Exploring Gluten Sensitivity

There is a spectrum of gluten sensitivity that can happen presenting with symptoms that range from bloating, mild inflammatory responses to true celiac disease. 

There is a known link between fertility issues and celiac disease, which is a malabsorption issue of the small intestine that is triggered by exposure to gluten.  Although classically associated with gastrointestinal symptoms, the first diagnostic feature of celiac is more commonly fatigue and iron-deficiency anemia.

If you are curious how gluten is affecting you, the best strategy is to experiment with not consuming any gluten for 3 weeks and noticing how you feel. It can take some preparation and habit building to do this, but once you get the swing of what you can eat, you may find your health and energy levels greatly improving! After all, the proof is in the pudding (or the lack of pudding as the case may be).

Here are some primary foods that have hidden and not so hidden gluten: bread, pasta, cereal and soy sauce.

Some substitutes for the above are: gluten-free bread, quinoa pasta and gluten-free oats.

Note: If you don't have a true celiac disorder and you find that gluten intake is agreeable for you, you may want to try eating locally grown grains, as locally grown foods can be more compatible with your body. Here's a company that grows all of their grain in California:http://www.communitygrains.com/ 

References:

World J Gastroenterol. 2010 Dec 14;16(46):5810-4.

Reproductive changes associated with celiac disease.

Freeman HJ.