Gluten and Canker Sores
I have to start off this post by saying that I’ve always been wary of the gluten hysteria. It seems like for the last 10 years or so since the general public became aware of gluten’s existence, people have been blaming gluten sensitivity for everything under the sun. Suddenly everything can be cured by cutting gluten out of your diet.
It doesn’t help that food companies have jumped in to meet the demand of a populace desperate for everything to be gluten-free. Just the fact that there are “gluten-free” products on the shelf puts a seed in your mind that there must be something bad about it. And you see it everywhere you go now. Gluten-free bread, gluten-free pasta, gluten-free crackers… I’m pretty sure I saw a sign for gluten-free gasoline the other day.
Having said all that, gluten sensitivity is a real thing, just like lactose intolerance. And if you’re prone to canker sores, anything that upsets your immune system is likely to bring them on. Not to mention that people who are most sensitive to gluten – those with Celiac Disease – have much higher instances of canker sores.
So is there a connection between gluten and canker sores? I stumbled onto a great little video from Dr. Vikki Petersen where she discusses the link between gluten and canker sores, as well as makes some other great points I’ll comment on after the jump.
One of the things that stood out to me from this is the thought that the mouth is opening of the digestive tract, and the way that digestive issues can have an effect in our mouths. The thought of getting stomach acid tests done was something that had never really occurred to me. I’d also be interested in how many people out there with canker sores would have food sensitivities. It’s something worth checking on.
Also, the PH level issue was one that was new to me. She says that you want your body to be less acidic and more alkaline, which you can test by urinating on PH strips. Also interestingly, the foods that help bring you to an alkaline state are the foods we normally associate with being acidic, like oranges and other citrus fruits.
Of course, my advice to anyone who gets canker sores is rinse very well after eating citrus.
Anyway, this is some new information to me, so I may try to test some of this out and report back what I find.
Anybody else have any experience with gluten sensitivity and canker sores? Let me know!