How to Heal Gut from Gluten Damage
Common celiac symptoms we see in our Root members include:
- Digestive problems i.e. constipation or diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating
- Unexplained weight loss
- Nutrient deficiencies (iron, B-vitamins, zinc, etc.)
- Skin issues
- Mood disorders
- Infertility and/or recurrent miscarriages
Diagnosis and Treatment
If you have removed gluten from your diet but continue to experience symptoms, there may be other underlying gut issues that need to be addressed. For example, food sensitivities are common in people with celiac disease because of the “leaky gut” that occurs as a result of this condition. We can test for additional food sensitivities and create custom meal plans based on those results by using MRT food sensitivity testing for our members.
If you have celiac disease and follow a gluten-free diet but suspect delayed healing, pay close attention to these causes of cross contamination:
- Shared kitchen surfaces where gluten-containing foods are also chopped/prepared
- Toasters and toaster crumbs
- Shared condiments (like peanut butter) that have been used with gluten-containing foods and then double-dipped with the same knife
- Dining out at restaurants that do not have a separate gluten-free prep area
- Foods with “hidden” gluten like soy sauce, soups/gravy mixes, french fry seasoning, and bottled marinades.
Correcting Nutrient Deficiencies
However, in order to optimize gut healing and overall well-being, we recommend prioritizing naturally gluten-free foods and following an anti-inflammatory diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, nuts, seeds, and gluten-free whole grains & starches (like quinoa, sweet potatoes, & brown rice).
Specific Nutrients for Gut Healing
- Zinc is crucial for immune function and gut healing. Foods like oysters, beef, and pumpkin seeds are good sources of zinc.
- L-glutamine is an amino acid known for its role in gut repair and rebuilding the intestinal lining. Our Gut Health Rebalance powder contains glutamine, zinc, and other soothing ingredients to optimize gut health.
- Probiotics are usually one of the last steps in a gut healing protocol, but are essential supporting a healthy gut microbiome.
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