aware that we have a sensitivity we find it hard to keep away and make up a million reasons to feel OK about consuming it.

Here is the problem with having any food that you are aware you are sensitive to: It dramatically affects your gut health. Your gut or digestive tract decides how you feel, how your skin looks, your hormone production, your sleep cycle and your emotional stability.

Our gut is also responsible for protecting us in so many ways because 70 per cent of our immune function is located in the digestive tract.

The good bacteria, which decide how quickly we will recover and how we will digest and absorb nutrients, are also present in out digestive tract. Lastly, our digestive tract is responsible for making 80 per cent of the happy hormone serotonin.

You can see how we can live very different happier and better lives if we take care of our gut. All of the positive effects that a healthy gut brings along can be negated if we constantly eat foods that our digestive tract is sensitive to.

If you are aware that gluten does not work for you and you are determined to live a better life, then giving it up on a daily basis but indulging in it just once in a while becomes much easier. Since having gluten is a habit you have developed over time, give yourself some time to develop a new habit and lifestyle without these foods.

Be patient but determined to make the change.

Rashi Chowdhary is a nutritionist, diabetes educator and creator of The Protein Bake Shop