Gluten Intolerance and Interstitial Cystitis

by Irene
(Riverside, CA)

I have been dealing with interstitial cystitis for a year now. I started the Gluten Intolerance Diet in May. Do you believe that there may be a link?

If severe damage has been done to the small intestine how long do you think it would take to see improvement in regards to the IC.

Thank you for your help.

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Gluten and Interstitial Cystitis
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Irene,

I'm glad that you are being proactive about your condition and realizing that there is a likely cause to this that can be overcome. Good for you.

There is a thread going on this already, so I'll refer you to the Interstitial Cystitis and Gluten Sensitivity thread that's going on.

But as far as time is concerned, it's hard to say. If you've been 100% gluten free for 2 months now, you at least should be noticing SOME improvement. Although, do remember that IC is a problem with the mucosal lining of your bladder and 'Just' being gluten free may not be quite enough.

You may also have damage to the immune system in your digestive tract- which actually comprises about 60 to 70% of your entire immune system. It's one of the main reasons that gluten sensitivity can lead to recurrent infections. So, repopulating your gut with Good Bacteria is also extremely important.

I'd take an AGGRESSIVE approach to this by not only taking a high quality probiotic supplement such as Prescript Assist Probiotic, but also take a look at my page on the Benefits of Sauerkraut to see how cultured foods can really be an important part of repopulating your bowels.

You may also have intestinal pathogens or Intestinal Candida that has settled into your damaged intestines as well. So, often it's not JUST a problem of healing your intestines, but repairing your entire system.

Hope that didn't sound discouraging!? But some people have really quick remarkable results and some people take a long time. But if you continue to do the right things, you'll have long term change of the conditions that caused you to get IC in the first place. So keep plugging along and you'll eventually get results...

Kerri Knox, RN

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