Gluten Sensitivity, Poor Health, and Infertility with Dr. Tom O’Bryan
Gluten is practically everywhere these days.
If you don’t find it on grocery store shelves, restaurant menu, or in your favorite magazine featuring a celebrity going ‘gluten free; you’d be sure to hear your friends, family or co-workers talking about it.
Maybe you’ve been wondering if the gluten ‘ditch’ is just the latest health trend and not worth caring about. Well, you should know that there is something deeper going on here.
There is a lot to say about gluten and its effect on your health.
Also one of the most overlooked causes of infertility by fertility experts is gluten intolerance. If you’ve been confused about the differing advice out there about gluten sensitivity’s effect on infertility, this video will set things straight for you.
In this interview with Dr. Tom O’Bryan, an expert in gluten and celiac sensitivity you get to learn all about:
- How he became known as the ‘go-to’ guy on gluten after his wife successfully conceived after years of infertility following his research on gluten.
- How people unknowingly throw ‘gasoline on the fire’ with their gluten-rich diets.
- How gluten has become the primary culprit with the most significant effect on health.
- The mistake doctors make in treating gluten sensitivity issues.
- How gluten-free foods are a step in the right direction but not a road to health.
How Gluten Sensitivity Can Contribute to Poor Health
The word gluten is from the Latin word Glue. It contains adhesive properties that help foods like cake and bread glue and give it a spongy texture. However, this adhesive property impedes proper digestion by interfering with the breakdown and absorption of nutrients and minerals from these foods.
The protein contained in gluten-filled foods like wheat are gut irritants, they act as splinters that dig into your gut lining leading to inflammation.
It gets worse.
When the gut gets inflamed, it contributes to a problem called ‘intestinal permeability.’ Intestinal permeability is a huge problem that occurs when the gut ‘border control’ is messed up. The border control keeps out virus, bacteria and other pollutant and allows the clean digested food into your bloodstream.
Now, if your border control is all messed up the junctions between the cells of your gut wall loosen up, and too much stuff (including the bad ones) passes through.
As a result of that, your immune system is triggered to attack the lining of your gut which could then lead to a variety of symptoms that are not just gastrointestinal. Such signs could include psychological problem or skin, joint or liver related problems.
The most commonly known side effect of gluten is the mal-absorption of nutrient; the less widely known impacts range from irritability, infertility, high blood pressure, memory loss and muscle spasm.
Gluten could very well be the source of your health problem. Unfortunately, we don’t usually correlate the symptoms with the causes because gluten sensitivity can be widespread with implications in other health problem you’d think were unrelated.
Gluten Intolerance and Infertility
As we said earlier, gluten intolerance causes inflammation in the gut. Now the issue is, this inflammation doesn’t just affect the gut alone, but other parts of your body.
This could lead to the release of chemicals which signals to your body that it is in a danger zone and not an ideal time for pregnancy.
Also, since this inflammation interferes with nutrient absorption, beneficial nutrients including fat, protein, Vitamin D, selenium, and Zinc which are essential for conception and healthy pregnancy are blocked from getting into the body.
You should also know that gluten intolerance can change the ability of the body to tolerate foreign cells which sadly can include your partner’s sperm.
Gluten-Free Food: The Road to Health?
Gluten-free products on the market are not automatically healthier than those containing gluten. Many of these ‘gluten-free’ junk foods on display are unhealthy because they come loaded with the same extra salt and sugar. Some are nutrient poor because there could be the risk of cross-contamination in them.
It isn’t enough to cut out gluten from your diet; you should make an effort to reduce grain overall, eat healthy foods and avoid cross-sensitivity. Even though gluten-free foods are not the road to health, they are a step in the right direction.
Be sure to check out the interview with Dr. Tom O’Bryan, he has a lot to say about the impact of gluten on your health in the eye-opening video.
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