Going Gluten Free is a huge first step in improving your health. BUT it may not be enough by itself…
Autoimmunity is a complex disease where your body mistakes your own tissue as foreign and your white blood cells attack it with the goal to destroy it!
The goal of everything you do to treat your gut issues should be to reduce the inflammation in your body and the attack on your own tissue.
Going gluten free is a step in the right direction because gluten sensitivity means your body is sensitive to the gluten protein.
There’s a crossover in people who have Celiac’s disease AND autoimmune disease so why isn’t it enough to eliminate it from your diet?
You’re still eating hidden gluten and causing inflammation
Here are a few quick ways to know if you are doing gluten free the wrong way:
- You avoid breads, but you don’t look for gluten in other products (soy sauce, hot dogs, lipstick, toothpaste – these all have gluten in them!)
- You avoid foods with gluten in them, but you still buy, cake mixes, ice cream, etc.
- You did a great job taking out gluten but you still aren’t eating vegetables! That’s 5-9 servings per day!
- You are gluten free 95% of the time but you make exceptions for your favourite treats.
- You went gluten free for 4 weeks but didn’t notice a difference so you went back to eating it again.
Gluten is a highly inflammatory food.
That means it amps up your immune system and puts your body into a state of being hyper alert. When it’s in this stage, you’re now set up to accidentally attack your own body in what’s called autoimmunity.
Gluten is unfortunately the ringleader in this process and that’s why it’s so critical to completely remove it from your body!
- You must COMPLETELY avoid gluten for at least 3 months – a trial period of 1 month will not do it.
- Look for it everywhere and don’t make any assumptions – it’s hiding in the weirdest places
- No cheating! Even a little bit of gluten amps your immune system back up in a hurry.
- Eating healthy means eating fruits and vegetables…
- That also means – gluten free junk food is still just junk food.
Try out these recommendations before you make the assumption that going gluten free didn’t work for you.
You Have Other Gut Imbalances
Ever wonder why you’re so prone to gut problems?
Constipation, gas pains, abdominal pain, bloating, cramping…
People with gluten sensitivity are predisposed to developing other gut issues due to inflammation.
People with autoimmune diseases are more likely to have other gut issues like
- SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth),
- Intestinal Dysbiosis (too much bad bacteria and not enough good bacteria),
- Gut Infections (like parasites),
- Leaky Gut and
- Yeast Overgrowth.
These are serious issues that NEED to be taken care of, and going gluten free just simply isn’t enough to treat them.
How do you know if you have these problems?
You can do your own rough test by answering these questions:
- Was I still constipated on a gluten free diet?
- Did I still experience gas and bloating 30 minutes to 1 hour after a meal?
- Do I still have abdominal pain?
- Are my bowel movements still irregular? Diarrhoea one day, constipation the next?
- Do I have a personal history of lots of antibiotic use?
- Do I still experience unusual reactions to certain foods?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then you likely have one or more of these gut related issues.
Your Immune System is compromised because of physical, emotional or other Stress.
It’s no secret that stress increases inflammation and activates your immune system. But what you may not have known is just how little stress can actually impact your entire body.
The truth is that even the small amount of constant every day stress takes a toll on our bodies and our guts. I’m not talking the death of a loved one either (though that can take a HUGE toll).
I’m talking about little stress: work stress, financial stress, family or marriage stress, social media stress, etc.
The little things day in and day out really add up over time to increase inflammation.
Just consider a few simple examples:
- Have you ever had diarrhoea before a stressful event?
- Have you ever had a “gut feeling” about something?
- Have you ever had “butterflies”?
Each example illustrates how emotions and thoughts can affect your gut!
Clearly, the daily stress we all deal with causes a number of negative changes in your gut:
- It can change your gut bacteria – in favour of bad bacteria.
- Stress increases “leaky gut”.
- It is associated with an increased risk of: peptic ulcers, bowel problems and food allergies.
You can’t address your gut problems without addressing your stress levels.
You should avoid foods that cross react with Gluten or directly cause inflammation by themselves (Milk, Rice, Corn, Sesame and Gluten Free Oats)
Unfortunately many foods cross react with the gliadin molecule (the part of gluten that people don’t tolerate). Put in simple terms: the protein of gliadin and of milk, corn, rice, sesame and gluten free oats looks so similar that your body can’t tell the difference.
Because of this you may react to these food groups causing a “sensitivity” and causing inflammation.
Take milk for instance:
Not only does it contain lactose and casein (which many people don’t tolerate).
Removing these foods for a short period of time is not only helpful but NECESSARY to reduce inflammation and start healing.
Pick a diet that avoids these major food groups along with gluten and stay on that diet for at least 3 months.
Multifaceted Approach to Treatment!
Multifaceted approach is not only recommended but required for optimal results.
A recommended treatment plan includes 6 steps and each step is critical:
- Proper diet helps nourish the adrenals while focuses on nutrient deficiencies and reduces inflammation
- Addressing gut health through probiotics.
- Address adrenal status and adrenal fatigue.
- Top up nutrient deficiencies, including: Iron, B12, Zinc, Magnesium, Selenium, Iodine, and Vitamin D3
- Removing toxins (Detox)
Drink at least 3 litres of mineral water per day (NOT tap water)