Pain affects everything in your life, especially if it’s chronic. It influences your relationship with your family, your friends and your work. You often aren’t as alert and your mood can be dampened. People can get into a state where they just don’t feel like working or going out.
Gluten sensitivity or intolerance is showing up more and more in the U.S. all the time. In some people, it can cause gut problems. When the intestines are irritated enough they can become leaky (have tiny holes) so that the gut ‘leaks’ food particles into the blood stream. This is called ‘Leaky Gut Syndrome”. These particles are meant to pass through the intestinal system, never getting into the blood stream until they are broken down into nutrients the blood CAN carry.
Food particles in the blood call the immune system into action because the body sees them as foreign particles to be attacked and eliminated. In other words, the body sees these particles as an infection and the immune system reacts to them in it’s natural way. This in turn causes inflammation which can then create many different problems including aching in the muscles and joints. This pain can be quite debilitating.
When a person continues to eat something that his body cannot deal with it can cause constant pain. An autoimmune reaction (the development of an immune response to one’s own tissues) to gluten can even cause severe body aching.
Gluten can also cause pain by it’s effect on the neurological system. When your nerves are irritated and stressed, it contributes to chronic pain. This also takes a big toll on your health and mood.
Many people are prescribed drugs for their pain. “Drugs only mask inflammation, they do not correct the source. Many pain meds also cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies. This side effect can prevent long term healing. For example, NSAIDS (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can cause folic acid and vitamin C deficiency. Both of these vitamins are crucial for the body to be able to repair damaged cartilage, joints, tendons, and ligaments.” says the Gluten Free Warrior.
This is why it would be wise for a person who is having chronic pain to find out if he is allergic to gluten. It can seem inconceivable to give up wheat and other things that contain gluten. However, once you decide, it’s not as hard as you think it would be. There are plenty of substitutes like wild rice, quinoa or coconut flour that make it easier. It’s just a matter of getting educated and trying things out. Before you know it, you’ll be an old pro.