Certified Gluten Practitioner, Lisa Mitchell, explains that damage to the small intestine can lead to “leaky gut,” which allows toxins, microbes, undigested food particles and antibodies to get into the bloodstream. This sets the stage for wide-spread inflammation and autoimmune disease that can affect every area of the body, including the joints, nervous system, heart, and other organs. Hence a wide variety of symptoms can occur in people with celiac disease—not just debilitating gastrointestinal symptoms—but also joint pains, headache, rash, fatigue, insomnia, and more.
And you don’t have to have full- blown celiac disease to suffer these symptoms. People with gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity can have similar symptoms even without the hallmark of flattened villi, on which the diagnosis of celiac disease is made. Underlying damage could be going on for years before reaching that point.
All in the Gut. Since 2005, Rob Knight, PhD, Associate Professor at the BioFrontiers Institute of the University of Colorado Boulder, has been studying the various ways these microbes — communities of microbes in the body are referred to as microbiota, while their genes are the microbiome — impact human health. His findings could elevate standards of care for disease processes ranging from gastrointestinal disorders to neurodegeneration. – MDNews.com