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MUST KNOW for Gluten Sensitive People!

Can't I have just one bite?!

You eat a piece of cake even though you know that you have gluten sensitivity, gut dysbiosis, or systemic inflammation. You rationalize: it's one piece. But shortly afterward, your belly swells. Maybe hours later you experience a cramping sensation, painful diarrhea, or constipation. Or maybe that old back injury flares up, or your autoimmunity goes haywire.

Your body's reaction to eating something bad may be longer than you think.

Stop! Before you reach for that slice of bread, remember that even a small portion of gluten can cause chronic inflammation in your body for up to six months if you are gluten-sensitive.

Each of these responses indicates inflammation. And each of these symptoms is more significant to your overall health than you may realize. If there is pain anywhere in the body, such as joint pain or an exacerbation of a pre-existing autoimmune condition, you know that the food-induced inflammation originating in the gut is systemic. If you experience fatigue or brain fog after eating a piece of cake, you know the inflammation is systemic and that your blood-brain barrier (BBB) is likely compromised.

After a couple days or maybe a couple weeks, the outward manifestations of the cake you ingested have disappeared. You mega-dose probiotics to try to create balance. Everything seems like it is back to normal. Well, guess what?

Studies have shown that the smallest amount of gluten, say a cracker the size of 1/8 of your thumbnail, will have a prolonged inflammatory effect in the body for up to 6 months after ingestion if you are gluten sensitive. (1)

That's right: A cracker 1/8 the size of your thumbnail can wreak inflammatory havoc in your body for 6 months. This is an extreme ratio and more relevant than you may think.

Studies show there is no in-between when you are on a gluten-free diet.

If you pick an occasional crouton from your spouse's salad or ingest hidden gluten in certain processed foods, you are not gluten-free, and you have just excited your immune system for another 6 months. If you have "pretty much" been gluten-free for several months and wonder why you still have symptoms, this may be why.

It doesn't have to be cake. Maybe it's a glass of wine at a dinner party with friends. Maybe it is some other food that your body reacts to, similar to gluten. Any food that elicits an inflammatory response from the body needs to be on your list of foods to avoid.

Why Gluten Sensitive People MUST AVOID COFFEE:

Studies have actually shown that coffee is one of the most cross-reactive foods in gluten sensitive individuals. (2) This means that coffee not only triggers the same extended inflammation and autoimmune response as glutinous grains but actually has more deleterious effects. While coffee is acidic, affects your stomach pH, and leaches minerals from bones, it also triggers excess stress hormones to be released, increasing the inflammation. You will know inflammation by signs of heat, swelling, redness, and pain.

While the findings may be disheartening to those who find themselves eating things that may not support their constitution, they do help people understand the seriousness of gluten-sensitivity and the importance of experimenting with gluten-free recipes. There are many delicious Body Ecology recipes, so you can finally have your cake and digest it too!


The latest research shows that the smallest amount of gluten can trigger inflammation and autoimmune reactions lasting for up to six months in gluten sensitive individuals. Coffee has also been found to be the most harmful food for those with gluten intolerance.


  1. O'Bryan, Thomas. Blog Talk Radio Interview with Sean Croxton, Underground Wellness. Jul 07 2010.
  2. yrex Laboratories. "Array 4: Gluten-Associated Cross-Reactive Foods." .

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  • Chad

    Could coffee CAUSE gluten sensitivity? I never had problems really, started drinking coffee everyday and had urgent diarrhea. I kept drinking it for awhile (stupid on my part) and when I finally did stop, I'm sensitive to a lot of foods. Can't have dairy now, alcohol bothers me like it never used to, and so on. Everyday now my stomach bothers me, so I'm thinking of trying glutem free.

  • lu weiss

    are all your recipies gluten free? my wholistic dr. says the reason i feel so bad is because i do not make acid so i am taking 2 homeopathic remedies from germany. during night i get very nauseated (feels like someone is punching me in throad and esopogeal area. it is lasting a little less time but, still, in night and am feel like i want to die till it dissapates. mmy quesstion is, can i take your protocol while taking medicine?

  • Lucy

    The thing about coffee explains a fair bit!

    Carol: I'm veggie and GF! There is plenty out there if you look hard enough. Since going GF I have developed the most enourmous apetitie (bear in mind I also train about 8+hrs a week)!
    Breakfast: GF Cereal or to save a bit of money Toast (Best recipe so far:
    Mid Morning Snack: Banana...and probably an apple...and maybe an eat natural bar.
    Lunch: Rice with veg (often from the Tilda packet rice range for speed) or jacket potato with beans, yoghurt, GF wafer bar, another bit of fruit
    Mid Afternoon: Rice cakes with humous.
    Evening meal: Many options... Quinoa, lentils, Rice, Rice Noodles, Potato. A few examples include veggie shepherds pie using soya mince (I think some have problems with soya too but I'm ok), Homemade GF pizza, Stir fry, quinoa burgers (

    For GF Pizza Base I adapted a naan bread recipe my freind told me. Don't deal in quantities but its a combination of GF flour (trial and error it to fit your baking tray), natural/greek yoghurt to bind most of the flour, a dash of olive oil and then water until it forms a dough.

    Hope this helps!

  • Kathy

    Is it coffee itself that is bad for gluten senitive people or is it the caffeine?

  • Jessica

    I am gluten sensitive, but not celiac. I was not totally surprised to hear about coffee since my body rejected it frequently by triggering my hypoglycemia symptoms. My question is whether I could still do coffee enemas? or would they have the same effect against gluten sensitivity or hypoglycemia???

  • rene

    I 've heard that other types of grains like rice,corn,millet and etc, also contain gluten but a less pernicious type.
    Based on your experience, would you also suggest that in order to follow an efficient gluten free diet, one must completely avoid all sorts of grain or have you seen poeple get results by only eliminating wheat ,rye and other common known sources of gluten?
    Thanks :)

  • Isabelle

    I have been of flour products for up to a few weeks or longer. When I ate again bread it felt so heavy in my tummy, it felt so bad, like wheat is not meant for human consumption. But I am not sure if this means I am gluten intolerant... What are otehr signs?
    to Carol: Carol, BED is a perfect menu... I realized I needed more protein than I was getting and since I eat more protein I feel somehow better, stronger. I don't eat so much grains

  • Carol

    I am shocked!! I have gluten sensitivity. This is the first to hear that coffee is not good for me. I am also meat glue sensivity also and sulfite (in wine) . It is hard to have a menu that would be good for me. Can use suggest a menu that would be healthy and give me enough to eat each day? I would be so happy!

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