Gluten is a protein contained in many grains, including wheat, barley, rye, and oats. It is even found in more unusual grains, such as spelt and kamut. Gluten is also found in beer. Wheat or gluten intolerance can cause gastric complaints like bloating and excess gas. Some chronic illnesses may be triggered by gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity, and the extreme form of wheat allergy called celiac disease.
The problem is that gluten sensitivity creates inflammation in the entire body, beginning in the gut. It is a form of autoimmune disease. Celiac disease, the chronic and most severe type of gluten intolerance, affects one in a hundred people. Less severe symptoms of gluten allergy or gluten sensitivity may affect as much as one third of the US population.
If you suffer from irritable bowel disease, canker sores, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, osteoporosis, anemia, cancer, autoimmune disease, MS, unexplained neurological problems, depression, anxiety, dementia, schizophrenia, nerve damage, migraines, epilepsy, and autism I will often recommend going gluten free. In addition to grains, gluten can be hidden in products such as soups, salad dressings, and even vitamins, stamps, and cosmetics. I also often recommend UltraInflamX and Probiotics by Metagenics to help heal the gut and decrease the overall inflammation in the body.