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Gluten and Depression

I have read a lot of papers on this and although I never thought about it with myself back in the day but now if I look back I can see times where it makes sense about how I was feeling. Was I depressed because I suffering from Celiacs and didn’t know it  and I was reacting to gluten? could be. I also did this because a friend of mine was just diagnosed with depression, she went to another doctor for stomach issues only to find out she has Celiac Disease, so she had a lot of questions about it also.

I have read several paper by Dr. Vikki Petersen and I might even have one of her videos on my site as well. I like the way she explains things, not to formal so you sit there and shake your head and say What? but she explains in a way that your Oh I get it.

So here it goes. After the digestive tract, the most commonly affected system to be affected by gluten is our nervous system, makes sense right (I thought it did). Gluten sensitive people immune systems responds to the protein gliadin. Gliadin is a protein found in wheat. This protein is similar in structure to other proteins present in our bodies, including those in the brain and nerve cells. The immune system “confuses” proteins in the body for the protein gliadin. So they call this mimicry, the result is that the body attacks itself and inflammation occurs. When inflammation happens in the brain and nervous system, a variety of symptoms can occur, including depression.

There was a study done and 15 patients with untreated celiac disease were compared to 15 patients treated with a gluten-free diet for a year. In the untreated group, 73% had abnormalities in brain circulation while only 7% in the treated group showed any abnormalities. The patients with the brain circulation problems were frequently suffering from anxiety and depression as well.

Researchers look at the association between gluten sensitivity and its interference with protein absorption as well. Tryptophan is a protein in the brain responsible for a feeling of well-being and relaxation. A deficiency can be connected to feelings of depression and anxiety.


Vitamin D Deficiencies and Celaic Disease

So this is what I have gathered so far from my doctors and what I have read. Because I have Celiacs Disease I do not absorb nutrients, so I do not absorb vitamins. They are too hard on my system and a little know fact but most vitamins also have gluten in them which I cannot have. There are vitamins out there that are gluten-free but you have to look for them and really check and do your homework.

Calcium and Vitamin D deficiency due to malabsorption increase the risk of osteoporosis in those with celiac disease. Now I never show any vitamin D in my system ever, so I usually have to go on 50,000 units once a week for 1 month to bring my vitamin D level to normal. What happens is 6 to 8 month later when I go back in to have it checked its back to either being extremely low or not showing up at all in my blood work. So now I try to eat more food that is higher in vitamin D.

Foods High in Vitamin D

  • Fish, Sardines, Salmon and Tuna (Love fish so I”m good)
  • Soy (If I have to)
  • Eggs (Love them)
  • Shiitake & Button Mushroom (Love them)
  • Dairy (Cant have)

The other best way to get vitamin D is sunshine, which I love to get and when its warm out I do a lot of swimming in our pool but I do not lay out in the sun any more (for obvious reason) but I do use a great Gluten Free Sunscreen

There are conditions that develop when vitamin D deficiency is ongoing. Muscle weakness, pain and lack of energy. Hyperparathyroidism, Rickets can occur in children, Osteoarthritis and bone fractures can also occur.

I had to have a bone scan done because of my lack of vitamin D and because I am no longer 5 ft 8 I am now 5 ft 7 (I argued with the nurse when she measured me) so they thought I was having bone issues but were surprised to see that my bones are in really good shape considering I don’t keep vitamin D in my system. I still want to know where that inch went, I’ve been 5ft 8 since kindergarten.

Life, gotta just laugh at it sometimes

Could you have a leaky gut?, sounds gross but it can happen.

So it’s called Leaky Gut, sounds gross but it is the name of this condition. So what is it ?

It is when your intestines become  damaged the lining can no longer protect the internal environment.  Some bacteria”s and toxins,  incompletely digested proteins and fats along with waste are not normally absorbed and may “leak” out of the intestines into the blood stream.  When this happens it trigger’s the body to have an autoimmune reaction. Autoimmune, I mention that a lot and will be writing about that soon. So the autoimmune reaction causes an aray of issues which I have also mentioned in previous posts. It can cause bloating, gas and cramps, fatigue and joint pain. If you have been reading my blogs these are also the symptoms of Celiac Disease, Sojrens Syndrome and many other autoimmune diseases.

Leaky gut can also cause or from what I understand trigger Crohns Disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Now you all know I have Celiac Disease and I have heard of several people with Celiac’s who later find they also had leaky gut and that is the reason why they don’t get better as quickly as others do. It can also be the cause of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, arthritis, pancreatic dysfunction, giardia, irritable bowel syndrome, and lupus. That’s a lot ! So I read that experts think  leaky gut can happen when a person ingests a food they are allergic to.  So as you know I cannot eat wheat and I have recently had to give up dairy because I was getting ill again. All these issues I write about have a lot of the same symptoms, no wonder why it can take so long to figure it all out.

So can it be fixed?

Digestive enzymes and probiotic’s can help this condition and some say even fix this issue. Digestive enzymes break down the food particles so they become smaller by doing this  the lining of the intestine doesn’t get irritated.  Breaking the food down also let the vitamins and minerals, and other nutrients enter the body in a healthier way so the body can absorb it better as it would normally. Enzymes also proactively support intestinal health.

So as always, if you feel you have these issues or any intestinal issues talk to your doctor about it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, that’s what they are there for.  Also if you feel that they are not listening to you by all means find someone who will.  Because I have several autoimmune diseases I bring my list of questions with me and I don’t leave until I have an answer that I can understand or a reason why this or that is going on . Being sick for over 25 years was way to long.


Vaccine for Celiac Disease

So there is a lot of talk about a possible vaccine for Celiac Disease. Let me know what you think about this, would you take it if you could? Here is a link to an article I received. Let me know what you think.

How long did it take you to get diagnosed with Celiac Disease? Me, 25 years :(

Ever time I went to the doctor they had a reason for my symptoms. In my 20’s I had Colitis, 30’s Irritable bowel, 40’s Spastic Colon. At 49 it hit me and it hit me hard, I was sick all the time, lost my eyelashes, my hair was falling out and my doctor at the time said I had a bad sinus infection and put me on antibiotics. Thankfully for me he went skiing and the one day I felt well enough to go to work a colleague of mine was very concerned and suggested I see his doctor so I did. They could not  find any reason for all that was going on, they started by taking me off the antibiotics and sent me for test. When I still wasn’t getting better and made a trip to the emergency room they sent me to a Gastroenterologist. Then we got the news, so all these years did some heavy-duty damage. Tell me your story and how hard was it for you to get a doctor to help you, some times it helps to hear you are not the only one this happens to or that you aren’t crazy after all.  LOL