Unrecognized gluten sensitivity

Unrecognized gluten sensitivity has been associated with a wide variety of health problems, including thyroid disease. 

You don’t have to have celiac disease to be sensitive to gluten.  You may not even indicate that you have a problem with gluten, like acute abdominal symptoms such as bloating, gas, or even diarrhea.  

Dr. Terry Wahls, the author of The Wahls Protocol, wrote that the symptoms may be insidious, coming on gradually and even manifesting in a wide variety of symptoms, such as unexplained fatigue, unexplained rashes that come and go, headaches and mood problems.  

Should you go gluten-free?

If you have an autoimmune thyroid condition, like Hashimoto’s or Grave’s, then I recommend you go gluten-free.  Most likely for the rest of your life.  

If you suspect you do have a gluten sensitivity, speak with your doctor about doing a food allergy test.  Even better, remove gluten from your diet for at least 30 days (the longer, the better), and then reintroduce it and note if you have any symptoms. 


Adele du Rand

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