While eating gluten free foods has become the latest “health fad” there are some actual benefits to going gluten free. It’s definitely true that only about 1% of the population has celiac disease; an autoimmune condition that makes it difficult to digest food; around 10% of people may also be sensitive to gluten. Even more people have natural adverse reactions to gluten such as headaches, joint pain and digestive disorders.
1. Gut Inflammation
Inflammation is a more common side effect of gluten and it can strike if you are sensitive to gluten or not. Chronic gut inflammation can lead to some serious health problems too. It can cause your intestines to become permeable. An inflamed gut causes the junctions between cells in the in the gut to become loose. This means that plenty of bad things such as viruses and bacteria are unleashed into the bloodstream. It’s more commonly known as “leaky gut syndrome”. This plays havoc on the immune system and can lead to autoimmune disorders.
2. Brain Disorders
There has been research done that demonstrates that gluten can exacerbate a number of neurological disorders. One of the worst conditions is called cerebellar ataxia. This condition compromises the parts of your brain that are responsible for your balance, movement, talking, and the like. It is a gluten ataxia that damages the cerebellum (the part of your brain that manages fine motor control) and the damage can be irreversible.
There are some other conditions that seem to be improved by following a gluten free diet including the following:
Autism: Studies have shown that eating a gluten free diet can improve the behavior and lives of people with Autism.
Epilepsy: There are several studies that show eating a gluten-free diet improves the lives of epilepsy patients.
Schizophrenia: Some patients with Schizophrenia have been found to improve after going gluten free.
Eating too much gluten is a great way to end up lethargic and tired. It can make it hard for you to fall asleep at night and mean that you wake up exhausted. Many people brush these symptoms off and tell themselves they just live a busy lifestyle. It can be partly caused by your lifestyle but you could also have a mild gluten sensitivity. Many people find that giving up gluten improves their energy levels and sleeping cycle.
4. Muscle Pain
While it’s true that a good workout is going to leave you sore and you can be in pain after getting injured you should never just feel pain for no reason. The website Wheat Allergy and Intolerance suggests that this random muscle and joint pain could be caused by an intolerance to wheat. The pain people suffer from differs from person to person. If you find yourself suffering from muscle fatigue and pain then you should consider dropping gluten and seeing if it makes a difference.
5. Weight Gain
Many people eating a lot of gluten-y foods feel that they can’t lose weight no matter what. One of the leading causes of weight gain isn’t fat but is actually inflammation. If you’ve got a sensitivity to gluten then you’ll find it difficult to lose weight. Dropping the gluten will help you to get rid of the inflammation causing you to gain weight and give your metabolism a break so you can start losing weight.