Gluten: A Likely Culprit for Fatigue, Migraines, and More

The word “gluten” can be heard daily in conversations it seems these days, and with good reason!  So many of us, including myself, are gluten intolerant or Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity or Non-Celiac Wheat Sensitivity, and some are Celiac, which means they are allergic to the protein, Gliadin.  Note, Celiac Disease is a serious condition that must be diagnosed by a gastroenterologist.  However, being intolerant is nothing to sneeze at.  It requires its own vigilance for keeping symptoms at bay which can be debilitating.  The list of symptoms is unbelievably long and is often overlooked or inadvertently missed by healthcare professionals.

Here are some of the most common:

  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Headaches including Migraines
  • Joint Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Brain Fog
  • Depression
  • ADHD Behavior

The number of people with Non-Celiac Gluten/Wheat Sensitivity is increasing at an alarming rate (insert statistic).  For years most people could eat bread and whole-wheat pasta with gusto – not anymore.  But why is this happening?  Our farming techniques have changed drastically over the last X years.  The wheat that you were once able to digest, is now hybridized and genetically manipulated into Franken-Wheat, something our bodies are unable to recognize!  According to Dr. Mark Hyman, it is responsible for driving obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, and more.

Recent studies are now showing Gluten Intolerance is having an effect on our immune systems in ways that are different than Celiac, which is cause for even more concern.  In Celiac, the body creates antibodies to wheat which is considered an “adaptive” immune response.  In gluten intolerance, the reaction occurs due to a generalized, activated immune system (innate immunity).  Meaning, you may show anti-bodies in your blood or test positive for Celiac, yet you can be suffering from inflammation and many other symptoms listed above.  What’s the best thing to do?  Get tested, but make sure you are being tested by a lab that looks for the most sensitive markers, like Array 4 which is used by Cyrex Labs (www.cyrexlabs.com).  Most integrative professionals are familiar with this test.  Or, if you prefer, try going gluten free for one week and see how you feel.  If your symptoms improve, you may be on to something.  

As you can tell, this is a complex topic that will be further explored on My Health Coach Robyn.  There, we will do feature videos and live events on gluten, and other health topics that need greater awareness.  Be in-the-know.  Join My Health Coach Robyn now and enjoy how it feels to become your healthiest self!      

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