Gluten has become increasingly more and more feared in recent times due to its harmful effects on the body, specifically the gut lining. It has been associated with numerous types of diseases such as celiac and type 1 diabetes. But what about other types of conditions such as brain fog, fatigue, and joint pain?
Gluten is a glycoprotein complex found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. When gluten enters into the gut, it can stimulate a protein called Zonulin to open. Zonulin is a gatekeeper protein that keeps your gut lining tight, meaning each cell is held tight to its neighbor. When that tight junction is open, food particles and microorganisms can leak through the wall of the intestine and cause an immune reaction.
When diagnosing an individual with gluten sensitivity, a few things must be kept in mind:
- Do you have any known food reactions?
- Do you have a family history of auto-immune disease?
- What is your antibiotic history?
- Have you traveled outside the country?
- Have you had any food borne illnesses?
- Do you have any unexplained symptoms that are unresponsive to treatments?
If you have answered yes to any of these, then you need to get tested for gluten and zonulin. At Source of Health, our goal is to identity and treat the underlying causes of disease. While symptom treatments may make you feel better in the short term, they could potentially be causing you more hurt in the long run.
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We are here to help you live a healthy, radiant life once again!
To Your Health,
Dr. Steven Sorr
Medical Director, Source of Health
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