Sign #7: Hormonal Imbalance
Aside from messing up your brain, bones, muscles, skin, digestive tract, and neurological system, gluten sensitivity can also hurt your endocrine system which is responsible for your hormones. Specifically, gluten puts stress on your adrenal glands which results in hormonal imbalance.
The adrenal glands are situated on top of your kidneys and are the ones responsible for a lot of your bodily actions. Mainly, they give you energy, keep your immune system strong, maintain your weight, control sleep quality, maintain a stable mood, keep various allergies at bay, help with hormonal imbalance, and more.
Also, since they are the stress-buffering glands in your body, they essentially help you cope with daily stress by producing hormones. In the event your adrenal glands get exhausted, your body systems will start to break down. They’ll stop functioning normally, causing them unable to repair themselves. This also causes your body to function slowly, leading to depression, fatigue, loss of libido, and more. Once you undergo chronic stress, your adrenal glands will start producing stress hormones in exchange for your sex hormones.
However, if you have gluten intolerance but continue eating foods that contain gluten, your adrenal glands will suffer from chronic stress due to ongoing intestinal inflammation. This can lead to chronic adrenal exhaustion which is a major factor in certain conditions like arthritis, depression, fatigue, fibromyalgia, and hormonal imbalance.
Unfortunately, while gluten sensitivity and the accompanying stress on the adrenal glands are a common occurrence, it is rarely diagnosed. Due to this, a lot of people suffer since they are not tested properly for this condition.
But why exactly are your adrenal glands affected if you continue consuming gluten while being gluten-sensitive?
The answer is because your adrenal glands are quite sensitive to unstable blood sugar. In case you’re wondering, stable blood sugar is derived from eating healthy, gluten-free food. If you’re gluten intolerant, gluten is poison. Therefore, regularly consuming gluten can create unstable blood sugar which in turn places a tremendous amount of stress on your adrenal glands.
Since your adrenal glands are responsible for a wide variety of bodily functions, simply removing gluten from your diet is not enough to restore their original function. They have to be “reset” using a dietary program to help restore their original health. This also explains why most gluten-sensitive individuals still suffer from the following symptoms:
- Joint pains and aches
- Frequent illness
- Sleeping issues
- Unexpected weight gain
As a result, even if you’re diagnosed with non-celiac gluten sensitivity and follow a gluten-free diet, you might continue suffering from symptoms brought about by adrenal stress if you can’t find a specialist who works in restoring your adrenal glands’ original health and function.