I was delighted to participate in my first virtual book tour this week. Several hundred people signed up for the event and it was truly an international affair with listeners from Canada, Mexico and Australia.
If you missed the event you can listen to the replay at www.askaboutgluten.com/replay.
Many wonderful, insightful questions were asked during the event but for those who didn’t get their questions answered at the event I thought this blog would be a good place where I could continue to address all the important issues that were raised.
Imagine my surprise when barely 24 hours later there are 210 questions awaiting me! There is an incredible diversity in the questions and I will truly try to answer as many of them as possible.
So stay tuned. I will also be answering some of the shorter responses in a video format on my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/healthnowmedical.
Okay, so let’s get started.
Question: If I eliminate gluten from my diet but then begin to eat it again will I be more sensitive to it than I was before I eliminated it?
When you eliminate gluten from your diet your body will begin to heal. Whether you’re gluten sensitive or have celiac disease positive changes will begin to develop in your digestive tract, your immune system as a whole, and other affected systems will also begin to improve.
You must realize that because gluten has the ability to affect so many systems of the body, the changes that you see upon removing it will be different for different people. One person may see their migraines disappear, while another may see an increase of energy and less anxiety. One person may stop experiencing joint pain while another’s skin will begin to clear up. The list of symptoms associated with celiac and gluten sensitivity is truly huge! I will post them below:
Signs & Symptoms of Celiac Disease
Anemias, especially iron and folic
Autoimmune connective tissue diseases
Cerebral and cerebellar atrophy
Chronic liver disease
Dental enamel defects
Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
Low Vitamin A
Low Vitamin D
Low Vitamin K
Obstructive pulmonary disease
Retarded motor development
Single generalized seizures
Spontaneous, low-impact fractures
Systemic lupus erythematosus
White-matter brain lesions
Symptoms and Conditions Associated with Gluten Sensitivity
Craving for wheat/gluten or inability to stop eating it
Sinus congestion, post-nasal drip
Joint and muscle aches
Diarrhea and/or constipation
Gas, bloating, abdominal pain
IBS, colitis, gastritis
Psoriasis, eczema or unexplained rash
Depression, anxiety or mood-swings
Unexplained Chronic Fatigue
Increased liver enzymes
Frequent canker sores
Headaches / Migraines
The beautiful thing about the human body is that the healthier it is the better it communicates to you how it feels. So the answer is yes, when you introduce gluten into your body after you have eliminated it for at least a month, your body will most likely react in a more sensitive fashion than it did when you were eating gluten all the time. You were always sensitive, it’s just that the reaction is easier to detect when you have eliminated it for a while.
Please note however that the response can be delayed. Your reaction to gluten can occur anywhere from immediately upon its ingestion to up to 3 or 4 days later. It depends on which systems are affected most in your particular situation.
I have some patients experience migraines within a few hours. Others have soreness and swelling the next day and still others notice symptoms several days later. These are all legitimate reactions to gluten.
I hope this helps. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of further assistance.
To your good health,
Dr Vikki Petersen
Founder of HealthNOW Medical CenterCo-author of “The Gluten Effect”