How Gluten Affects your Health

Surely you have heard about gluten intolerance as more and more people are diagnosed with this condition or choose to consume gluten-free foods even without suffering from it.

Where is gluten found?

It’s present in the protein of certain cereals such as wheat, barley, rye, spelt, and oats.

The symptoms experienced by people with celiac disease include:

  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Constipation, abdominal pain, and swelling
  • Growth retardation
  • Loss of appetite and weight
  • Irritability
  • Lesions in the mucosa of the small intestine

However, gluten consumption doesn’t just affect those with celiac disease. Even if you don’t have the disease, consuming large quantities or continuous amounts of gluten-containing foods can damage your intestinal mucosa, destroying the villi of the intestine, hindering the absorption of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins.

In certain types of disorders, such as eating disorders (bulimia, binge eating), consumption of gluten increases food obsessions. In people with bipolar disorder, it can trigger episodes of intense mania, and in cases of ADHD or autism, it can promote bursts in behavior and diminish attentional capacity.

Gluten hasbeen associated with other diseases

Such as autoimmune thyroid. Several studies have shown improvements in hypothyroidism symptoms with a strict 100% gluten-free diet. Eliminating gluten completely from your diet is necessary to achieve these benefits.

It’s not only seen improvements in hypothyroidism but also in cases of schizophrenia, where symptoms diminish when gluten is eliminated from the diet.

In children, gluten can have a disastrous effect on their small intestine, leading to severe deterioration and chronic malnutrition.

If you decide to eliminate gluten from your diet, be prepared to experience withdrawal symptoms for about a week, including nausea, headache, fatigue, and low mood. However, these symptoms will improve over time, and you’ll feel better than before. To cope with the symptoms of the first week, drink plenty of water, stay hydrated, consume sea salt, probiotics, magnesium, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, and zinc.

If you choose to continue consuming gluten, opt for organic cereals whenever possible. In some cases, wheat intolerances may be due to the cultivation of grain, as wheat has undergone many changes in its production over the years. Spelt is one of the most recommended cereals if you don’t want to go gluten-free since it’s a grain that has not undergone many changes. And always opt for sourdough bread.

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