If you’re anything like us, you love watching documentaries and learning everything you possibly can about our health and bodies.
When it came to receiving our Celiac Disease diagnosis, the hunt for a variety of gluten free documentaries began. Knowing others were researching the gluten free lifestyle is comforting. We are not alone and gluten free documentaries do exist. More than we honestly thought there would be.
Check out our Top Five Gluten Free Documentary choices featured on YouTube below.
Not all listed documentaries are specifically on Celiac Disease, but there is some relation to gluten free and the gut.
Discover Gluten Free & Celiac Disease Documentaries
Many of the following documentaries are designed to help see through the smoke and mirrors, highlighting the science that supports this growing dietary movement, and the deep connections our gut & autoimmune systems have.
Some of the following film documentaries are available to watch on Netflix or online.
The Gut Movie
Follow the journey of journalist and researcher Kale Brock as, in the quest to discover whether the ‘optimal microbiome’ does indeed exist, he travels from Australia to Namibia to live with The San, an ancient hunter-gatherer people living traditionally from the land, developing one of the more popular documentaries for Celiacs.
During the excursion Brock monitors his own microbiome and how it changes in conjunction with the new surroundings, and takes microbiome samples of The San to gauge the significant differences in microbiota present across cultures. With expert commentary by leading gastroenterologist Professor Thomas Borody, molecular geneticist Dr Margie Smith, immunology researcher and expert Professor Mimi Tang, naturopath and chiropractor Dr Damian Kristof and more, The Gut Movie provides an insightful yet entertaining look at the explosive research of the gut and its impact on human health.
What’s With Wheat?
“The future of medicine may lie somewhere completely unexpected, somewhere only few have dared to look so far, somewhere so far fetched and bizarre that only now in the modern world are we beginning to investigate it… poop. Yes, in our poop.” – Kale Brock, Director
Our wheat has changed dramatically, it doesn’t even resemble what it used to look like. Not only are we seeing more wheat and gluten sensitivity, there is also a strong connection between gluten and autoimmune diseases.
Tens of thousands of people are suffering with ill health and don’t realise it’s a result of the food choices they are making. Some assume it is part of their genetic make-up or the body changing as they get older. People need to become educated, knowledgeable and aware. They need to start making changes to improve the health of their children and future generations.
A hard hitting investigation helping to answer the burning questions about our health today. This documentary features 15 global experts who shed the light on what is currently happening to our wheat.
Gluten: A Gut Feeling
For people with celiac disease, gluten is toxic to the immune system because it triggers an abnormal immune response and damages internal organs including the bowel and the nervous system. Symptoms of this disease include bloating, diarrhea, joint pain, and fatigue.
The damaging effects can first be felt in the small intestine where as soon as it enters, it’s recognized as foreign. This in turn triggers an immune reaction, which causes swelling.
The good news is that it’s reversible once the disease is diagnosed and the diet is changed.
The big question is why has there been an increase in cases of celiac? Some blame the modern bread-making process, while others blame the over-refining of wheat. Either way, do these studies suggest that everybody should give up gluten? And is gluten-free always healthier?
Watch this now to find out.
Gluten Free | A Documentary
Ten years ago, no one had heard of Gluten related illness. Today the food industry earns over $5 billion a year selling Gluten Free food. How did this happen, and why is everyone now talking about Gluten?
“Gluten Free” explores the front line of fact and controversy surrounding this mysterious substance. Is gluten harmful or not? Is it a fad diet or can it actually kill people? There is a wide variety of opinions from all walks of life on this issue.
Utilizing the top experts in the food and medical industries, as well as people suffering from “Gluten Sensitivity,” “Gluten Intolerance” and Celiac Disease, we take you on a “gut wrenching” journey that explains the true story of Gluten, its fact, myth, mystery and deadly potential revealed.
“If you know any of the millions of people in the United States with a gluten-related illness, this film is a must-see event for you.” —Bailey Pryor
The Celiac Project
The Celiac Project is a dynamic, first-of-its-kind documentary about life before and after the diagnosis of celiac disease.
Filmmaker Michael Frolichstein struggled with a series of “mystery ailments” before finally being diagnosed with celiac disease at age 40. His efforts to meet others who had suffered, as well as to get answers from experts, led him on a journey of discovery within his own family and beyond. This documentary explores what we can do individually and as a society to advance the conversation and raise awareness about celiac disease.
About Michael Frolichstein:
Director and Producer of “The Celiac Project,” Michael Frolichstein is a well-respected editor, director, writer and producer with more than 25 years of experience in the industry. Michael’s previous projects include work for A&E Biography, HGTV, Fox Television, Fox Sports, and the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs.
After his long struggle and eventual celiac diagnosis, Michael focused his energy on making a film that would raise awareness about this often misunderstood condition. He hopes this film will lead to an increase in the rate of testing so that fewer people have to suffer.
Forks Over Knives
Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the chronic diseases that afflict us can be controlled or even reversed by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.
The major storyline traces the personal journeys of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional biochemist from Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a former top surgeon at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. On separate paths, their discoveries and groundbreaking research led them to the same startling conclusion: Chronic diseases including heart disease and type 2 diabetes can almost always be prevented—and in many cases reversed—by adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet.
