Updated: Apr 27
Gluten: a word we hear probably too often. And there is no question that it can affect many different systems in our bodies and can cause things such as diarrhea, joint pain, skin problems, and weight issues, but what about our brains and neurological system?
Research has been shown that those with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten intolerance or sensitivity report higher occurrences of headaches, brain fog, and even peripheral neuropathy.
In addition, other illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and kinds of epilepsy are more common in those who are reactive to gluten, and it has been shown that a gluten free diet has even helped those with schizophrenia and other mood disorders.
But why does this happen? Well, gluten is an inflammatory factor that impacts the brain. And as a population as a whole, we are consuming more highly processed grains and foods that increase the possibility of gluten intolerance. And there have been hypotheses within the medical community that glute sensitivity is involved in mostly chronic illnesses, including our brain health, simply because of how gluten impacts our immune system.
When we consume gluten, it is not only processed by our gut, but also our brain, which allows it and other proteins to be absorbed by our bloodstream. Research has shown that this can sensitize our immune system and promote inflammation and autoimmunity. And this inflammation can cause many of the symptoms listed above — primarily the neurological ones.
If you experience increased symptoms such as brain fog, joint pain, or migraines after eating, maybe take an extra look at what you are feeding yourself! Gluten is good at hiding in many foods we consume on the daily, so keep your eyes peeled!
Dr. Perretto always recommends for patients follow the FOD Map diet, which is a great start to see which foods you are more likely to be sensitive to.
Be sure to consult with your primary care physician or other medical professionals in regards to your medical concerns. This text cannot and should not replace advice from the patient's healthcare professionals. Any person who experiences symptoms or feels that something may be wrong should seek individual professional help for evaluation and/or treatment. This post is for informative purposes only.