Suffering from coeliac disease myself I know the impact gluten had on the mind and body but you don’t have to be coeliac to feel the effects of gluten. For years I suffered from every symptom possible, bloating, mind fog, constantly anemic, low calcium levels, hair loss, skin problems and feeling lethargic every time I ate. Cutting gluten out of my diet made such a big difference to my life with symptoms clearing within 2 weeks and feeling completely back to full health after just a couple of months. It amazes me the amount of people I meet who have some sort of sensitivity towards gluten which has made me think about the impact gluten has on all of us and how problematic gluten is when it is a staple in every day food consumption.
Research done at the National Institutes of Health shows that it is not just coeliac sufferers who can have an adverse reaction and feel the effects gluten, as people who are not diagnosed as coeliac can still have certain reactions when eating gluten containing foods. It is staggering to think that in only one week of their study patients who were taking the gluten tablets felt such a significant difference in the form of intestinal pains, bloating, mind fog and even depression. From my experience as gluten intolerant these are typical coeliac symptoms, yet these people were not diagnosed as coeliac. So does this show that gluten has an effect of some sort on all of us or are their many coeliac sufferers who are going undiagnosed.
Removing gluten from our every day diet can be difficult as it’s common place and a main ingredient in so many products. Maybe gluten has become more of a problem in diets now because the foods we have are so over processed and the ingredients in them are no longer like they once were in their original form. Is it because food has sadly become so commercially created that gluten sensitivity has become a problem to many more people. I believe this is a reason because few of us know exactly what is in the food we eat and many of these foods, like wholegrain breads, have become a staple for people. However, it’s not like when the foods were made on a smaller localised scale and it was more likely to be in its pure form. For the effects of gluten to be so strong on the body even when someone isn’t coeliac or gluten sensitive, it shows how troublesome gluten maybe is to us all.
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