09/09/2011 09:28 am ET | Updated Nov 09, 2011

Day 4: Give Up Gluten

For the next three days, cut your gluten consumption in half.

This cleanse is about removing the foods that irritate and exhaust the system to let the body rest. Along with sugar and processed foods, I believe that for many people there is no greater drain on energy than gluten.

What Is Gluten?

Gluten is a mixture of gliadin and glutenin proteins found in wheat, rye and barley.

For an increasing number of people, gluten causes an immune reaction, as though it is a foreign body rather than a nourishing food. It can also cause celiac disease, which is the most dramatic response.

Unfortunately, these grains are so cheap -- and foods like bread and pasta are so convenient -- that they are the staple of most people's diets.

Why Eliminate It?

My experience over many years is that eliminating gluten grains for a few weeks helps almost every patient who comes to see me. The body is expending less energy to deal with this hard-to-digest protein, so it has more energy for other processes. Plus, the liver and digestive and immune systems are given time to rest and recover.

How To Cut Out Gluten

Depending on your current diet, taking gluten out may be relatively easy or you may feel there is no food left on the planet. Fortunately, this feeling should only last a day or two, until you find things to replace your habitual grains.

For instance, brown rice pasta is a great alternative to regular pasta. This means that if you've been having a bagel for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch and pasta for dinner, you could instead have a smoothie for breakfast, a protein-rich salad for lunch, and grilled fish with brown rice and steamed greens for dinner.

"Allowed" And "Not Allowed" Grains On The Cleanse Diet Plan:

Gluten-free grains:

• Amaranth
• Brown rice
• Wild rice
• Brown rice pasta
• Pure buckwheat noodles
• Milla
• Guinoa
• Teff
• Buckwheat

Gluten Grains To Stay Away From:

• Wheat
• Corn
• Barley
• Rye
• Spelt
• Bran
• Farina
• Kamut
• Couscous
• Oats

Good luck!

Dr. Lipman and the Be Well Team
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