82013Jul

Why is brain fog and fatigue common with gluten intolerance?

Thinking manBrain fog and fatigue are extremely common in patients with celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Quite often, these symptoms persist even after the long-term compliance with gluten-free and other elimination diets.

The triggering mechanisms for the fatigue and brain fog can be divided in several categories:

  • Mechanisms related to subclinical adrenal insufficiency
  • Mechanisms related to intestinal dysbiosis (abnormal gut microorganisms) and yeast (Candida albicans) overgrowth
  • Mechanisms related to malabsorbtion of vitamin and minerals (for example, iron deficiency) and depletion of certain nutrients (for example, coenzyme Q10, creatine) contributing to normal functioning of mitochondria
  • Mechanisms related to abnormalities in urea cycle and ineffective elimination of ammonia from the bloodstream

The specific therapy of fatigue and brain fog depends on which mechanism you are experiencing.

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