Although there is no test for gluten sensitivity, the Mayo Clinic says that gluten is indigestible, causes damage to the intestinal lining, and that eating gluten-free is a good idea for those who suspect they have gluten sensitivity.
Several studies also support the theory that eating gluten-free improves digestion and protects the digestive tract lining, promoting better overall health. For details, check out the links to actual studies (and even sign up to participate in one, if you live in proximity to the study and qualify) to learn more about gluten, digestive health, and overall.
Gluten Sensitivity/Gluten Digestion Studies
Dr. Vazquez Roque, researcher and author of a study published in a 2013 edition of Gastroenterology, compared gluten-free diets and gluten-containing diets for participants demonstrating Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS. The four-week, randomized controlled trial concluded gluten increases number of bowel movements and causes small bowel damage (increased permeability) for those with celiac disease and people with those with non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NGCS). It also concluded that bowel function improved in the majority of participants that followed a gluten-free diet during the study.
Dr. Rogue is currently performing more studies. To see if you qualify and to read more details of the existing studies (as reported by the Mayo Clinic), click here.
What is Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NGCS)?
NGCS is what most people have – meaning you don’t have celiac disease, but you do have a gluten sensitivity (since gluten is an indigestible protein that arguably should not be a part of human diets) that affects your digestion and your gut health.
How is Gut Health Affecting Your Overall Health?
Scientists are discovering that gut health is one of the main influences on overall health, and gluten damages the digestive tract lining, causing leaky gut syndrome, immune system responses, immune system-related health conditions, malnourishment (inability of the body to absorb nutrients properly) and problems producing serotonin (most of which is produces in your gut).
How is Poor Gut Health Affecting Your Mood and Mental Acuity?
Approximately 95 percent of your serotonin, the “feel good” hormone, is produced in your gut. If you have experienced digestive tract lining damage over the years from ingesting gluten and having a poor balance of flora in your gut, your body probably isn’t producing the amount of serotonin you need to maintain a positive mood and to manage anxiety. Is it any wonder that so many people struggle with depression and anxiety today?
Study Conclusions: Eat Gluten-Free for Optimal Health
The best solution, as supported by scientific studies, is to eat a gluten-free diet.
However, most people struggle to eat 100% gluten-free, especially at first when transitioning to a new way of eating.
Gluten-Free Diet Support
It’s hard to eat gluten-free 100% of the time, especially since most of America does not eat gluten-free.
Keep a bottle of Gluten Reduce in your office desk drawer and in your purse for times when you are:
- Eating out and aren’t sure if the food is gluten-free
- Eating at a friend’s house and aren’t sure if they really get how many foods, seasonings, thickeners, binders and flavorings contain gluten
- Get stuck eating food catered in by your employer and can’t eat completely gluten-free
- Fall off the wagon and cheat on your gluten-free diet
Gluten Reduce is not a substitute for eating gluten-free, but it does quickly and effectively break down indigestible gluten into digestible amino acids that your body can tolerate. It is best used for small amounts of gluten or times when you stray from your gluten-free diet. Think of it as a safety net to help you stay gluten-free.