Does Gluten Affect The Brain?

Do you feel foggy, irritable, worried and overwhelmed?

Nutritional Therapists have long known that gluten is poison for the body and the brain, but now scientists and researchers are finally catching on too.

It all begins in the gut (where most disease begins) because we know that the gut and the brain communicate via the enteric nervous system (millions of nerve cells line the gut). The health (or dysfunctions) of the gut has an enormous effect on our brain. If we have neurological symptoms, the chances are that our gut is inflamed.

What we eat is very much a determinant of how your gut is functioning and this brings us back to gluten, which contains a protein called gliadin. Gliadin triggers a compound called Zonulin which promotes intestinal permeability (leaky gut) and blood-brain barrier permeability (leaky brain). If undigested food particles move from the gut into the blood stream, a cascade of inflammatory immune reactions can occur. The antibodies produced can cause havoc in the brain.

The neurological effects of gluten intolerance include anxiety, forgetfulness, poor concentration, depression, bipolar disorder, seizures, headaches, multiple sclerosis, anxiety and ADHD. If you suffer with any of these neurological symptoms, please consider removing all forms of gluten from your diet for at least 3 months. This includes wheat, rye, oats and barley.

If you have tested positive for gluten intolerance or Coeliac disease but don’t feel better after excluding gluten from your diet (for 3 months), you may need to remove foods that cross react with gluten. These are: dairy, rye, barley, spelt, oats, yeast, coffee, corn and millet.

Read this review to learn more about how gluten can contribute to chronic inflammation and autoimmune diseases by increasing intestinal permeability.

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