What is the link between gluten intolerance and hormones?
"Gluten intolerance has many secondary effects, including adrenal fatigue," said Dr. Vikki Petersen, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, author of the groundbreaking book The Gluten Effect and co-founder of HealthNOW Medical Center. "The adrenals are responsible for maintaining a proper balance between DHEA, estrogen, testosterone and progesterone, which prevents conditions such as PMS and infertility. But these hormones are also responsible for a number of other, more basic, functions like regulating blood pressure and blood glucose levels and preventing dehydration."
"When the adrenals are fatigued, as they often are when one is gluten intolerant, they can't function fully and optimally. They have to choose between producing sex hormones or just keeping the body up and running," she said.
Invariably, the functions that relate to basic survival are the priority and the production or regulation of the sex hormones suffers.
According to Dr. Petersen, the results can include such common conditions as:
- heavy bleeding
- menstrual irregularity
- polycystic ovaries
- fibrocystic breasts
For more information on gluten intolerance, visit the HealthNow Medical Center's website here.