Gluten Sensitivity – Chronic Fatigue and Brain Fog
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and oats. People who are celiac and gluten sensitive are not able to digest this protein, which results in gluten passing through the small intestine undigested. The undigested gluten can irritate the lining of the intestine and cause it to become inflamed and damaged.
Celiac vs Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
- “Celiac” is a term given to those allergic to gluten (their blood test will test positive for gluten allergy)
- “Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity” is a newly-defined and as-yet poorly understood condition whereby the person shows intolerance symptoms to gluten, however, their blood test will test negative for gluten allergy.
Key Symptoms of Gluten Sensitivities
Symptoms of gluten sensitivity includes
- Digestive symptoms (e.g. diarrhea)
- Neurological/ psychological problems such as brain fog, depression, anxiety
- Fatigue & poor sleep quality: despite their fatigue, many people with celiac and gluten sensitivity report problems of chronic insomnia, taking hours to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Managing Chronic Fatigue & Poor Sleep Quality
- Sleep problems may continue to persist despite switching to a gluten-free diet. Dr. Rodney Ford, a New Zealand pediatrician and author of The Gluten Syndrome, hypothesizes that gluten in your diet affects your brain and other neurological tissue directly, though there is absence of conclusive research to show that this is true.
- Get rid of as much gluten as you can (watch out of those labelled as “gluten-free” as this may contain very low levels of gluten). Stick to naturally gluten-free whole foods (such as: avocado).
- Try supplement such as Fatigue No More to help with deeper sleep & heal leaky gut – it’s gluten free of course!