This immune response can cause degeneration of the intestinal wall, leading to major nutrient deficiencies, anemia, fatigue, various digestive issues, failure to thrive, and the increased risk of many serious problems. Some, without definitive symptoms – making accurate diagnosis nearly impossible.
Lesser sensitivity to gluten is more common, and may show up as vague symptoms such as bloating, fatigue, chronic pain in the joints or bones, and diarrhea. Gluten can cause inflammation in the intestine, leading to degradation of the intestinal lining is problematic because then unwanted substances begin to “leak” through this barrier into the bloodstream, contaminating and fueling inflammation throughout the body, and crossing the blood brain barrier. Many studies show that patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are sensitive to gluten, too.
Even some cases of neurological illness may be caused by, or made worse, by ingesting gluten. Crossing the blood/brain barrier causing serious disease that involves ones’ inability to maintain balance, to walk independently, and may create problems speaking or understanding.
Brain disorders that responds positively to gluten-free eating include schizophrenia, autism, and epilepsy.
Certain neurological problems of undetermined cause, many times have responded favorably to a gluten free eating plan.
Wheat gluten in many persons is addictive. Think about cravings for breads, cookies, pastries, cakes, pasta, and donuts. Because gluten can cross the blood brain barrier, some scientists believe that exorphins (exogenous morphine-like substances, generally present in the diet) can excite certain brain cells, causing addiction.
So, if anything here sounds oddly familiar to you, you may want to do an easy test to determine if indeed, you are sensitive to gluten.
Easy. Eliminate gluten from your eating program for thirty days to see. This is a great time to start a food journal. Every day, what did you eat?, How do you feel?, Who did you eat with and how did you feel two hours after the meal? And, how did you sleep? The only true way to know if you should be avoiding gluten is to remove it from your diet, then reintroduce small amounts at a time, over time, to see if you get symptoms returning. Then, you can evaluate your personal reaction. Keeping the journal will certainly be critical to your success.
Read every label and avoid all gluten. Gluten is also found in many imitation meats, ice creams, ketchups, and beers, so it is important to check every label, and to ask when eating out. Following this process, in 30 days you’ll know more about your eating habits and about foods, than you ever did before.
No one food holds the key to health, so by not eating gluten, you will not be missing anything important. All nutrients play an important role in nourishing the body. Offer and encourage your family to eat a wide variety of clean, in-season, locally grown foods. Put in the time to do some home baking and revel in the life of health you create in your household.
Having a healthy gluten free home will be easier than you think after you get it rolling, and you will all be better for it.