What is gluten?
Gluten is a complex protein found in grain. Grains such as wheat, rye, barley, and oat.
How did gluten get to be such a bad guy?
Over the years our grains have been modified to be “Super Grains”. It’s what makes our crusts crispier, our muffins puffier, and our pancakes fluffier….and our bodies more and more unhealthy.
What does gluten do to our body?
It causes inflammation that can effect every organ system. Did you know that 1 in 55 people have gluten sensitivity and 1 in 133 have Celiac Disease?
What are the symptoms to gluten sensitivity?
They range from rashes and ezcema, heartburn, chronic cough, asthma, IBS or irritable bowel syndrome, to chronic disease. In fact gluten sensitivity can cause Rheumatoid arthritis and Lupus, as well increase joint pain in general. It is thought that over 50 diseases can be caused by gluten.
So think twice the next time you reach for a loaf of whole wheat bread.
In my next posts I will blog on how to find out if you are gluten sensitive….and life after gluten or what is left to eat.
Dr. Nancy Scheinost
Rheumatology of Brazos Valley