By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC, and Annah Gillette
We know it is not a secret that gluten proteins can cause inflammation. Could wheat and grains be disrupting how your systems function?
Both gluten intolerance and celiac disease can cause a wide variety of symptoms.
Here are some of the most common ones:
Weight (loss and gain) issues
Mental health problems
Rashes or eczema and so much more
Gluten is a binding protein that helps glue carbohydrates together. With gluten sensitivity, the body mounts an immune response to the gluten itself, which causes inflammation, irritation and possible tissue breakdown along the digestive tract. As a byproduct of the immune reaction, the body secretes inflammatory chemicals that can cause swelling and tenderness in the skin and joints. Given enough time the body will repair the damage from the inflammatory reaction. Unfortunately, that process can take up to six months, so dietary changes are by no means a quick fix. As women age, their chance of naturally conceiving drops, so a six month period can become an eternity, especially as the diagnosis of infertility looms.
We have had several cases at our clinic where giving up gluten and improving the diet as happily resulted in a healthy baby for parents.
For both you and your partner it is a good idea to both eliminate gluten, most grains, alcohol, and processed foods from your diet for 3-4 months continuing through conception. Yes, this means your male partner has a vital role to play, and you want his seed to be the healthiest possible. Make a conscious effort to eat whole fruits and vegetables, along with responsible protein sources. Staying adequately hydrated and consistently experiencing restful sleep will also help the process.
Together we can do a comprehensive gluten test and a cross reactivity test to pinpoint what is triggering your inflammation.
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