Okay, so celiac disease is an autoimmune condition and leaky gut (which can be triggered or worsened by gluten) causes a whole host of problematic immune responses. Autoimmune conditions include asthma, allergies, Hashimoto's thyroiditis (which might also be playing havoc with your weight), rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

To me, there is one simple conclusion: if you have an autoimmune condition of any kind, the first thing you should do is yank the gluten. It needs to go. I am always amazed at how much we can do to address autoimmunity through nutrition and how little awareness the medical community has of that fact. Too often, practitioners will greet problematic test results with the suggestion to watch closely and see what happens rather than making proactive suggestions about dropping foods that may raise the risk of autoimmunity.

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