The public consciousness and awareness of gluten and its dangers has been growing over the years. A multitude of symptoms can occur and are listed below.
Leaky gut Syndrome can develop slowly over time (even without gluten sensitivities) – from the long term exposure to inflammation within your digestive tract.
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As the intestine inflammation continues over time, it first wears away the mucosal lining of your intestines which accounts for 80% of your immune system.
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According to Mark Sisson, author of the “The Primal Blueprint”
“When larger undigested protein molecules enter the bloodstream, your body goes to work.
Your immune says, ‘hey, this isn’t an amino acid, this is actually a full-on protein. It might be a virus. It might be bacteria… I better set up an immune response to fight it.’
So the immune system starts to set up a response to these large, undigested protein molecules that enter the bloodstream.
That would be okay, but for the fact that some of these protein molecules resemble the same protein molecules that reside on the outside of cell membranes in certain parts of the body… In some of your joints, there are cell membranes that have proteins that may resemble some of the proteins that your body just set up an immune response to… your immune system does not know which is the enemy and which is friendly, which is you. So it fights them all.
As a result of your having introduced these foreign proteins into the bloodstream that happen to resembles ones that you have that are actually friendly, your immune system starts to attack you.
And that may manifest itself with an autoimmune disease… it may be something like rheumitoid arthritis… it may be Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 25 or 30… and there are several other versions of autoimmune diseases that probably, most likely, have a dietary origin.”
“When the intestinal lining is damaged even more, substances larger than particle size — disease-causing bacteria, potentially toxic molecules, and undigested food particles — are allowed to pass directly through the weakened cell membranes.
They go directly into the bloodstream, activating antibodies and alarm substances called cytokines. The cytokines alert our lymphocytes (white blood cells) to battle the particles. Oxidants are produced in the battle, causing irritation and inflammation far from the digestive system.
That is the basis for a condition called increased intestinal permeability or leaky gut syndrome.”
Lipski also states: “In addition to obvious digestive troubles, many other medical problems are caused by faulty digestion.”
According to Dr. James Braly and Ron Hoggan, authors of “Dangerous Grains: Why Gluten Cereal Grains May Be Hazardous to Your Health,” they also agree with the statements above and offer a partial list of conditions below.
Conditions listed show an association to gluten consumption.
Consider eliminating grains- specifically gluten-containing forms from your diet.
- chronic joint pain
- weight gain or unwanted weight loss
- psychological disorders such as depression and anxiety
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- canker sores (mouth ulcers or sores)
- Type 1 Diabetes: Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM)
- Pre-and Post-Natal difficulties including: difficulty with breast feeding, infertility, miscarriages, and various obstetrical disorders
- bone diseases, calcium deficiency
- gallbladder malfunction
- gastric ulcers
- heart disease
- liver disease
- rheumatoid arthritis
- skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis herpetiformis
- lactose intolerance
- thyroid disease- hypo and hyperthyroidism
- ulcerative colitis
- vitamin or mineral deficiencies
Another good book for further understanding on gut issues is by Michael Gershon “The Second Brain: A Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestine”
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