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You might have heard of a gluten-free diet and why a lot of individuals are actively trying to remove gluten from their diet. But in case you don’t know what gluten is, it’s a protein normally found in barley, wheat, and malt.
For some people, it can be quite a pain to digest. Among them are those with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder which badly and permanently damages the nutrient-absorbing structures found in the small intestine. As time passes, gluten consumption destroys the ability of the body to absorb nutrients. Since there is no known cure for celiac disease yet, people who are afflicted with the condition are actively eliminating all gluten and following a gluten-free diet.
However, people with celiac disease aren’t the only ones who are badly affected by the consumption of gluten. There’s another group too, and they’re the ones who have gluten intolerance, likewise known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
If you belong to either of the two, then gluten can be really bad for you.
This book is created to help you figure out why gluten consumption can be bad for you, especially if you’re gluten intolerant or a celiac patient. We’ll also go through 10 different telltale signs on how gluten is currently damaging your health.
Why Gluten Intake Is Bad for You
A scientific review which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that the consumption of gluten can possibly trigger 55 different diseases. As alarming as it sounds, it actually turns out to be true.
There are, in fact, quite a number of conditions caused by eating gluten. These range from fatigue to inflammatory bowel diseases, even osteoporosis – all by simply eating this protein. Gluten also causes inflammation, which in turn can affect your entire body. Simply put, gluten can have an adverse effect on your brain in the same way that it affects your digestive system and joints.
Most people who suffer from inflammations due to gluten intake tend to focus on treating the condition at the surface level. They do so by taking medications which help reduce the symptoms. Unfortunately, they have to do it regularly as they weren’t able to get to the root of the problem.
If you have a chronic health issue, or even if you don’t, you want to eliminate gluten from your diet. After all, gluten is associated with some of the most problematic conditions such as digestive issues and poor brain function.
In the event you’ve already consumed gluten, here are 10 telltale signs to let you know that it’s time to stop:
Sign 1: Digestive Issues
Occasionally suffering from constipation, diarrhea, and other digestive issues might seem normal. However, if either one of them happens almost too often, it could be a sign that gluten is starting to wreck your body.
Not surprisingly, this is also a common symptom experienced by gluten intolerant individuals and those with celiac disease. In some cases, they may even have a particularly pale and unpleasant bowel mainly because the condition prevents their body from absorbing nutrients properly.
According to research, gluten consumption causes digestive issues by disrupting the barriers of the intestine, thus allowing harmful substances to move through towards the bloodstream. Around 14% of Americans suffer from the so-called IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) which causes all sorts of digestive issues. The consumption of gluten makes the symptom even worse than before. In some cases, it may even be the cause of IBS.
Around 50% of gluten intolerant individuals suffer from diarrhea on a regular basis, while around 25% of them suffer from constipation.
While this is common to gluten intolerant and celiac-afflicted individuals, those who have been consuming foods with gluten can also be negatively affected. If you begin to experience such symptoms, you might want to stop the consumption of foods containing gluten as soon as possible. If left unattended, it may lead to some serious issues such as dehydration, fatigue, and the loss of electrolytes in the body.