Wheat, Inflammation, and Chronic Illness

There’s absolutely no doubt that we must be mindful of what we put into our bodies. The saying, “You are what you eat” is – quite literally – true. When it comes to wheat products, however, do we understand the effects that it has on the inner workings of our body? 

If you or a loved one have suffered from chronic illnesses related to inflammation (such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, or multiple sclerosis) then you will likely understand how your body can have a violent response to what seem to be innocuous and natural foods.  

Wheat is a natural food. So, what exactly is the problem?

What is the Link Between Wheat and Inflammation?

In an ideal world minus pollution, degenerative and genetically inherited illness, and toxic foods, a diet containing sensible amounts of wheat wouldn’t even merit a blog post. 

But, unfortunately, we do live in a contaminated system run by greedy corporates whose interests lie in share prices and not the health of the people they market their products to. This means that we need to be careful of what we eat and drink, and it’s entirely probable that we will have to remove some foods from our diets. 

As a grain, wheat falls into the carbohydrate food group. However, it also contains a few proteins which prove problematic to already compromised systems.  Gluten, Wheat Germ Agglutinin and Amylase Trypsin Inhibitors (ATIs) are the offenders on this list. 


We know that inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury. A simple paper cut will illustrate this. In much the same way, the abovementioned proteins promote an inflammatory response in our body – specifically our gut – when they are taken in. 

ATIs can promote an inflammatory immune response in the gut which increases intestinal permeability; basically, allowing both the good and the bad bits into the blood system via the intestinal tract. On its own, this is a problem but coupled with an intake of gluten this whole process is exacerbated.

The result is ongoing intestinal permeability allowing the free passage of toxins into our system and forcing our immune system into overdrive. Inflammation on a grand scale is the beginning of a host of chronic illnesses as mentioned at the beginning of this post. 

Should you avoid wheat? 

The answer to this depends very much on your overall health and the environment within your gut. A conversation with Dr Sanua, a holistic medical professional, will help you on your way to avoiding or at least managing inflammatory diseases. 





« back to Articles