Grains - especially gluten-containing grains - can cause problems affecting everything from digestion, mood, skin etc. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, and is what gives bread its stretch. Its consumption stimulates the production of a protein called zonulin in everyone who eats it. Zonulin is a protein that opens intercellular tight junctions in the gut lining (the connections between epithelial cells that make up the gastrointestinal lining). Zonulin increases intestinal permeability in the jejunum and ileum and is considered a biomarker for barrier permeability. Allowing undigested food particles and other inflammatory particles to pass into the bloodstream. This is what is known as leaky gut syndrome. Some people do not react to zonulin whereas if you are sensitive / reactive to zonulin, this can lead to an immune response that can contribute to a whole host of autoimmune conditions including Celiac Disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Graves’ Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Fibromyalgia, as well as all sorts of neurological disorders and skin conditions including eczema and rosacea.
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