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Gluten Sensitivity and Autoimmune Conditions

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests those with multiple sclerosis (and other auto-immune conditions), show great improvement when following a strict gluten-free diet.

The main symptoms of gluten intolerance is IBS (gas, bloating, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, loose stools).  Symptoms however, are not limited to the gastro-intestinal system. Symptoms of gluten intolerance can include: headaches or migraines, extreme fatigue, hormonal imbalances, brain fog, dizziness, depression, inability to concentrate, neuralgia, mood swings, muscle cramps and immune system irregularities.

There are different reasons however, as to why one might have a gluten sensitivity. Sometimes it is a flat out autoimmune reaction (as in wheat allergies) but more often than not, the body is just not able to fully break down the lectins (sugar binding proteins). Lectins are involved in many food allergies and sensitivities and have been linked to inflammation and several autoimmune conditions. In sensitive people or those with an autoimmune disease, all it takes is one morsel of gluten to set off an inflammatory response in the body.

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