Gut Health

What Is Gluten… and Why Can It Be So Destructive?

Gluten is everywhere. In obvious foods like macaroni and bread, and hidden in surprising places like pickles, licorice, and wine coolers.

For many people, gluten surprises can completely upend a healthy digestion. And because gluten is resistant to the enzymes in your digestive tract, it doesn’t get fully broken down and neutralized the way other proteins do. When those bigger pieces of protein circulate, they can do a surprising amount of damage – even if you don’t feel it right away.

So to make sure gluten doesn’t get the better of you, you’ll want to help your body break it down into more harmless bits. And that takes some specialized support.

But first – Have you ever wondered…

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Why Does Your Body Hate Gluten?

Gluten is a mix of 2 main proteins – gliadin and glutenin – found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley. (1) And while most people consume gluten regularly, the truth is that absolutely no one can fully digest gluten. (2) Here’s why that’s an issue:

Because your digestive systems cannot break down gluten completely, the best it can hope to do is break it down into smaller pieces called “peptides.” And even though the peptide pieces are smaller, your body treats them like threats. That’s because these peptides are resistant to your natural digestive enzymes, so they linger in this undigested form, triggering a response from your immune system.

That’s how gluten peptides can cause physical reactions, especially if you’re one of the millions of people with some level of gluten sensitivity. (3)  Some experts think it affects nearly 20 million people in just the U.S., but most of them don’t know it.

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Your Symptoms May Be Gluten-Related

Many people think that gluten-related symptoms are confined to digestive struggles... And sure, gluten can negatively impact the gut and cause gastrointestinal (GI) distress – diarrhea, bloating, foul-smelling gas, abdominal pain. But because gluten can trigger both your immune system and your inflammatory response, gluten symptoms can be felt ANYWHERE in your body.

Surprising symptoms often caused by gluten can include:

  • brain fog (4)
  • skin rashes (5)
  • joint pain (6)
  • migraines (7)
  • anxiety and depression (8)
  • hair loss (9)
  • extreme fatigue (10)
  • muscle aches (11)

If you’ve been having symptoms that don’t seem to trace back to anything, gluten could be the trigger. 

Unfortunately,  there’s no simple way to diagnose gluten sensitivity. The only way to know is to completely remove gluten from your diet for 4 weeks. If you feel better, if your symptoms subside or disappear, you’re gluten sensitive. And to confirm that, try eating some gluten after that no-gluten period to see whether any symptoms come back. (Spoiler alert: They probably will.) 

You Can’t Completely Avoid Gluten

Going gluten free sounds easy. Just avoid cake, cookies, pasta, pizza, and everything made of wheat – right?

Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Gluten shows up in dozens of unexpected places, foods you’d never suspect. Here are just a few shocking gluten sources (there are many more):

  • Jellybeans
  • Ketchup
  • Salad dressing
  • Soy sauce
  • Pickles
  • Wine coolers
  • Licorice
  • Meat substitutes
  • Medications (the fillers or the coatings)

What’s more, even foods labeled as gluten-free may not really be. (12) Research shows that 32% of restaurant foods with gluten-free labels contained gluten. (13) The worst of the bunch: “gluten-free” pizzas, with 53% - more than half! – containing gluten.

Seems ridiculously difficult to totally avoid gluten and the harm it can cause. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to protect yourself.

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Neutralize Gluten When You Can’t Avoid It

Gluten’s harm comes from its resistance to being broken down fully during digestion. The solution: Give your digestive system an edge with 3 teams of gluten neutralizers.

Team 1: Targeted enzymes, specifically Tolerase G and DPP-IV, are designed to break down gluten into harmless amino acids. (14) These two enzymes act like gluten scissors, cutting the large proteins into tinier, more manageable pieces so your body can process them more easily. 

Team 2: Protective probiotics such as Bacillus subtilis HU58™, Bacillus coagulans, and Saccharomyces boulardii that help your gut deal with gluten…

  • Bacillus subtilis HU58™creates healing compounds called short chain fatty acids (15) that can help your body right itself after a gluten intrusion. Plus it supports balanced immune responses, which can minimize the gluten effect on your immune system. (16)
  • Bacillus coagulans helps break down gluten proteins (17) so your body can have an easier time processing them. It also works quickly to support gastrointestinal (GI) comfort by encouraging the growth and activity of a wide variety of probiotic bacteria. (18)
  • Saccharomyces boulardii  helps dissolve gliadin proteins, (19) soothe occasional GI discomfort, (20) and boost nutrient absorption. (21) 

Team 3: A compound called Betaine HCl works to increase production of stomach acid which can  help weaken gluten for easier digestion. Additionally, Betaine HCI assists with nutrient absorption, which gluten can interfere with. (22) 

With this natural support system, your body will be better able to handle gluten… especially the gluten you didn’t mean to eat.

Tame Gluten Fears with Gluten Away

Gluten Away helps your body deal with accidental gluten effectively so you can eat without fear. And since gluten is everywhere, that fear is real. This supportive formula helps break down accidental gluten so you can enjoy continued GI comfort and complete nutrient absorption. 

Gluten Away contains:

  • Gluten-processing enzymes Tolerase G and DPP-IV
  • Gut-friendly probiotics Bacillus subtilis HU58™, Bacillus coagulans, and Saccharomyces boulardii
  • Digestive acid booster Betaine HCl

With Gluten Away by your side, gluten will fear you, and you can enjoy your favorite meals with confidence that accidental gluten won’t get the better of you.

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