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Could Your Unexplained Symptoms Be Gluten Intolerance?





Donna Gates - Body Ecology Founder

The Body Ecology Diet (BED) Column

......with Donna Gates












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Tuesday, December 29th, 2009:


Could Your Unexplained Symptoms Be Gluten Intolerance?



Is your gut giving you a hard time?

These all too common symptoms aren’t always simple stomachaches and pains. Many times they are indications of gluten intolerance and celiac disease.

If your diet is causing you pain, you’re not alone. The number of people affected by celiac disease has increased over the past 50 years, and is possibly four times more common today than it was in 1959

According to James Braly M.D. and Ron Hoggan M.A.’s new book, Dangerous Grains gluten intolerance is actually quite common. One in every 132 Americans has celiac disease, but even more staggering is that one in seven people have some form of gluten intolerance.1
That’s more than 14 percent of Americans!


What Is Gluten?

Gluten is a key ingredient in most Western diets. It’s a protein most commonly found in wheat, as well as barley, rye and spelt. It is also used in many processed foods as a binder or filler, meaning this culprit can be lurking anywhere.

If you suffer from celiac disease – an autoimmune disorder – you can’t enjoy a bowl of pasta without pain. Your immune system attacks the gluten, harming your small intestine, and makes it difficult for your body to absorb important nutrients. 2

Those who suffer from celiac disease, or a milder (but still troublesome) gluten intolerance, can develop a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Bowel movement changes
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Vomiting, especially among children

Discerning Between Gluten Disease and Other Digestive Illnesses

Scarily, many people are misdiagnosed, since symptoms tend to be similar to other different digestive illnesses.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) often exhibits similarities with stomach pains, constipation and/or diarrhea, but it doesn’t originate from any gluten related allergies. IBS is considered to be caused by a combination of eating irritating foods and too much stress.3

Conventional drugs can actually worsen digestion, so instead, how about focusing on natural alternatives for IBS, like following the Body Ecology Diet?

Candida can also be confused with celiac disease. Affecting 70% of the population, it has similar symptoms, including constipation or diarrhea, gas and bloating and intestinal pains.

If your gut health isn’t strong and you’re not absorbing nutrients efficiently, you’re at risk for developing stomach problems and sacrificing your immunity.

Left unmanaged, celiac disease can lead to osteoporosis, iron deficiency anemia and increase your risk of lymphoma. It can also weaken children’s bones and slow their growth.

It’s vital that you get properly diagnosed so that you can take the correct treatment route. But at Body Ecology, we believe all of these issues, whether candida, IBS, celiac or gluten intolerance all have one thing as a root cause: an imbalance of your inner ecosystem.


Managing Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance The Natural Way

An imbalanced inner ecosystem means that the microflora in your intestines is out of balance. In other words, we all should have the right mix of good guys (good bacteria and yeast) and bad guy in our system, but with 24/7 lifestyles and poor diets, most people have shifted the balance to too many bad guys. But you can change the course of your health!

Maintaining a healthy inner ecosystem is simple if you eat a healthy diet, like the Body Ecology system of health and healing. While Donna Gates created the Body Ecology program to help heal candida, decades of reports from Body Ecology followers have shown that a this gluten-free, casein-free, sugar-free and processed-food-free diet actually heals many other conditions as well! From IBS to celiac disease to cancer and MS, balancing your inner ecosystem helps to boost your immunity and restore your digestive health. 

If you are serious about eliminating the abdominal pain, bloating, gas and other symptoms that zap your energy and well being, you owe it to yourself to explore healing your inner ecosystem.

To learn more about healing your digestion and immunity naturally, read:


  1. The Ideal Diet for those with Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity
  2. "Gluten" and "Gluten-Free" - What These Terms REALLY Mean and the Essentials You Need to Know

If we had to recommend just ONE step that would help the most, it would be to incorporate fermented foods and drinks into your diet. A cornerstone of the Body Ecology system, fermented foods and drinks are full of the best and most natural form of probiotics (the good guys) that can help balance your inner ecosystem.

Tired of gas, abdominal pain and bloating? If you have celiac disease, gluten intolerance or gluten fact, if you have any signs of digestive upset, you can help your body heal itself with probiotic liquids. A great way to repopulate your intestines with grain-loving (and therefore, grain-digesting) bacteria is by sipping just 2 oz. of Whole Grain Biotic a couple of times per day. Try Whole Grain Biotic for yourself and give your body the gift of better health today!

In fact, Donna Gates recommends that drinking probiotic liquids, like Whole Grain Biotic can actually help build your inner ecosystem with grain-loving bacteria that most people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance are sorely missing. To learn more, read: Gluten-Sensitive? Celiac Disease? Here's Why You Definitely SHOULD Consider Eating these Fermented Grains.

The good news is, your body was designed to heal itself, and so even though the medical mainstream may lead you to believe that once you have something, you must struggle with it forever, there is another way. Taking just one step toward rebuilding your digestive health each day, each week, each month or each year can contribute to restoring your health for a lifetime.




[i] “Gluten-Free: Is It for Me?”

[ii] “Celiac Disease-Topic Overview,”

[iii] “Irritable bowel syndrome,”







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