Gluten and Hashimoto’s Disease

Gluten intolerances vary from person to person, but it can affect all body systems and functions.  People are still discovering the ways in which gluten can affect the body, but there are cases of it affecting every body system.

People who have gluten intolerance have been shown to have:

  • Cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Anemia
  • Migraine headaches
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Aches and pains
  • Arthritis
  • Neurological Symptoms
  • Infertility
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Incontinence
  • Dementia
  • Gastrointestinal cancer
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Acid Reflux

Wheat gliadin, one of the parts of gluten, causes the intestines to release zonulin, a protein that controls intestinal permeability.  Gluten that cannot be digested increases amount of zonulin in the intestines. The spaces between the microvilli lining the intestines become wider allowing unwanted proteins into the bloodstream.  These unwanted proteins cause the lymphocytes from the immune system to attack.  The problem that arises is the body begins to attack similar proteins in the blood leading to greater complications including autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s disease.  People with this disease can benefit greatly from eliminating gluten from their diet.

References:

Davis, William, MD. “Wheat Belly” 2011. New York.  Rodale, Inc.

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