Knowing the symptoms of gluten intolerance is important. I want to go through a thorough analysis for you to decide for yourself, “should I or shouldn’t I eliminate gluten from my diet.” Let’s explore the facts together!
What’s Going On?
You come home from the restaurant or eat a big bowl of cereal, and feel lethargic. You’re not sure exactly what’s going on but your intestines hurt like they never have before.
The entire next day is ruined because of a bread bowl you consumed the day before. You’re congested or your stomach is killing you. You don’t now why you feel so down or depressed.
Then, you decide to do a little research. You find out about the signs of gluten intolerance and you think to yourself, “maybe that’s me.” So, you cut out wheat for a week or two. You find yourself feeling better!
I Feel So Much Better!
You don’t experience any more congestion or pain. Well, you feel better and you try to keep it to yourself but inevitably someone finds out about your new quest and dash you to pieces.
You know that you’re not crazy. You know that you cut out Gluten and even thought the doctor didn’t diagnose you as celiac you can feel the difference.
The Naysayers! Argh!
You don’t know why or what their problem could be. It’s your life and your decision. However, somewhere, somehow they read from some random study that it’s all a crock.
“If your’re not Celiac then you can eat all the bread you want!” It’s science, they tell you. Well, they’re dead wrong. In multiple studies across the board they are finding out that people DO have wheat sensitivity. (1) (2)
The Truth About Gluten Sensitivity
Numerous studies are now showing the root of gluten sensitivity to be linked with gut permeability. On of the main proteins that regulate the tight junctions in your gut lining is a protein called Zonulin. Zonulin controls the tight junctions between the cells which comprise the wall if your digestion tract. (3)
This specific study showed that when Gliadin, a protein found in gluten, was ingested, it caused Zonulin to open the tight junctions in the intestinal wall resulting in gut permeability. This means that all the contents in your gut are now free to leak into your blood stream. It’s important to note that this was in non-celiac individuals who were not genetically predisposed to an autoimmune condition. (4)
Tight junctions in between the cells in the gut wall are intended to keep all the contents of the gut IN the gut and OUTSIDE of your body. The gut protects the body from harmful bacteria, toxins and anything that could be potentially harmful to the health of your body. When the tight junctions in the intestinal wall get opened, the gut becomes permeable.
Intestinal Permeability ( a.k.a. ‘Leaky Gut’) is becoming an epidemic today due largely to food choices and lifestyle. Leaky Gut is very dangerous for your body in that it causes inflammation which could later lead to Autoimmune diseases, cognitive diseases, and even cancer. (5)
Furthermore, research shows that many neuro-psychiatric disorders such as autism, schizophrenia and depression are related to Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. The reason for this is that Gliadin not only triggers Zonulin to open the tight junctions between the cells in the intestinal wall in the gut but ALSO causes permeability in the brain. (6)
Studies show that the wheat germ aglutinin, found in gluten, can enter the brain due to the brain being permeable from gluten exposure and cause many problems. (7)
If you’re experiencing symptoms it could be wildly damaging for you to continue down the road of eating gluten. You may also want to look into eliminating a majority of gluten free grains as they can be cross-contaminated with gluten as they are often processed in the same facilities as gluten grains.
- Brain Fog
- Chronic Headaches
- Mood Swings
- Chronic Stomach Pain
- Difficulty Breathing
- Eye Irritation
- Hives and Rash
- Joint Pain
With all of these symptoms you need to see if they recede once you eliminate Gluten from your diet.
What YOU Can Do About It
I must also strongly encourage you that if you have gluten sensitivity but ARE NOT diagnosed celiac even after going to the doctor don’t think you’re okay to eat bread.
There are major studies on gluten and gut permeability. You must be aware that you could still be doing major damage to your gut. Again, watch your body and beware of how you feel. My recommendation is to eliminate gluten from your diet completely.
There you have it! Gluten intolerance in a nutshell. What type of symptoms did you notice going away when you quit eating gluten? I know there are some crazy things that gluten sensitivity can cause in your body! What’s your success story?
1. Biesiekierski, Jessica R., et al. “Gluten causes gastrointestinal symptoms in subjects without celiac disease: a double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial.” The American journal of gastroenterology 106.3 (2011): 508-514.
4. Drago, Sandro, et al. “Gliadin, zonulin and gut permeability: Effects on celiac and non-celiac intestinal mucosa and intestinal cell lines.” Scandinavian journal of gastroenterology 41.4 (2006): 408-419.
7. Broadwell, Richard D., Brian J. Balin, and Michael Salcman. “Transcytotic pathway for blood-borne protein through the blood-brain barrier.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences85.2 (1988): 632-636.
8.. Cascella, Nicola G., et al. “Prevalence of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity in the United States clinical antipsychotic trials of intervention effectiveness study population.” Schizophrenia bulletin 37.1 (2009): 94-100.
9. Carroccio, Antonio, et al. “Non-celiac wheat sensitivity diagnosed by double-blind placebo-controlled challenge: exploring a new clinical entity.” The American journal of gastroenterology 107.12 (2012): 1898-1906.