Hudson Valley Gluten-free folks- are you eating gluten-free but still having symptoms such as joint or muscles aches, headaches, skin rashes, eczema or psoriasis, migraines, peripheral neuropathy, brain fog, inability to focus, hair loss, or weight loss resistance? Are you taking several long-term prescription medications to address any of the above symptoms or other chronic health conditions? Are you looking for a natural way to feel better, without more drugs?
Let’s start by addressing two common conditions that lead people to adopt a gluten-free diet- Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Despite common misconceptions, these are not the same thing. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease where the ingestion of gluten causes antibodies to be made. These antibodies then mark & tag the cells of the small intestine for destruction by the immune system. Most of the symptoms of Celiac disease are related to the GI track- chronic diarrhea and or constipation, abdominal pain and bloating, even gas.
Gluten sensitivity on the other hand is a genetic predisposition, but not a full-blown autoimmune disease (though it can lead to the development of autoimmune disease!) In this case, ingestion of gluten creates inflammation in the gut. This causes microscopic holes to open in the gut that can let toxins and particles of undigested food cross into the bloodstream, causing more inflammation. And because it has now reached the bloodstream, this inflammatory response can show up in any vulnerable tissue- muscles, joints, thyroid gland, sinuses, even the brain. This is why there can be a such a wide range of symptoms of gluten sensitivity.
A key thing to know is that other grains contain gluten proteins as well. Gluten is a class of proteins as opposed to just one specific one. (The specific problematic protein in wheat is known as gliadin). Because of the similar structure in this class of protein, its common for there to be cross-reactions where the body reacts to other grains in the same way it reacts to the gluten in wheat.
This means that if you are eating gluten-free either because you have Celiac disease or have suspect you have gluten sensitivity, your symptoms will likely improve further by cutting out all grain products from you diet entirely. This can be achieved most readily by adhering to a Paleo diet type diet.
If you are in the Hudson Valley & gluten-free, struggling with Celiac disease or symptoms you believe are related to gluten sensitivity, a grain-free diet may be the solution. If you need help from someone experienced in working with people just like yourself, I invite you to call my office today at 845-687-6387 for your free 15 minutes consultation to learn how I can help you feel better, have more energy and lose weight.