How Gluten is Making You Sick
Gluten is a damaging protein that triggers an inflammatory response throughout the body.
And since inflammation is at the root of nearly every disease, it’s easy to see how gluten has earned its criminal status.
One of its most devastating effects is what it does to your gut biome.
The gut biome is essentially your gut flora – the balance of good and bad bacteria living in your intestines. It’s responsible for dozens of functions, including managing your immune system, digesting your food and nutrient synthesis just to name a few.
Gluten disrupts this delicate balance, often resulting in nutrient deficiency, poor digestion and increased susceptibility to illness.
And it doesn’t just damage the bacteria in your gut, but the intestinal lining itself. Gluten can literally erode the lining of your intestines, forming small lacerations and even holes.
When your intestinal lining is compromised like that, protein and other substances leak out and leech into the bloodstream. This can cause your immune system to attack itself in an attempt to neutralize these “invaders” – and that’s called an autoimmune disease.
That’s scary enough as it is, but gluten can also cause gastrointestinal upset. It leads to things like:
- Persistent diarrhea
- Excessive gas
- Stomach cramps
- Persistent abdominal pain
All of the things you DON’T want.
And because of the link between leaky gut and poor skin health, gluten could even be causing those pesky, persistent rashes. Things like:
- Keratosis pilaris (tiny bumps on the back of upper arms)
Not even the brain is off limits when it comes to gluten’s extensive reach.
Studies continue to show how gluten interferes with the brain’s ability to think and perform properly.
It’s been linked to brain and nerve disorders like:
- Chronic fatigue
- Peripheral neuropathy
Even the dreaded brain fog can be attributed to gluten.
Here’s the real kicker in all of this:
Gluten isn’t just limited to bread products. It’s hiding in everything from deli meat and salad dressings to licorice and even beauty products.
The only way to ensure you avoid it all together is to eat a whole-food diet.
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