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The Connection Between Gluten Intolerance and Low Platelets
by Jaime A. Heidel
Best Years in Life)
If you've been diagnosed with
thrombocytopenia or idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), gluten
intolerance may be the cause of your low platelet count. In serious cases,
your doctor may advise a splenectomy (removal of your spleen). Before going
under the knife for this autoimmune disease, test yourself for gluten
What Are the Symptoms of
The most common symptoms are:
· Chronic abdominal pain, especially within an hour or two of eating
· Chronic diarrhea
· Gurgling intestines
· Frequent yeast infections
· Excessive flatulence
· Chronic sinusitis
· Depression and anxiety
· Brain fog and/or learning difficulties
· Characteristics of autism
How Could Gluten Intolerance Affect My
This food intolerance can also trigger a condition called leaky gut syndrome. In you have leaky gut syndrome, the lining of your gut is more porous than it's supposed to be, which allows undigested food particles, bacteria, yeast, toxins, and other "waste" products to leak into your bloodstream.
This can increase your vulnerability to a variety of autoimmune diseases, including ITP.
What Are My Options?
For one month, eliminate all sources of gluten from your diet. Organic meat, poultry, and wild-caught fish are naturally gluten free. As are all fresh fruits and vegetables. In the past five years, there has been a large rise in the availability of gluten-free products including gluten-free bread, pasta, snacks, condiments, and much more.
While you're on the diet, be sure these
foods have "gluten free" on the label.
If symptoms return, completely remove gluten from your diet and consult with a nutritionist or naturopathic physician who can further guide you in following a gluten-free lifestyle.
Also, continue to have your blood tested
regularly. Your platelet counts may not go up right away but, over time, you
and your doctor should see an improvement.
Note: Not every product with a gluten-free label healthy for you. There's still plenty of junk in those foods too. For optimum health, make whole and minimally-processed foods the bulk of your diet.
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