The idea of food as medicine is put to the test. The film follows everyday Americans with chronic conditions as they seek to reduce their dependence on medications and learn to use a whole-food, plant-based diet to regain control over their health and their lives.
What if one simple change could save you from chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease? Take a deep dive into the film that has influenced millions around the world.
Cooked Docuseries | Gluten – Episode 3, Air
Explored through the lenses of the four natural elements – fire, water, air and earth – COOKED is an enlightening and compelling look at the evolution of what food means to us through the history of food preparation and its universal ability to connect us.
Highlighting our primal human need to cook, the series urges a return to the kitchen to reclaim our lost traditions and to forge a deeper, more meaningful connection to the ingredients and cooking techniques that we use to nourish ourselves.
As he tries his hand at baking, brewing and braising, acclaimed food writer Michael Pollan explores how cooking transforms food and shapes our world. Visit food labs and Moroccan fields as Pollan delves into the science of bread-making and the nature of gluten in Episode 3, Air.
This is apart of a Netflix Original docuseries.
ADDITIONAL GUT & HEALTH RELATED DOCUMENTARIES
With the abundance of health & gut based documentaries out there, we wanted to share some additional options for you to enjoy. We recommend speaking with a medical professional before following any recommendations/suggestions offered in any and all film documentaries.
FAT, SICK AND NEARLY DEAD
This happens to be the very first health and gut based documentary watched by Gluten Free Journey, and has several documentaries apart of the collection now.
100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well— with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health.
With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help long- term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body’s ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle.
While talking to more than 500 Americans about food, health and longevity, it’s at a truck stop in Arizona where Joe meets a truck driver who suffers from the same rare condition. Phil Staples is morbidly obese weighing in at 429 lbs; a cheeseburger away from a heart-attack. As Joe is recovering his health, Phil begins his own epic journey to get well.
What emerges is nothing short of amazing – an inspiring tale of healing and human connection.
Part road trip, part self-help manifesto, FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD defies the traditional documentary format to present an unconventional and uplifting story of two men from different worlds who each realize that the only person who can save them is themselves.
What the Health
What the Health is the groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award winning documentary Cowspiracy. The film follows intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases – and investigates why the nation’s leading health organizations don’t want us to know about it. With heart disease and cancer the leading causes of death in America, and diabetes at an all-time high, the film reveals possibly the largest health cover-up of our time.
With the help of medical doctors, researchers, and consumer advocates, What the Health exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick.
Join Kip as he tracks down the leading and most trusted American health nonprofits to find out why these groups are staying silent, despite a growing body of evidence. Audiences will be shocked to learn the insidious roles played by pharmaceutical companies, agribusiness, and processed animal food companies in the nation’s health, especially in the most vulnerable communities, and will cheer at the transformation and recovery of those who took their lives into their own hands.
What The Health is a surprising, and at times hilarious, investigative documentary that will be an eye-opener for everyone concerned about our nation’s health and how big business influences it. If you’re searching for documentaries that cover many aspects of our health, this is for you.
The Beautiful Truth
Raised on a wildlife reserve in Alaska, 15-year old Garrett was interested in the dietary habits of their animals.
After the tragic death of his mother, Garrett s father decided to home-school his son and assigned a book written by Dr. Max Gerson that proposes a direct link between diet and a cure for cancer.
Fascinated, Garrett embarks on a cross-country road trip to investigate The Gerson Therapy. He meets with scientists, doctors and cancer survivors who reveal how it is in the best interest of the multi-billion dollar medical industry to dismiss the notion of alternative and natural cures.
It has been said that more people live off cancer than die from it. The Beautiful Truth is a movie that can put a stop to this travesty. Here is a very practical guide to the intensive nutritional treatment of cancer and other life-threatening diseases that many would consider to have been impossible to obtain. But thanks to the work of Max Gerson, M.D., and his daughter, Charlotte Gerson, this knowledge is readily available.
Max Gerson cured cancer. He did so with a strict fat-free, salt-free, low-protein, essentially vegetarian dietary regimen, based on great quantities of fresh vegetable juice, supplements, and systemic detoxification.
Soul Food Junkies
Filmmaker Byron Hurt grew up eating lots of soul food: grits and scrambled eggs covered with cheese, buttered biscuits smothered with gravy, bacon, collard greens seasoned with ham hocks, fried pork chops, macaroni and cheese, deep-fried chicken, fried fish, barbecue chicken and ribs, candied yams coated with cinnamon and brown sugar, and other delicious but fatty foods right out of the black southern tradition.
In Soul Food Junkies, Hurt sets out on a historical and culinary journey to learn more about the soul food tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity. Through candid interviews with soul food cooks, historians, and scholars, as well as with doctors, family members, and everyday people, the film puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its positive and negative consequences.
Hurt also explores the socioeconomic conditions in predominantly black neighborhoods, where it can be difficult to find healthy options, and meets some pioneers in the emerging food justice movement who are challenging the food industry, encouraging communities to “go back to the land” by creating sustainable and eco-friendly gardens, advocating for healthier options in local supermarkets, supporting local farmers’ markets, avoiding highly processed fast foods, and cooking healthier versions of traditional soul food.