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Well, maybe you do! I see so many people who clearly have a gluten intolerance, yet continue to thrash their bodies into an inflamed unhealthy state and then wonder why they feel like hell. Well, cutting-edge research now reveals that children born to mothers who have high levels of antigliadin (AGA) IgG antibodies have twice the risk of developing schizophrenia and delusional disorders. This remained true even after researchers accounted for factors (like mother’s age, gestational age, birth weight, and whether or not the birth was a C-section). This research further clarifies that genetics and environment aren’t necessarily the only factors that contribute – and provides more evidence for epigenetic effects on our own health and wellbeing, and that of our progeny.
It’s important to understand that general elevated IgG antibody levels can signify many different problems in the body. In general, they indicate an immune reaction. Specifically, these antibodies can reveal a response from an environmental irritant or pathogen. Although there are a variety of Ig (immunoglobulin) antibodies present in our bodies, IgG antibodies are the only ones that can cross the placenta; and thus, directly affect the fetus. And, in case you haven’t yet drawn the connection, AGA IgG antibodies (again, the antibodies that are specific to gluten) are elevated in those who are gluten intolerant if they still consume these inflammatory foods. Worse, these antibodies can remain elevated for up to two years after the discontinuation of gluten consumption.
If you suspect a gluten intolerance, I highly recommend that you stop consuming all gluten immediately and get in touch with an integrative healthcare provider in order to conduct the necessary testing to determine what is contributing to your health issues. Additionally, some people are completely unaware that they might have a gluten (or another!) intolerance. Again, hook up with an integrative healthcare provider to see if you are reacting to anything in your environment. This is especially true if you are planning to conceive anytime in the near future! Remember, dependent upon how high IgG levels are, they can stick around for quite some time. Lastly, it’s important to consider that inflammation in the body creates an environment for chronic illness (think cardiovascular disease – heart disease, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune disorders – rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Chron’s, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, obesity, et cetera). Thus, if you are hoping for a disease-free life (I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wanted to pass from this world due to old age, mind still intact, while sleeping in the comfort of my own home), it’s important to be mindful of how to stay well, and then put this knowledge into action.
In health and wellness,