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The Effects of Gluten on Our Brain and Body

By on October 21, 2014


The Effects of Gluten on Our Brain & Body
While many people enjoy eating food which contains gluten, it does seem to have some harmful effects on the brain and body. Awareness about the negative effects of gluten has increased over the past couple of years and a recent survey in the US showed most Americans are trying their best to eliminate gluten from their diets. On today’s episode of Wellness Wednesday, we will be discussing the negative effects of gluten on our brain and body.

The Effects on Our Brain
Recent studies show there are several neurological and brain disorders caused by gluten sensitivity. The primary effect of gluten is on the gut but it can affect brain health as well. Many neurological illnesses are exacerbated or caused by gluten consumption. The main neurological disorder caused by gluten consumption is cerebellar ataxia.

This disease reduces a person’s ability to perform every day functions, like talking and maintaining balance. However, many studies show patients who stopped consuming gluten or went on a gluten-free diet witnessed significant improvement. In addition, there are several brain disorders which responded surprisingly well to a gluten-free diet. These include:

Autism is a development disorder which usually occurs in kids. This disorder affects the brain’s normal development, especially regarding communication and social skills. Patients suffering from autism also showed improvements while on a gluten-free diet.

Epilepsy is a neurological brain disorder which causes repeated uncontrolled seizures. A controlled trial showed epileptic patients improved significantly on a gluten-free diet.

Schizophrenia is a brain disorder which makes it difficult for a person to tell the difference between reality and fantasy.

The Effects on Our Body
Many diseases are directly linked with gluten and since gluten is a protein compound found in many eatable grains, such as barley, rye, spelt, and wheat, it may be difficult to prevent these diseases. Gluten mainly consists of two proteins, namely glutenin and gliadin. While glutenin doesn’t cause any harm to the body, gliadin can cause numerous diseases. Here are a few effects gluten has on our body:

Celiac Disease
Celiac diseases, also known as the worst form of gluten sensitivity, may cause serious damage to your immune system. This is because when your immune system fights or attacks the gluten proteins to protect your body, it also attacks an enzyme known as tissue transglutaminase which is present in the cells of the digestive tract. And this causes the degeneration of the intestinal wall which leads to various digestive issues, nutrient deficiencies, fatigue, failure to thrive, anemia, and type-1 diabetes.

Adverse Effects
Gluten may even cause adverse effects in people who don’t suffer from gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. These effects include body and stomach pain, exhaustion and fatigue, stool inconsistency, and bloating. Recent studies show gluten also has negative effects on the intestine, but this is usually found in patients who suffer from gluten sensitivity.

Autoimmune Disease
Celiac disease is one type of autoimmune disease itself but consuming gluten may also cause several other autoimmune diseases. These diseases include multiple sclerosis, Type-1 diabetes, and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. In addition, gluten also seems to be addictive. If you are a gluten addict, you may notice yourself craving for donuts or bread after every meal.

With many diets it is sometimes a challenge to totally eradicate substances from them. Gluten is no exception, but it all starts with awareness. Our hope is that you’re now aware of the negative effects gluten has on our brain and body and that you will do your best to avoid it. Start checking labels. You’ll notice a lot of our food is gluten free nowadays.

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About Lionel Correia

Lionel is a fitness enthusiast, juicing advocate, and serial entrepreneur. He loves real estate, but is even more passionate about health, wellness and a positive mindset. He’s a graduate of the University of Arizona and prides himself on establishing great habits because great habits lead to great results. His favorite workouts include, yoga, spin class, sprints on the track and resistance training. He believes that if you desire a strong healthy body, you must first build mental toughness because a healthy body requires a disciplined mind and great habits.

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