There are two surefire ways I know when I’ve been glutened. One is that I’m ungodly tired. As in multiple naps, in bed at 7, can’t focus, tired. That is a post for another day.
The second way I know I’ve been glutened is when my emotional state is completely out of whack. I just spent two minutes losing it at my kids for ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. A full blown, out of control, no excuse, I’m a bad dad, temper tantrummy, scream-fest. Seriously, I’m such an ass.
So besides locking myself in my room when I’m feeling this way, what are my options and maybe even more to the point, what are the causes?
I’ve learned a few interesting things about gluten and the psychological state.
According to studies, “Gluten is highly addictive through the opioid peptides it contains and the excessive zonulin production it incites. Zonulin allows these opioids access to the bloodstream and the brain.”
So if I ingest gluten, it’s almost like an alcoholic taking a drink after being dry for five years. The body fights it in any way possible.
And another study showed that “Because gluten enteropathy is, in part, an immune system disorder originating in the wall of the small intestine, any amount of gluten…keeps the immune system activated, which in turn may result in “spreading” of symptoms. What began in the gut seems to move through the body, affecting lung function, the skin, and even the brain.”
So I got that going for me…which is nice.
So what does this all mean?? I’m not sure I can process it at the moment, but I do know that Celiac is not just a digestive disorder and there is a lot more going on inside of us Celiacs than we are even aware of.
But I also know that no matter what, I have got to keep my cool. Sorry girls :(