Gluten and Liver

Gluten and Liver

“Patients who have autoimmune hepatitis have a higher chance of going into remission when they are on a gluten free diet” according to Dr. Osborne from The Gluten Free Society. Liver and gall bladder damage can be caused by gluten intolerance. That is why it is important to get tested for gluten intolerance if you suffer from liver or gall bladder disease. If you have any level of gluten intolerance, then your body will try to fight the gluten protein. The body will treat it as a toxin. This will cause your body to be a like a war zone causing inflammation, fatigue, slowness, and some severe cases of extreme weight loss. It is very hard for the body to digest gluten; therefore, it can cause digestive damage and inflammation. This process is called “leaky gut syndrome”. This leads to toxins and pathogenic organisms traveling through the blood stream and to the liver. All of these toxins and organisms cause the liver to over work. If this continues to happen for an extended period, it will lead to nonalcoholic liver disease [NAFLD]. Nonalcoholic liver disease is just the beginning to much more serious diseases known as “gateway disorder”. However, if you decide to go on a gluten free diet, you will start to notice your liver enzymes to lower very quickly. The fatigue and slowness will also go away. You will feel like a new person. From my personal experience, I lost 8 pounds of fat within 2 weeks. I went on a gluten free diet for over a year as part of my professional tennis training regimen. I was plateauing in my strength training, but after the change in my diet I busted through my maximums and ever since then I haven’t plateaued. I feel fresher and more energized on day to day basis.

Sources

  1. Osborne, Peter. “Celiac Disease Linked To Gall Bladder and Liver Problems.” Gluten-Free Society, 28 Sept. 2011, www.glutenfreesociety.org/celiac-disease-linked-to-gall-bladder-and-liver-problems/. Accessed 1 Oct. 2017.
  2. Gluten: A Benefit or Harm to the Body?” The Nutrition Source, Harvard School of Public Health, 8 June 2017, www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/gluten/. Accessed 1 Oct. 2017.
  3. Roy, Peter G. “The Role of Gluten in Liver Disease.” LiverSupport.com, 4 Dec. 2015, www.liversupport.com/glutens-role-in-liver-disease-and-7-ways-to-protect-yourself/. Accessed 1 Oct. 2017.
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