The Window Screen In Your Gut – A Gluten Analogy

Bread CrustDoes this sound familiar?

You’ve recently eliminated several foods from your diet – things like gluten, dairy or even eggs – because you know you’re sensitive to them.

And you’re eating other foods instead.

Maybe you’re even eating a lot of these other foods – they’re ‘safe’ after all.

And the next thing you know, you’ve become sensitive to THOSE foods.

What the heck is going on?

Is this just a part of getting older? Or is there a better explanation?

Let me share with you my favorite analogy.

If you think of your average window screen, its job is to keep bugs and gnats out of your home – letting in only the good stuff. (The ‘good stuff’ being fresh air!)

However, what happens when there are holes in that window screen?

Next thing you know, a mosquito or two will be buzzing about your head or maybe even a larger insect.

Now compare this to what might be going on in your digestive tract.

When your gut isn’t in top-notch working order – undigested particles of food or environmental chemicals, and more, can actually leak through your gut wall into your bloodstream. We call these agents “environmental triggers” – with gluten is usually the Big Kahuna.

And what ensues is system-wide havoc!

You might be thinking this would present as obvious symptoms, such as a tummy ache, or an extra trip to the bathroom – but the truth is it’s often a lot more elusive. Yet the ensuing damage can be extensive.

As you might have guessed, numerous food sensitivities are among the most common side effects – and are always a clear sign of intestinal permeability, or what we refer to as Leaky Gut. Yet this also just the tip of the iceberg. Joint pain, brain fog, headaches or migraines, numbness or tingling in your extremities and more are just some of the mysterious ailments that you’re struggling with and your doctor can’t readily explain.

Take a look at this list of symptoms & their link to gluten-sensitivity (based on obversational studies) – which includes, but isn’t limited to:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Dermatitis and other skin conditions
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Peripheral neuropathy, myopathy, and other neurological disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Ataxia
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Ménière disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Insulin resistance and inflammation

We’ve been taught, of course, that ALL of this is simply part of getting older. But what if that isn’t true?

While by no means comprehensive, what all these symptoms have in common is a sensitivity to gluten.

If you don’t have a sensitivity to gluten – you’re lucky! But consider for a moment that Gluten Sensitivity is 6 – 20 times MORE common than  Celiac Disease! (Meaning – you might not be as lucky as you think).

The primary reason WHY gluten is part of this equation, in relation  to your health and getting older – is because of this condition we refer to as a leaky gut.

The thing is – just like a window screen, it’s really hard to protect yourself if you haven’t fixed the ‘holes’. (I hope you see the connection).

If your digestive issues are getting the better of you, what can you do?

Here are my top 2 two suggestions:

  • For the most up-to-date, in-depth information regarding all things related to Gluten Sensitivity, Autoimmune Disease, Inflammation & more – be sure to watch my fun & educational video series “A Gluten Primer – Everything You Wanted to Know From A – Z“. It’s available FREE on my bi-weekly newsletter, but you can have immediate access to all 26 videos – plus a full, 2-hour Tutorial here.
  • If you’re having a hard time staying on track with your dietary protocol, then consider working with a Health & Wellness Coach, (aka an Environmental & Nutrition Educator) – someone who can help you get to the bottom of your digestive issues & age-related aches & pains that seem to have gotten the better of you – all while guiding you to a healthier lifestyle.


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