Can gluten challenge our liver?
As a start, the short answer is that gluten can cause liver damage. Previously I already talked about certain autoimmune diseases in my blog, you can take a short look at it here.
How exactly gluten and liver disease works? How is it possible to reverse the negative effects?
MECHANISMS THAT LEAD TO LIVER DAMAGE:
1. Nutritional Deficiency- Certain nutrients are very important for the liver. If a person is gluten sensitive, it means that he or she also has a nutritional deficit caused by gluten. It makes it hard or almost impossible to naturally absorbing the necessary nutrients. Here supplements come in for this kind of cases to help. One of them is Balance Cellular Phytonutrient Protein that can give an additional contribution:
- Better antioxidant activity
- Support healthy oxidative stress markers
- Boost cellular metabolic activity
This particular supplement is gluten-free and soy-free. That means that many vegetarians and vegans might benefit from this supplement if after testing certain nutrients are deficient.
A big nutritional deficit is in case of B12. It helps to produce choline. There is also a supplement, Balance B12 that can help to achieve a balanced level of B12 that is important. Vitamin B producing choline also helps to prevent fatty liver buildup.
2. Autoimmune Response– A lot of research shows that gluten is one of the main contributors to celiac hepatitis and other autoimmune diseases. One of the myths that people have is that if they have the certain autoimmune disease and other health problems like celiac disease and liver cysts, is that they cannot do anything about it, as it is too late. However, a person shouldn’t forget that the liver is an organ that can regenerate/heal itself the fastest. Also, the gut is similar. You can read more about certain gut problems here. The mainstream route with immune-suppressing medications or steroid use. This treatment leads to the suppression of certain symptoms and can damage the liver even more in the long run.
3. Inflammatory Damage- This problem can lead to toxic buildup. It happens after the damage is there. Some might have chronic inflammation (read about it here). Gluten can damage different parts of the body. For some people, gluten sensitivity causes damage in the intestines, and the diagnosis is celiac disease. People who have damage in the skin experience dermatitis, vitiligo, eczema, and others. Of course, not in all cases, it is due to gluten, but it is worth to test that possibility.
The body can adapt and heal to a certain level. The rest is up to the right testing, diagnosis, and a person’s willingness to change the diet, physical activities, stress-causing factors, and others. Nobody has to live with liver disease or other gluten-caused problems for the rest of their lives.