Why everyone may benefit from a low gluten diet
A 2018 study showed that a low gluten diet induces changes in the gut microbiome composition and functional potential in as little as a few weeks.
• alterations in bacterial species = more of the good
• changes in functional potential = improved metabolism & transport of glucose
• decreased bloating
• weight loss
So eating less gluten can help improve gut health? Y E S.
Gluten is partially resistant to proteolytic digestion and escapes gastric digestion. It accumulates in the small intestine and interacts with the immune system by affecting intestinal permeability and modifies gut microbial activity.
What does this mean?
Proteins in gluten, such as gliadin, can alter the microbial balance resulting in an overgrowth of bad bacteria. This causes release of harmful substances that can damage the lining of the gut and increase zonulin levels.
Zonulin is a protein that opens up the gut lining for certain molecules to pass into the bloodstream, such as nutrients. When zonulin levels rise, the secure gut fortress with limited VIP access turns into an open leaky gate that lets too many things through. This includes undigested food particles, proteins, waste products, toxins, and pathogens.
What are the 2 most powerful triggers of zonulin release? Gluten and bad bacteria… a double whammy.
A leaky gut can trigger the immune system EVERY time you eat because all of those things entering the bloodstream shouldn’t be there. The immune system works overtime to clear things out and part of the process involves inflammatory pathways.
Over time, inflammation impacts the entire body and may cause chronic illness, infertility, autoimmune disease, and even cancer.
Does eating gluten cause symptoms in everyone? Not really.
Can gluten still cause microbial imbalances and leaky gut? Yes, yes it can.
Gut health IS our overall health. Health and a happy gut go hand in hand. I’m a sucker for warm, fresh bread with butter on top but I don’t eat it everyday. Life is about balance, including our health.
Have you tried eating less gluten? Notice any improvements?