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Is Gluten Bad For You?


Alane Wincek, ND, CNC
certified holistic nutritionist, metabolic specialist, author
678-372-2913 /

May 29, 2023

Is Gluten Bad For You? 

is gluten bad for youThere is plenty of science-based evidence to suggest that a gluten-free diet may be beneficial for some people. There have been many studies showing that gluten protein does not only affect people with celiac disease.

If you are asking the question is gluten bad for you, it depends on if you have any of these symptoms of health challenges.

If you are asking the question is gluten bad for you, it depends on if you have any of these symptoms of health challenges.

  • Autoimmunity can be triggered by gluten grains. 
  • Inflammatory symptoms may worsen by eating gluten. 
  • Weight loss can be more difficult when the diet consists of gluten grains. 
  • A wheat allergy needs to be taken seriously. 
  • Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity is when a person does not have Celiac but reacts to gluten protein. 
  • Gluten may be bad for you if you have any gut issues like irritable bowel, colitis, or inflammatory bowel disease. 
  • Some people with severe mood or behavior imbalances may see improvement with a gluten-free diet. 

Is gluten bad for you if you have any of the symptoms mentioned above? Most likely, it is.

What are the Side Effects of Gluten?  


is gluten bad for youIn my 30+ years in practice I have been amazed at the many health improvements to someone removing the gluten protein from their diet. There are many side effects of gluten to your health. Some side effects are autoimmunity, skin eruptions, pain, fatigue, brain fog, hair loss, IBS, IBD, diarrhea, constipation, mood swings, confusion, depression, weight gain and more. 

One of the most dramatic cases I had was a lady that called me from the hospital. Her colon was severely inflamed and the doctor suggested on a full colon removal to improve her symptoms. When she and her family consulted with me they did ask if gluten is bad for her and if removing gluten from her diet may save her colon? 

They left the hospital, knowing she could always get her colon out but wanted to wait till after we met to make a final decision. She still had some hope. I ran a comprehensive test for gluten on her and it was positive for gluten intolerance. 

We removed gluten from her daily diet and within a few days she felt better and she never needed to have her colon removed. 

After the many classes I have taken on autoimmunity, pain, fatigue, and gluten, I do not see any benefits of eating this protein.

Some research suggests that our digestive systems are not created to break down and digest the kind or amount of grain proteins common in modern diets. Is gluten bad for you? Is gluten good for you?


What Health Benefits Does a Gluten-Free Diet Provide?  

One of the main benefits a gluten free diet provides for your health is pretty simple. By eliminating this sticky, glue-like substance from your diet, you are enabling your body to work better for you overall. 

Here is a list of health benefits of a gluten free diet: 

  • Improved digestion
  • Less bloating and gas
  • Less diarrhea 
  • Easier weight loss 
  • Less inflammation in your body 
  • Improved mental clarity 
  • Improved absorption of nutrients 
  • Less skin eruptions brings for clearer looking skin 
  • You may have a better mood
  • Improved quality of sleep 
  • Less pain 
  • More energy

When I was younger, I wish I had considered is gluten bad for me or not. The earlier years of my life would have been much healthier and more manageable.

When I was 10, the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome started and were very bad. They disrupted my life. I was afraid to go out to eat with friends, fearing my stomach would get upset. I would go days without eating when I had a social event I wanted to feel good at.

My medical doctor tried to help me with medications and testing, but nothing worked. In the 1980s, diet was not discussed, so we had no idea what the cause was.

When I was 35 years old, I was sitting in a class on autoimmunity, and everything clicked. It was like a light bulb went on bright for me. I tested myself for gluten intolerance, and not only was it positive, but the Celiac markers were also positive. No wonder my stomach was messed up.

Since eating a gluten-free diet, the health benefits have been many. They include better sleep, no more acne, healthier hair, reduced pain, no upset stomach, fewer autoimmune attacks, and more.

Can Gluten Cause Cognitive and Mood Problems? 

is gluten badMany clients report that gluten has caused cognitive impairment and mood swings. You may not find brain fog or mood problems on the list for celiac symptoms, but you will for non celiac gluten intolerance symptoms. 

“Brain fog may be even more common in those with non-celiac gluten sensitivity than in those with celiac disease: Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Celiac Research, said in an interview with that brain fog affects about one-third of his gluten sensitivity patients.” 

The bottom line is this,

If you’ve ever asked yourself is gluten bad for you and causing cognitive and mood problems, the answer is most likely yes.

Gluten affects all of us as it makes the gut lining permeable.
This means the food particles and proteins that need to stay in the gut do not. They move out of your stomach and move into your bloodstream, causing adverse symptoms and reactions to your body, including your brain. 

I am amazed at the number of clients stating that they can think clearer and have a balanced mood just from eliminating gluten from their diet.

How Does the Body React to Gluten? 

You have most likely heard the saying that inflammation is the #1 cause of disease, and if gluten causes inflammation, why would you want to eat it? Is gluten bad for you? Yes.

When the gluten protein is consumed, it enters the body and creates a cascade of inflammation. This inflammatory response can occur anywhere in your body.

When I go about my day, at work, to the mall, out to eat, to the park, and I people watch, I have to wonder when I see someone unhealthy if their body is reacting to gluten.

The #1 food people eat is wheat. Think about the typical American food diet. It starts with wheat cereal, bread for lunch, a wheat snack, and some wheat pasta for dinner.

People are inflamed from head to toe. The cause of the inflammation is not a deficiency in anti-inflammatory medication; it is something we are putting into our bodies, causing a reaction.

If you want to test and know for sure is gluten bad for you, if it is causing autoimmunity, and if there is Celiac, here is the best test to do.

Here is a link to the gluten test I ran on myself and I run on my clients. 

Here is another article you may like that discusses food intolerances and how to test for them. 


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Hey! I’m Alane Wincek. I grew up on sugar and plenty of junk food and had no clue how my diet effected my health. 

 I changed my life and have worked as a holistic nutritionist and naturopath, for over the last 30 years. I help people get healthy, fit and lean, find hormone happiness and recover from all sorts health challenges. 

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