Constipation is neither fun to experience nor fun to read about. But it is something that everyone suffers from time to time and in some cases it can be a symptom of a more serous over-arching condition. In this post we will address bloating and constipation as it can occur to sufferers of gluten intolerance.
Constipation and diarrhea can be symptoms of gluten intolerance. Gluten intolerance, which can be Celiac Disease or Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS), is an autoimmune disease where one’s body cannot tolerate gluten. If someone with gluten intolerance consumes gluten, their body’s antibodies attack and slowly kill the villi along their digestive tract’s wall. Villi are like tiny hairs that reach out and grab the nutrition from your food as it passes.
As this villi is slowly killed off, a celiac patient’s intestines becomes less and less capable of extracting and processing nutrition from the food they eat. Latter parts of the small intestine are not equipped to handle this less-digested food. So it either further exacerbates the matter by not processing it either, which leads to constipation, bloating, or it spasms, which can cause either cramps or diarrhea.
Celiac disease constipation affects more than just your comfort. When you are constipated, toxins stay in your system longer than they should, stressing your entire immune system. If you stay constipated for a long time, this bacteria-ridden fecal matter can back up all the way from your colon through your small intestine to the lower parts of your stomach, which, as you can imagine, may lead to even further illnesses.
This is one of the reasons why it is absolutely critical for individuals suffering from gluten intolerance to completely eliminate gluten from their diet. Someone suffering from gluten intolerance should not only cut gluten from their diet, but they should avoid products or ingredients that may have trace amounts of gluten in them. This will provide constipation and bloating relief.