Gluten intolerance an underlying factor in infertility
Scientific studies have proven that eating wheat-gluten adversely effects women’s fertility and overall health, by impairing the body’s ability to absorb important nutrients needed to maintain normal hormonal regulation.
Gluten consumption creates nutritional deficiencies due to the malabsorption of food. Eating foods containing gluten also creates inflammation in the body. Dr William Davis, the best selling author of Wheat Belly (2011), states that one meal with gluten, will create inflammation in the body that will last for three months. So four separate meals containing gluten, will leave an individual with chronic inflammation for a year. This triggers “alarm bells” in a woman’s body, alerting it that her body is not at it’s optimal state to conceive. Hence, the woman can be left wondering why she has difficulty conceiving and if she is infertile.
” Men who have a severe gluten intolerance,
can inadvertently impair the quality
and count of sperm production.”
Gluten intolerance double dangerous
People are often unaware that eating bread, can temporarily increase the blood sugar levels, which affect the regulation of insulin needed for a body. This is why individuals, who eat foods containing gluten become sluggish and fatigued after eating bread, pastries or pasta. Dr. Antonio Gasbarrini and colleagues, in their study, showed the positive correlation between coeliac disease and miscarriage. This finding in particular can be very surprising. Woman, who have endometriosis have a heightened chance of being gluten intolerant or being diagnosed with coeliac disease.
There is a high number of anecdotal reports of women who crave large amounts of bread and other wheat products, such as pasta and cakes, mostly around the time that they have PMS (PreMenstrual Syndrome), when the side effects of their wheat-gluten consumption manifest more aggressively. Elimination of not only gluten from their diet but also grains due to gluten related cross-reaction will prevent further inflammation, fatigue and bloating in their body. This advice is strongly recommended whether or not they want to fall pregnant to have overall optimal health.
The majority of discussion is usually regarding the side effects of eating wheat-gluten on women and their fertility. A study published in Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research by Khoshbaten and colleagues have also demonstrated that men, who have a severe gluten intolerance, can inadvertently impair the quality and count of sperm production. Healthy sperm production is required to increase conception and to decrease the chances of having defective male fertility.
Once gluten is eliminated the body is able to absorb fertility enhancing foods such as vitamin B6 and zinc their fertility and health will improve dramatically.
The topic of gluten intolerance and coeliac disease in relation to women’s health and fertility overall is becoming more prominent as people, especially the health-medical professionals bring this valuable information to light for their clients and the general community to increase awareness of this important health issue. Cutting out gluten from the Western diet in particular can seem very difficult.
It is not uncommon for the average couple trying to conceive, reporting that their daily dietary recall, consists of several slices of toast or oats in the morning, a muffin for morning tea, a sandwich for lunch and pasta for dinner. Not surprisingly they express feeling unwell, bloated and fatigued.
Once gluten is eliminated out of their diet and they incorporate fertility enhancing foods, such as an increase in vitamin B6 and zinc containing foods, their fertility and overall health improve dramatically, enabling them to fall pregnant. The first step is always to remove all the toxins from the body and replenish it with wholesome, fresh, fertility foods.
If you suspect that you’re gluten intolerant or have coeliac disease, please don’t delay getting tested and seek professional treatment for one of the underlying causes of your (female or male) infertility and women’s health issues.