Hangover for your Hormones? Just add Gluten!

gluten and its effects of female hormones

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Independent healthcare professionals are at hand. To see a naturopath with expertise in gluten related health issues in women, please make an appointment with Jade Walker ND or make an appointment with Lynn Joels ND.

Important notice: Be sure to talk to your healthcare professional if your gluten symptoms are severe. You may need to be tested for coeliac disease. 

Gluten and Hormones, what’s the story?

Gluten is a highly inflammatory protein, and this inflammation can have a huge affect on hormones. Symptoms such acne, bloating, weight gain, mood swings, fatigue, terrible PMS, infertility and poor pregnancy outcomes, can all be associated with gluten and its damage to the intestinal tract.

A wealth of research suggests that giving up gluten may help with a variety of symptoms, whether you have coeliac disease, non-coeliac gluten sensitivity, or no identifiable symptoms at all. Going gluten free won’t solve all your hormonal issues, but, alongside other holistic support, will definitely set you on the right track.

The gluten-hormone link

Gluten is a family of proteins found in many grains. It triggers the body to release a protein called zonulin, and here we have ‘the bad guy’. Zonulin has a negative effect in the body: it loosens the tight junctions in the lining of the intestinal tract – leaving your gut susceptible to leakage of larger food particles, toxins and pathogens, all leading to inflammation. This ‘leaky gut’ then triggers a host of problems, such as:

The science also point to leaky gut leading to a number of auto-immune disorders.

Gluten, oestrogen dominance and adrenal exhaustion

The inflammation in the gut slows down transit time of your food and the effective absorption of essential nutrients. This slower transit time means excess oestrogen stays in the body longer, contributing to oestrogen dominance – one of the most common hormone imbalances in women.

This gut inflammation goes on to place stress on your adrenals. Adrenal glands (sitting happily above your kidneys), are the stress buffers of the body producing all the ‘mother’ hormones. This includes stress hormones that repair the body and help it cope with the daily stress we are thrown.

The adrenal glands also produce our sex hormones as women start to enter peri-menopause, noting that our brain is a major part of the adrenal axis. If our adrenals become exhausted, due to excess demands placed on them, a breakdown in our bodily systems’ starts to occur affecting the entire adrenal axis including the brain.

Video: IGTV Event – Gluten & Hormones. Practitioners Jade Walker & Lynn Joels discuss the effects that Gluten can have on women’s hormones.  Tap on the video to learn more. Make an appointment with Jade Walker. Make an appointment with Lynn Joels.

Gluten and fertility

Studies show that women with coeliac disease, which is a severe immune-system reaction to gluten, have a greater risk of impaired fertility and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Research also links non-coeliac gluten sensitivity with adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Gluten and its effects on Endo and PCOS

Women with endometriosis make up more than 11% of the population or a staggering 830,000+ women. Those women who choose to go gluten free report reductions in pain after six to 12 months of the diet, according to several studies.

And there is some good evidence linking coeliac disease and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Addressing normal monthly Period Pain.

Women with gluten issues often have issues taking popular pain medication such as ibuprofen (nurofen), due to their inflammatory reactions on the gut. Adding inflammation to inflammation is not a good combo!

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Important notice: Be sure to talk to your healthcare professional if your gluten symptoms are severe. You may need to be tested for coeliac disease. 


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