Gluten intolerance, sensitivity, and allergy are all different forms of the body’s inability to process gluten. Numerous studies have addressed the controversy of gluten and Celiac-related medical issues. This includes one of the main symptoms associated with gluten intolerance- inflammation.

Inflammation is a complex process that happens within the body when it is exposed to a substance it sees as harmful, but might actually not be. This includes foods containing gluten. Gluten is the protein found in wheat, rye, barley and spelt. In addition to it being in breads, pastas, cereals, bagels and sauces, it is often used in many different household products, as well as some makeup and skincare products. It shows up in places of which you would never think.

In a study published in the Journal of Nutrition (2015), written by Joseph Jamnik et al, it was found that gluten increases the biological signs of inflammatory response in the study population. Accounting for many variables including age and sex, it was found that an association exists between gluten intake and inflammation regardless of the possibility of a diagnosis of Celiac Disease. This means that gluten can cause problems for you regardless of whether you are gluten intolerant or not.

This study shows the importance of a diet that is free from processed or refined grains, especially grains containing gluten. Continuously eating gluten results in a chronic inflammatory response, which can lead to other chronic illnesses, such as depression, coronary heart disease, autoimmune disorders, and even some types cancer.

Many of our food ingredients, as well as overexposure to processed grains could possibly be the triggers to the immune system’s inflammatory process. Gluten alone is not the only culprit. We also have to take into account the heavy use of pesticides and chemicals used in our current food supply.

If you’re concerned about your inflammatory response with gluten or grains, there is very effective testing that can measure inflammation levels as well as proper testing for food sensitivities, intolerances and allergies. Consulting your environmental or integrative medical practitioner on a strategic diet and lifestyle can be the best way to reduce your risk of illness and get you on the right path to a healthier you.