Our terrific Guide to Celiac Disease, Jane Anderson has been exploring the neurological effects of gluten on celiacs and those with non-celiac gluten sensitivity. I believe this has been an overlooked topic in discussions about the effects of gluten which have primarily focused on how gluten damages the lining of the intestines, causes digestive distress and leads to malabsorption of vital nutrients.
Before my diagnosis I was frequently running into the corners of walls and sometimes suffered such vertigo I would have to lie down on the floor to avoid the feeling that I was going to fall down. Along with the vertigo came an engulfing feeling of nausea.
In retrospect my half Irish grandmother walled into walls and experienced frequent dizziness and Grannie was a tea-totaler! She was a slight woman and lived to the ripe age of 92. As I recall, as she aged she instinctively ate very little bread.
Giving up gluten has not been unbearably hard for me. I feel a million times healthier than I did when I was knocked to the floor with vertigo.
Learn more about the neurological effects of gluten and how even unintentional exposure to gluten can bring on neurological symptoms.
Neurological Effects of Gluten-
- What is Gluten Ataxia?
- Gluten and Vertigo
- Why You Shouldn’t “Cheat” on a Gluten-Free Diet
- Gluten and Epilepsy
- Gluten and Sleep Problems
- Gluten and Depression
- Study: Neurological Exams Show Brain Abnormalities in Some Celiacs
Author Information: Teri Gruss, MS
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Teri was diagnosed with gluten intolerance after decades of symptoms that culminated in malabsorption syndrome. Teri has written numerous health and nutrition articles for the popular website naturalnews.com and was a founding member and moderator of nutritioncircle.org, a nutrition forum for healthcare professionals and students. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and supports the non-profit organization Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) of North America as a member.
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