Being deficient in Vitamin D is a serious problem for someone with gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. Vitamin D deficiency can lead an increase the amount of inflammation in the body.
Orland Park, IL (PRWEB) January 28, 2014
Vitamin D is a crucial component of not only healthy bones, but is also a protector against cancer, diabetes, healthy brain function and a strong immune system booster. Adequate levels of Vitamin D are essential in individuals who are gluten sensitive and those who have autoimmune conditions, such as celiac disease and rheumatoid arthritis.
“Being deficient in Vitamin D is a serious problem for someone with gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. Vitamin D deficiency can lead an increase the amount of inflammation in the body,” began Barbara Griffin, NMD, CNC, Certified Gluten Practitioner and owner of New Vitality Health Foods, Inc.
“Because of the critical role Vitamin D plays in all autoimmune conditions, I wanted to expand the ProVitality supplement line to include Vitamin D3,” concluded Dr. Griffin.
Vitamin D’s Role in Restoring a Healthy Gut:
Vitamin D deficiency is further exacerbated by malabsorption, which is very common among those who have gluten sensitivity. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. Conditions like gluten intolerance and celiac disease creates malabsorption of nutrients. The villi, which are the finger like projections that line the small intestine, help to absorb fat. These villi are frequently eroded with celiac disease and fat absorption is thereby compromised. Eliminating gluten, while a critical first step, is typically insufficient to restore normal function to the small intestine and thereby the total health of the body. Frequently, an individual has an intestinal infection, poor balance of good bacteria, or some other inflammatory factor that is preventing healing. In order to ensure the proper amount of Vitamin D is being consumed, it is best to get a Vitamin D blood level test to check serum levels. Follow-up in a few months to ensure that what you’re taking is working. Finally, work with a clinician who utilizes clinical nutrition or naturopathy so that they have the tools to assess if the small intestine is healing properly.
Vitamin D’s Role In Preventing “Leaky Gut”
Research has proven that Vitamin D deficiency leads to a comprised mucosal barrier in the intestines, which in turn leads to intestinal dysbiosis “leaky gut”. Vitamin D is needed to close the epithelial lining tight junctions in the mucosal barrier in order for the immune system to function well, along with a good probiotics. If the mucosal junctions are not tight, molecules can cross through the barrier and move into the blood stream. This sets up the inflammatory reaction in the body.
How Vitamin D Can Calm The Body’s Enemy, Inflammation
Vitamin D plays a critical role in modulating the immune system and down-regulating inflammation. Inflammation is caused when there is an injury or foreign hazard on or in the body. With the exception of water, everything a person eats has an inflammatory or anti-inflammatory effect on the body. The immune system relies heavily on Vitamin D to help calm inflammation by regulating T cells and cytokines.
Dr. Griffin remarked, “When someone has celiac disease they are up against two battles intestinal permeability and inflammation. Vitamin D can help reverse the harmful effects both have on the body. In addition to adhering to a gluten-free diet, taking proper nutritional supplements, eating a healthy diet that is low sugary foods is critical.”
Dr. Griffin recommends consulting your physician before starting any supplement regime.
About New Vitality Health Foods, Inc.:
Established in 1988, New Vitality Health Foods, Inc. provides Chicagolands’ largest selection of allergy-free foods that have met their high standards for taste, quality, and nutrition. New allergy-free foods are introduced weekly. They also carry frozen foods, vitamins, herbs, homeopathic, aromatherapy, body care, pet care, household items and much more. New Vitality features only the highest quality, effective nutritional supplements to support their customers’ total health. New Vitality Health Foods, Inc. is located at 9177 West 151st Street, Orland Park, Il 60462 (708) 403-0120 http://www.newvitalityhealthfoods.com.