Really…? Does Gluten Cause Joint and Arthritis Pain?
Can A Gluten-Free Diet Help Eliminate Joint and Arthritic Pain?
Joint – arthritis pain is very common, and people all around the world, irrespective of culture, suffer from it, some more, some less..
Inflammation Is The Culprit
What is the cause of joint / arthritic pains? The simple, honest answer is inflammation. Something has caused the inflammation which gives the nagging, aching pain which just doesn’t go away. However, the causes of this inflammation are numerous: what may cause inflammatory joint pain for one person may not affect another, and vice versa. Everyone is different.
Pain may appear in any one, or more, of the following areas:
- And more…
When you visit your (Western-trained) doctor because of the pain, he will tell you that it is the normal wear-and-tear of time and of aging, or that your cartilage has broken down. He’ll most probably prescribe you NSAID painkillers: Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen and so on and so forth.
Well and good. Yes, the painkillers can help you get through the worse of the pain, and the anti-inflammatory action will dampen a bit of the throbbing fire – for a while. But they DO NOT remove the cause of your problem. You’re still saddled with the pain everytime the problem flares up.
It’s very much like having a hole in your roof in your house: everytime it rains, you use buckets to collect the rain water leaking in. Problem solved ~ yes, but only for THIS ONE TIME. And when next it rains, you need to scuttle around again with buckets to catch the yet-again rainwater dripping in from the leak in your roof.
Not so smart then, is it? Your leaking roof problem will be ongoing, and one rainy day another time, the roof may even cave in due to wear-and-tear, and you’ll have a deluge in your house!
So, the obvious and common sense solution is to… REPAIR YOUR ROOF! So rainwater will no longer leak in everytime it rains. The cause of your wet house is your leaking roof.
Likewise, with your joint and arthritic pains. If you don’t nip them in the bud, you’ll suffer more and more excruciating pain as time passes, and your bones start to deform and fuse together. So do your very utmost best NOW to find the cause of your problem.
Taking painkillers in the mean time to ease your suffering is very sensible, and even wise ~ the pain of arthritis can be soul-destroying because it can be unrelenting. But don’t rely on your painkillers in the long-term. Side effects of NSAIDs include heart attacks and kidney failure. Be warned. Find the cause of your joint / arthritis pain, and remove it.
Today, we explore gluten as one main causes of joint / arthritic pain. Many people have reported that their joint / arthritic pains having disappeared when they cleaned up their diet and removed the offending gluten from their diet.
What is gluten? What is Celiac Disease?
Gluten is a family of proteins found in certain, not all, grains including wheat, rye, spelt and barley. Wheat is by far the most commonly consumed grain worldwide. The two main proteins in gluten are glutenin and gliadin. Gliadin is responsible for most of the negative health effects, possibly inflammation of joints leading to joint-arthritic pain.
Gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity is the body’s inability to digest or break down the gluten protein in the grain containing it. This can range from mild gluten sensitivity to full-blown celiac disease.
Celiac disease is a severe autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten consumption which damages the small intestine. On the ingestion of gluten, this person experiences fatigue, abdominal pain and discomfort and pain in the joints and bones.
Will following a gluten-free diet ease arthritis? Is there a link between gluten and arthritis joint pain?
If you suffer from gluten sensitivity, but not from celiac disease, you may experience joint and bone pain. Abstaining from gluten and grain can help towards a reduction in these pains.***
Wheat is gluten-rich and highly inflammatory, and thus can contribute to arthritis – joint pain.
For certain people, a diet free from dairy, legumes and grains eliminated painful arthritic pain in their hands. Then, as an experiment, they found that adding back grains containing gluten made the pain return. Several years of a strict gluten-free diet, an occasional slice of gluten-rich bread did no harm.
A grain-free diet can lead to magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is vitally important for optimal cardiovascular/heart health. In such a case, step up your intake of magnesium-rich foods including sesame seeds, dark leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, chard), avocados, bananas and nuts and seeds, especially sesame seeds. You can also take a wholefoods magnesium supplement when you can’t get hold of real food.
When all is said and done, gluten may be a cause of arthritis and joint pain for certain people. Others may follow a gluten-free diet and still suffer from joint-arthritis pain. In such a case, the cause of your inflammatory pain is something else. So stay diligent and try to find out what the cause may be. Your wellbeing and even your very life itself may depend on it. You are worth that much, so go find out. NOW.
by Helen Chow, ND