There is a lot of talk about gluten. So much so that people are starting to view it as a poison that will destroy humanity. In actuality, gluten is totally fine for a lot of people and there is no reason to avoid it. However, it is estimated that greater than 1 in 3 people are gluten intolerant with many of them not knowing. When people who are gluten intolerant continue to consume gluten in their diet, a host of physical, emotional and behavioral issues arise.
For many people, they don’t know that it is the gluten that is causing issues like ADHD, anxiety, depression and other behavioral issues and disorders. So instead of eliminating the gluten from their diet, they seek medical assistance and instead take drugs and medications to counter the symptoms of gluten intolerance / sensitivities. In many cases, the medical treatment is costly and has negative side effects of their own.
Another issue that people experience when they are gluten sensitive / intolerant is that their body builds up an immunity against gluten and gliadin – the gluten protein that causes the issues. While this sounds like a good thing, it is actually very bad.
Gliadin is the main problem-causing gluten protein and it can be structurally similar to other proteins found in tissues of organs such as the thyroid or the pancreas. Antibodies that are created to combat the gliadin can actually attack these organs and cause common autoimmune diseases like type 1 diabetes and hypothyroidism.
The link between hypothyroidism and gluten intolerance
If you are gluten intolerant and you regularly include gluten in your diet, here is the link between hypothyroidism and gluten intolerance. The molecular structure of gliadin, which is the protein part of gluten is very similar to that of the thyroid gland. So, when gliadin seeps out from the gut (known as leaky gut syndrome) the body’s immune system starts to attack. While it destroys the gliadin, it also attacks the thyroid tissue.
The problem that we have in the United States, is that much of our diet contains gluten. We are addicted to gluten and gluten appears in many, many food products and goes by different names making it difficult to find on many food labels and ingredient lists.
When you see these ingredients on food labels, it contains usually contains hidden gluten:
- Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
- Modified food starch
- Natural flavorings
- Artificial flavorings
- Anything labeled an extract
- Vanilla flavoring
- Malt flavoring
Our food coaching is centered around education about gluten, gliadin and how to spot and, more importantly, how to avoid gluten when shopping, preparing food and eating out. If you or someone in your family has issues ranging from ADHD, anxiety, depression to thyroid and digestive issues to even joint pain, acid reflux and skin-related issues, gluten could very well be the cause