Your Brain on Gluten

Allergic Living

Allergic Living just featured an eye-opening piece by Lisa Fitterman that discusses the very real impact of gluten on brain function.

This article confirms what people who’ve suffered for years before being diagnosed with celiac disease already know: gluten affects your neurological processes.

Dr. Marios Hadjivassiliou, the consultant neurologist at Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, England and a pioneer in how gluten affects the brain, suggests that we think of the grey matter in our brain as the computer and the white matter as the cables that hook it all up and keep it going. His latest research shows that the brain scan of someone with gluten-related damage from celiac disease or gluten sensitivity may show various degrees of damage.

People with undiagnosed celiac disease– or who have celiac and have not cut gluten out completely– might be diagnosed as ADHD, have trouble with their balance, have a terrible case of brain fog, struggle with crushing fatigue, and so on. I’ve lived this, so have been aware of these effects for decades. But science is just now starting to catch up and realize that eating gluten really is as bad for us as we celiacs have always maintained.

Check out this article from Allergic Living— an estimated one in 100 Americans has celiac disease, and one in 33 carry the gene. In other words, you or someone you know could be suffering the effects of gluten, the protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, right now.


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