Gluten Allergy Can Create Mental Illness
Gluten Intolerance & Bi-Polar
Jul 10, 2011 | By Peter Mitchell
Based near London, U.K., Peter Mitchell has been a journalist and copywriter for over eight years. Credits include stories for "The Guardian" and the BBC. Mitchell is an experienced player and coach for basketball and soccer teams, and has written articles on nutrition, health and fitness. He has a First Class Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from Bristol University.
Bi-Polar disorder creates extreme lows and highs of mood. Sometimes you'll feel despairing, fatigued and useless. But, at other points you may feel elated and energetic. These two opposite emotional poles give the illness its other name -- manic depression. Some studies show potential links between bipolar disorder and gluten intolerance -- a form of food allergy.
The exact causes of bipolar disorder are unclear. However, MayoClinic.com suggests that some of the potential causes involve hormonal imbalances, a lack of chemicals called neurotransmitters or physical differences in the brains of bipolar patients. The importance of chemicals in keeping your mood stable has led some researchers to speculate that diet could play a role in preventing Bi-Polar disorder.
Gluten, a substance found in wheat and many other grains, occurs in a wide range of popular American foods -- from bread and pasta, to sauces and biscuits. Celiacs -- people who can't handle gluten in the gut -- experience a range of symptoms from abdominal cramps to diarrhea when they eat gluten-rich foods.
Some studies link gluten intolerance with mental illnesses, particularly schizophrenia. For example, the BBC reports that researchers from a UK university found that up to 30 percent of people with schizophrenia have large amounts of antibodies designed to attack wheat gluten in their bodies, suggesting a gluten intolerance.
Two recent scientific studies focus on the possible link between gluten intolerance and bipolar disorder. However, neither offers a conclusive causal link. For example, a 2011 study published in "Bipolar Disorders" concludes that study participants with bipolar had higher levels of some antibodies associated with gluten intolerance, but not all.
Similarly, a 2008 study published in the "Journal of Pediatrics" shows very slightly higher levels of psychiatric issues including bipolar in children with gluten sensitivity. However, both only offer signs that future research could be worthwhile and don't establish a clear, significant link.
If you're gluten-intolerant you need to cut all gluten from your diet. This involves carefully checking food packages and reading up on common sources of dietary gluten.
I blame Gluten for many of the mental and physical
health problems, that people all around the world are
Gluten is a highly addictive substance, just like sugar is.
It is very hard to give gluten up, because of it's addictive effects on the brain.
Gluten is in our bread, cereals, cakes, biscuits, pizzas,
pasta, battered food, sauces and so many other foods.
*Your body regards gluten as a foreign invader, which
causes your immune system to go to war by attacking
your whole body, including your brain.
Gluten damages the neurotransmittors in your brain,
and over a period of time, can cause you to become
mentally ill. Many people who are allergic to gluten
become Bi-Polar, Diabetic and develop Arthritis.
60% of society now suffers from Bi-Polar. That's about
the same percentage of people who are now allergic to
gluten. More and more people around the world are
becoming gluten intolerant.
Because your body's immune system is constantly
attacking your body, trying to get rid of the gluten,
all your body organs, your brain, your stomach,
your bones, your pancreas, just about everything
becomes inflammed which creates an acidic
Many people experience feelings of intense sickness
from having an acidic stomach, caused by the warfare
happening between the gluten and your immune system.
Inflammation creates cancer too, because cancer thrives
in an acidic environment.
* People who have had Bi-Polar, have found that when
they give up toxic gluten & all forms of sugar, after a
couple of months, they start to feel mentally balanced
again, and can safely go off their medication.
Sugar causes your body to deplete itself of all your
B group vitamins, so as a result you can experience
depression, irritability, mood swings, anger, aggression,
memory loss and insomnia.
You can replace toxic sugar with Natvia: www.natvia.com.au
Natvia is made from the herb stevia. Stevia has many health
benefits. It can actually help you to lose your sugar cravings
and helps to balance your blood sugar levels.
This is an article that I came across that was written by
Sherry Eason, which proves to me how much gluten affects our minds.
Other than accidental gluten ingestion, I have been gluten-
free for about 3 years now. I am 29 years old. From the time
I was 18 until about 4 years ago I have had problems with "mental illness".
I was diagnosed with depression and then a "mood disorder" and finally Bipolar disorder. I was on anti-depressants, sedatives, and sleeping pills just to try to be normal enough
to work, and they weren't working.
About 5 years ago I started having trouble with skin rashes, stomach pains, and my hair falling out. My mother
(diagnosed with Celiac Disease) suggested I try eliminating gluten from my diet to see if that would help.
Within a month of eliminating gluten from my diet my skin rash was gone, my nervousness was gone, and the racing, panicky thoughts gone. Longest "up" time I'd had in a long time.
My health has improved by leaps and bounds since then. I've cut out caffeine from my diet too, and that's worked wonders as well. I now am drug free and symptom free. I am normal again.
No, I have not been diagnosed and probably never will be. After reading about other people's experiences with doctors' ignorance, I don't feel like the diagnosis is worth the aggravation. I know what happens when I ingest gluten and how I feel when I don't.
I just wish that psychiatrists were willing to look for
alternative causes/stressors for manic/depressed symptoms.
Symptoms of Gluten Allergy:
* Bi-Polar (Manic Depression)
* Brown shadows around eyes
* Ringing in the ears
* Extreme tiredness
* Lack of motivation
* Anti-social behaviour
* Inability to concentrate
* Foggy thinking
* Extreme mood swings
* Constipation and Diarrhea
* Facial Twitches
* Panic Attacks
* Obsessive Behaviour
* Food Addiction
* Hair Thinning
I know people who are allergic to gluten,
and whenever they have had gluten, they
become depressed, negative, illogical and
very tired. I can always tell when they have
not had gluten for a while, because their
attitudes and behaviour return to normal.
Gluten is in so much food these days, so
it is very hard to avoid, if you are allergic
to it. Gluten is an addictive substance just
like a drug, so it is very hard to give up.
Gluten is in bread, pasta, pizzas, cereal,
cakes, biscuits and battered food.
Gluten Allergy tests are not always reliable,
they seem to only show results, when you
have eaten constant amounts of gluten,
and you have become chronically ill.
For two months I suffered from constant
diarrhea, without knowing what was causing
it, so I went for a gluten intolerance test,
and nothing showed up, because I was not
having much gluten.
Anyway, I decided to completely give up
gluten, and my body returned back to
normal in just two days. I have had no
problems ever since.
If you are suffering from any of the
above symptoms, try giving up gluten
completly for two to three months, to
see how you feel mentally and physically.
Your body views gluten as a foreign invader,
and as a result your own immune system
attacks all parts of your organs wherever
the gluten is, therefore causing your body
and your nerves in your brain, to suffer
from more and more inflammation.
All this inflammation in turn, creates a whole
host of mental illnesses, arthritis in all the joints,
obesity and diabetes. Gluten basically runs
havoc in your body and your mind, creating
more and more health problems as the years
So by the time you enter old age, dementia,
alzheimers, arthritis, bad eyesight and heart
attacks will be there to greet you, no thanks
to our western diet which is filled with gluten.