Gluten and Fatigue

Researchers at the University of Maryland, school of Medicine's Center for Celiac Research determined in 2011 that gluten intolerance has a wide spectrum of severity, ranging from no symptoms, to mild gluten sensitivity, to celiac disease, the most extreme and damaging type of gluten intolerance.

The gastrointestinal effects of gluten intolerance can inhibit your ability to absorb nutrients, leading to severe fatigue. When you can't digest foods properly you don't get proper nutrients.

Gluten and coffee

When gluten-sensitive individuals drink a beverage containing gluten, their bodies identify the protein as a foreign body and launch an attack that damages the villi, or tiny finger-like projections on the inside of the small intestine. Over time, the villi lose the ability to absorb important nutrients from the partially digested food passing through the gut. People with CD gradually become malnourished no matter how much they eat or drink.

Gluten and sugar level

A gluten-free diet not only helps those suffering from gluten sensitivity, but may also help in stabilize blood sugar. Removing foods that traditionally contain gluten, such as bread, cakes, cookies and beer also often brings down the sugar content of the diet.

Gluten and Chocolate

Gluten is a protein found in wheat and its derivatives. Aside from obvious forms of wheat such as bread, pastries, pizza and cookies, gluten could be found in candies like chocolate.

Chocolate by itself does not contain gluten, it is often mixed with ingredients that do contain this protein. For example, a chocolate candy bar that contains a wafer or other ingredient made from wheat would definitely contain gluten, whereas a plain chocolate bar may not.

Gluten in Tea

Is tea gluten-free, or does tea contain gluten?

Black or green — is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, which is not related to the gluten grains wheat, barley and rye. Therefore, plain tea should be gluten-free, assuming it hasn't been subjected to gluten cross-contamination in processing.

Gluten in Gums

If you enjoy chewing gum and you follow the gluten-free diet, you need to chew gluten-free gum. Yes, it's true that you don't actually swallow the gum (usually, anyway), but you certainly swallow enough of the juices and flavoring from it to give yourself a reaction, if it's not gluten-free.

Gluten helps to thicken many foods or to give them chewy qualities. This chewiness is a primary reason for including gluten in some chewing gums.

Gluten and Migraine

Almost everyone gets a tension headache from time to time, but migraine headaches are a different matter, and can be quite severe, chronic and seriously interfere with normal life.

Oftentimes, the pain from a migraine is so severe that patients have difficulty functioning. The cause of migraines is unclear, but researchers and patients increasingly are noting a link between migraines and gluten consumption.

How Gluten Intolerability Changed Our Lives

In the middle of one's life, you would imagine that your digestive system is stable. In my husband's case this was not to be the scenario. After suffering from stomach pain, bloated stomach, fatigue, brain fog or feeling tired after eating a meal that contained gluten, inflammation, swelling or pain in his joints such as fingers, knees or hips, I decided it was time for him to see our physician who immediately instructed to cease intake of all gluten products and perform a blood test. Diagnosis was gluten intolerability.

Identifying hidden sources of gluten cross-contamination

Going gluten-free? You'll need a little knowledge how to figure out which foods you need to avoid. You probably know that gluten is a protein which found in anything made from wheat, rye, or barley. But did you know it's also in some less obvious products, such as ketchup, soup stock, frozen yogurt and soy sauce?

Gluten and Sport

For people in good health, there is no known harm in trying a gluten-free diet. But the real performance-enhancing secret for athletes is an overall healthy diet, and for those without any issues with gluten, that can include nutritious whole grains.

Most athletes choose high glycemic, refined or processed carbohydrates diet as a quick recovery food, most of these choices contain gluten, which is carbohydrates (breads, pasta, cereals) that are an important source of energy, especially during exercise.