Can Gluten Affect Hormones?

Gluten and Hormones

Are you experiencing bloating, constant weight gain, anxiety, and extreme fatigue?

The impact that gluten has on your body can lead to a slowed metabolism and a leaky gut, which can then trigger both autoimmune issues (i.e. thyroid disorder and hypothyroidism) and metabolic issues (leading to PCOS).

Slows Metabolism

Gluten can make you FEEL HUNGRY ALL THE TIME! Studies show that gluten reduces the sensitivity of leptin, the hormone that regulates your appetite, by 50%. This can make you feel hungry all the time causing your body to think you need food. As a result, your metabolism slows down which leads to uncontrollable cravings and weight gain.

Causes “Leaky Gut”

The term “leaky gut” is used to describe the occurrence of when the lining of the intestinal tract develops cracks or holes, leading to tissue damage and inflammation. Zonulin is the only known protein that regulates the intestine’s tight junctions. When we have gluten, zonulin loosens up the tight junctions in the gut lining causing bacteria, toxins and undigested food to leak out into the bloodstream.

Depending on how sensitive you are to gluten, a leaky gut can lead to autoimmune issues and metabolic dysfunction.

Symptoms are triggered, such as bloating, anxiety, fatigue, and even cravings.

But I’m “Keto”

If you’ve been on a keto diet, but still feel bloated, fatigued, and weight has plateaued, I’d recommend checking ingredient labels for gluten. Oddly enough, many processed “keto snacks” contain gluten! You will find it under the ingredient label often listed as wheat flour, or under the allergies label stating it contains gluten. Best rule of thumb is to limit highly processed keto snacks and opt for whole foods. When you do choose to have carbs, opt for the gluten-free options.

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