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Subscriber Newsletter June 14, 2015

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Welcome to the Gluten Free Works Health Guide Newsletter!

Gluten can make us fat. It can also make us skinny.

In fact, gluten makes us sick. It is that sickness which causes the weight gain or weight loss. Today we look at the various ways gluten affects weight gain and weight loss as it is influenced by gluten.

Please email us questions or topic suggestions at info@glutenfreeworks.com [13].

Thank You!

-John Libonati, Publisher
Gluten Free Works Health Guide [12]

Four Ways Gluten Affects Weight Gain and Weight Loss 


Weight loss or weight gain is an indicator of overall health. Gluten affects body composition in the following four ways:

1. Inflammation. Gluten elicits an immune reaction that causes inflammation. Inflammation leads to fluid retention. The fluid retention can be local, systemic and massive.

2. Dysbiosis. Gluten causes gut bacteria imbalance. When imbalanced, our gut bacteria are unable to help us digest and absorb food properly. As a result, nutrients we need are not absorbed.

3. Malabsorption. Nutrient malabsorption can result in weight gain or weight loss.

Weight Gain – Chronic intestinal damage results in malabsorption. When we do not have the nutrients we need, our hunger mechanism is triggered. But, we may absorb some nutrients perfectly, so as we eat more to gain the missing nutrients, we over consume the nutrients we absorb leading to weight gain. Also, if nutrients are not absorbed in the small intestine, then they get dumped into the colon where bacteria ferment them into short chain fatty acids which are absorbed. Finally, if certain nutrients are not being properly absorbed, edema of the lower extremities will occur, which may look like fat to some, but is actually fluid.

Weight Loss – Diarrhea will cause malabsorption, since nutrients do not have enough transit time in the intestine to be absorbed. The celiac immune reaction along the intestinal lining causes malabsorption. The intestine is inflamed and thickened, surface area is diminished and nutrients are unable to pass through the thickened lining. If nutrients are not being absorbed, then muscles cannot be rebuilt. Nutrients needed for energy metabolism will be missing. Even the appetite can be affected, where the hunger mechanism no longer functions properly.

4. Thyroid. Gluten affects the thyroid, causing hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. Both influence body composition, weight gain or weight loss.

Tip: If unexplained weight loss, weight gain or malaise are present, review the Body Composition Category [14]. You can also look up your symptoms under the Health Condition Search [15]. Note the causes, including nutrient deficiencies [16]. Then, follow the steps listed for correcting the issues.

Body Composition Issues

The following posts concern body composition: weight loss, weight gain, wasting and vitality.


Obesity [17]

What Is Obesity? Obesity is a metabolic disorder that is characterized by body mass index greater than 30% which is caused by excessive body fat called adipose tissue. Q: What is body fat? A: Body fat is part of the body …

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Increased Appetite [18]

What Is Increased Appetite? Increased appetite is the increased desire for food. Q: What causes appetite. A: Appetite is caused by hunger. The brain monitors nutritional needs and employs a hunger mechanism to alert us when fresh food is needed. Hunger is …

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Hyperthyroidism – Grave’s Disease  [20]

What Is Grave’s Disease (Hyperthyroidism)? Grave’s disease, or hyperthyroidism, is an autoimmune thyroid disease characterized by diffuse nontender goiter, elevated thyroxine hormone levels (T4, T3), suppressed thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), and presence of thyroid receptor antibodies in the blood. The …

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Weight Loss, Unexpected/ Inability To Gain Weight [21]

What Is Unexpected Weight Loss? Unexpected weight loss is unintentional loss of body mass composition or inability to gain weight marked by decreased serum proteins and increased stool fat.1 What Is Unexpected Weight Loss In Celiac Disease and/or Gluten Sensitivity? …

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Anorexia or Loss of Appetite [22]

What Is Phosphorus [23]? Phosphorus [23] is an essential mineral present in every cell of the body mostly in the form of phosphate. About 85% of phosphorus [23] is present in bone making up a major component of bone formation. As a component of …

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[24]Cachexia [24]

What Is Cachexia? Cachexia is a state of ill health involving deteriorating body composition that is characterized by general malnutrition and loss of lean tissue such as muscle. Q: What are typical findings in cachexia? A: Arm muscle triceps (the …

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Weight Gain, Unexplained [25]

What Is Unexplained Weight Gain? Unexplained weight gain is characterized by increased body mass due to excess fat accumulation that is not desired by the individual. A body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 30 signifies being overweight. What Is …

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Loss of Vitality [26]

What Is Loss of Vitality? Loss of vitality is a state of diminished power to live or go on living, interfering with normal functioning and survival. As weakness and fatigue worsen, the affected person increasingly loses interest in surroundings, activites, and …

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Autoimmune Thyroiditis Causing Hypothyroidism (Hashimoto) [27]

What Is Autoimmune Thyroiditis (Hypothyroidism)? Autoimmune thyroiditis, also called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, is an autoimmune destruction of thyroid tissue characterized by insufficient thyroid hormone circulating in the body that causes formation of a goiter (enlarged thyroid gland) and hypothyroidism. Hypothroidism refers …

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