Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. It helps bind foods.
Gluten sensitivity (non-Celiac gluten sensitivity or NCGS) can cause a lot of reactions including inflammation and hormonal imbalances. Chronic inflammation is linked to infertility, PCOS, endometriosis and some implantation issues.
Gluten sensitivity can hinder the absorption of some nutrients. It can also cause bloating, constipation, autoimmune or thyroid disorders. And psoriasis.
One study showed that unexplained infertility is more prevalent in women with gluten sensitivity.
Some surprising sources of gluten:
- Malt vinegar
- Soy sauce
- Oats (if the label doesn’t say gluten free)
If you’re trying to get pregnant, consider eliminating gluten and see how your body reacts and how you feel. Track it with a food and poop journal.
“I didn’t realize how bloated I was until I stopped eating gluten.” I hear that a lot.
“Not eating gluten was easier than I thought it would be.” I hear that a lot too.
With support and good resources, going gluten free doesn’t have to be a challenge.