If you are one of those unfortunate ones who suffer from abdominal bloating, you could very well be gluten sensitive. While there are many things that can be triggers for the bloating, gluten is a major culprit.
Author of The Gluten Syndrome, Dr. Ford, says he believes the percentage of people who are gluten sensitive could be up to a whopping 50%! This means that half our population could be afflicted with this ailment.
Gluten is a protein found in many grains that makes bread moist and “bouncy.” It is what makes dough “sticky,” hence glue-like. This is why it acts like glue in your intestines and causes damage.
It can really wreak havoc on your digestive system and is a cause of a lot of problems for many people.
Many digestive problems have been linked to gluten. If you are gluten sensitive, there is an autoimmune response when you ingest it causing damage to the lining of the small intestine. Then, inflammation gets triggered and that miserable abdominal bloating that can last for days, even weeks, from a single exposure.
For some people, the reaction can be so severe that the risk is anaphylactic shock. For others, the list of symptoms is lengthy–depression, brain fog, irritability, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, constipation, skin rashes, chronic fatigue, blisters, anxiety, mood swings, and of course, that miserable abdominal bloating.
If you are gluten sensitive, the intestines suffer damage every time you ingest gluten. If you avoid all gluten, your body repairs the damage. But, with every exposure, the vicious cycle starts all over again.
Even if you aren’t gluten sensitive, the healthy choice is to go gluten free. Gluten is an inflammatory trigger, period, and best avoided by everyone.
A gluten free diet can be challenging, especially in the beginning, but the reward can be getting rid of the bloat and stopping the autoimmune reaction to every gluten exposure. You must become a label-reading detective because gluten is added to most processed foods nowadays (which are best avoided anyway).
Many can recover quickly by going gluten free. For others, it is a lengthy process of healing that can take months, even years, because of all the additional factors that must be addressed as well to bring the body into a state of balance and harmony.
Healing is a journey, but a step by step process of correcting lifestyle habits and eliminating triggers can support your body in healing you completely.
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