Watch out for Hidden Gluten!
It seems gluten can really cause problems for many with endometriosis and make symptoms worse - and gluten can be hidden is surprising places
To heal your gut and help to reduce you symptoms of endometriosis, then omitting gluten from your diet is highly recommended. Gluten causes inflammation which in turn will increase your levels of pain. So to keep your inflammation down cutting out gluten all together is a sensible option, along with adding in foods that actually help to reduce inflammation which you can read about here.
However you need to be careful as there are lots of hidden sources of gluten, some of which may not seem so obvious.
Some of the sources of hidden gluten include:
Here is a list of alternative ingredients for the endometriosis diet including advice about alternative grains you can use for wheat here
You can also find out about whole-grains in your diet and which ones are gluten free here
Surprising places for hidden gluten!
You have to be really careful because some products may contain gluten which are not so obvious.
* Fortunately, many supplement providers include details on their product labels listing any allergy problem ingredients including gluten
The following ingredients can also contain gluten:
There have been two studies which show the benefits of avoiding gluten, even for those with significant pelvic pain from deep infiltrating endometriosis, with a reduction in symptoms. (1)
Read Your Labels for Gluten!
To make sure you are not accidentally ingesting gluten, be sure to read the label on all your food products before purchasing.
Look for the words “wheat, barley, rye and oats” to identify if a food contains gluten.
If in doubt about a food, go without it just to be sure!
Keeping those hidden sources of gluten out of your diet really will help with the symptoms of endometriosis, but you need to prudent.
Fortunately there are more and more manufacturers making lots of great gluten free alternatives for your diet and their products are clearly labelled as such, so you wont get caught out.
Just do your homework and read the labels!!
If you want to read more about gluten in connection to endometriosis read HERE
So why is it advised to remove gluten as well as dairy from your diet read HERE
(1) Marziali M, Capozzolo T. (2015) Role of gluten-free diet in the management of chronic pelvic pain of deep infiltrating endometriosis. J Minim Invasive Gynecol, 22(6S):S51–S52.
Marziali M, Venza M, Lazzaro S, Lazzaro A, Micossi C, Stolfi VM. (2012) Gluten-free diet: a new strategy for management of painful endometriosis related symptoms? Minerva Chir, 67(6):499–504.
About the Author
My name is Carolyn Levett, the Founder of endo-resolved - I am an Integrative Health Coach having studied nutrition, naturopathy, aromatherapy as well as being a published author. I used to suffer from severe endometriosis and was able to regained my health and heal from the disease with the support of nutrition and natural therapies.
My motivation is to help other women with endometriosis to heal their bodies so they may overcome this awful disease without having to rely on toxic drugs and surgeries which can cause further damage - with healing thoughts, Carolyn.