How Gluten Causes Depression Anxiety

How Gluten Causes Depression Anxiety

Gluten causes depression anxiety. If you have depression anxiety, you should eliminate gluten from your diet, to achieve recovery.  This article explains what is gluten and how gluten causes depression anxiety.

What Is Gluten?

Gluten is a composite protein, gliadin and glutenin, which is conjoined with starch in wheat related grasses.  Gluten makes dough elastic, helps it rise, and gives breads and pastas their chewy texture.

Gluten is found in all wheat related products, bread, cakes, cookies, bagels, cereal, pasta, beer, even soy sauce, ice cream, and ketchup have gluten added to them.  Corn and rice, although technically not gluten products, have similar proteins and should also be eliminated or restricted on the Depression Anxiety Diet.

New: Study confirms link between gluten and depression anxiety. Listen to the lead researcher discuss their findings below.


New: Researchers have tied glyphosate, the active ingredient found in Monsanto’s Roundup, which is applied to wheat and other crops, as the cause in the rise of gluten intolerance, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, depression and other conditions. Report.

New: Study has found that women who eat more pasta have up to a 41% higher rate of depression.  Learn More: How Pasta Causes Depression Anxiety

New: Report links pain relief medications such as ibuprofen and other NSAID’s to leaky gut, gluten intolerance, and depression. Report.

New: Study finds that carbohydrates (sugars) found in gluten products, and not the gluten protein itself, may be responsible for irritable bowel syndrome and conditions. Report.

How Gluten Causes Depression Anxiety

Although allergy to gluten, and allergies in general can cause depression anxiety, allergy to gluten is not how gluten causes depression anxiety, or the many other gluten related autoimmune conditions, for most individuals. An immediate and direct allergy to gluten is rare, affecting only 1% of the population, and usually found in individuals with celiac disease.

Learn More:  How Allergies Cause Depression Anxiety

How gluten causes depression anxiety is by producing inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, triggering an autoimmune response to the gluten protein which releases cytokines, which then enter the brain and produce inflammation in the brain, leading to depression anxiety.

Learn More: Gut Brain Connection and Depression Anxiety

Gluten causes gut inflammation in at least 80% of the population and another 30% of the population develops antibodies against gluten proteins in the gut. Furthermore, 99% of the population has the genetic potential to develop antibodies against gluten.  Report.

This gluten autoimmune cytokine response can affect other organs besides the brain, including joints, lungs, kidneys, pancreas, heart, and more.  Which is why gluten is associated with a whole host of conditions including, asthma, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and brain related autism, alzheimers and depression anxiety.

New:  Dr. David Perlmutter has published a new book titled “Grain Brain” which ties gluten, sugar, and lactose to Alzheimer’s and depression. More.

Breads and pastas, which contain gluten, also contain a lot of sugar, which can cause inflammation and depression anxiety.  Gluten wheat, rice and corn, also cause depression anxiety by feeding harmful bacteria such as H. Pylori, which crowds out good probiotic bacteria necessary for vitamin absorption and gut health.

Learn More:  How Sugar Causes Depression Anxiety

There is no scientific doubt that gluten can cause depression anxiety.  A study done over 60 years ago, found that rates of schizophrenia during World War II went down, as wheat was rationed in the general population.  Report.

A 1984 study found only 2 cases of schizophrenia, out of a population of 65,000 pre-Westernized South Pacific residents who did not consume wheat products, and once westernized with a wheat diet saw their rates climb to western levels.

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Gluten is not the only cause of depression anxiety, many different things from antibiotics, alcohol, stress, GMO food, sugar, pollution, and more can damage your gut and/or create cytokines which produce brain inflammation and depression anxiety.

Learn More:  What Causes Depression Anxiety

However, once your gut is damaged from gluten or one of the other many causes of depression anxiety, gluten will continue to enter your bloodstream and invoke an autoimmune response producing depression anxiety.

How to Eliminate Gluten from Your Diet

Eliminating gluten from your diet is not easy.  For the past 10,000 years, even before the ancient Egyptians, Mediterranean and Western civilization has depended on wheat containing gluten as a main source of food and cheap energy to fuel the body.  Asian civilization has depended gluten related starchy rice, and American civilizations have depended on gluten related starchy corn and maize.

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The human body developed hundreds of thousands of years ago, was not designed to consume processed grains, such as wheat, corn and rice, cultivated and consumed starting only ten thousand years ago.

Since gluten is such an “ingrained” part of our diet, removing gluten related food products from your diet is a real challenge, but a challenge worth taking if you wish to recover from depression anxiety.

Beware of gluten free foods.  The gluten free food industry is booming due to the growing awareness of the harmful impact gluten can have on health.  Tons of new gluten free foods are appearing on store shelves everyday.  Avoid them.

Gluten free packaged and processed foods can still be bad for your health and can cause depression anxiety.  In many of these processed foods, wheat gluten is replaced with corn or rice, which have gluten like proteins that have the same negative effect as wheat gluten.  they also contain a lot of sugar, salt, inflammatory oils, and additives and preservatives which can cause depression anxiety.

View Our:  Depression Anxiety Diet Shopping List

The Depression Anxiety Diet Plan eliminates wheat gluten completely from the diet, and uses brown rice only in our Breakfast Cereal and Vegetarian Stir Fry Recipe, and gluten free red Quinoa in our Sockeye Salmon Recipe.

View All Our:  Depression Anxiety Recipes

Some of the negative impacts of gluten related proteins found in rice and quinoa, especially the high sugar content, is mitigated by fiber found in brown rice and red quinoa, but does not eliminate the inflammatory properties of gluten.  Although brown rice and red quinoa appears to be less harmful than wheat, brown rice and quinoa are eliminated in the Depression Anxiety Detox Diet Plan for individuals with gut conditions.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat products such as bread, pastas, and beer.  How gluten causes depression anxiety, and many other serious health conditions, is by producing inflammation in the body and brain.  Gluten should be eliminated from the diet to achieve depression anxiety recovery.  Gluten free foods are generally unhealthy and should be avoided.

Learn more about our natural depression anxiety alternative, and get started on your recovery with our step by step Guide to Depression Anxiety Recovery.

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24 thoughts on “How Gluten Causes Depression Anxiety

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  2. “Gluten should be eliminated from the diet to achieve depression anxiety recovery. Gluten free foods are generally unhealthy and should be avoided.”

    what? seems like a contradiction.

    • Ken:
      Yes, it does seem like a contradiction, however… Around 60 years ago, when gluten was recognized to be a problem, only wheat, barley, and rye grains were considered (the typical grains in the Western European Diet), and since that time, only those grains were considered to be gluten. Other grains such as rice, buckwheat, quinoa, also have gluten proteins which can cause the same gut and immune reactions.

      So, that is why manufacturers can substitute rice for wheat and call their products Gluten Free, however the gluten proteins in rice can cause the same negative reaction as their wheat alternative. Also, packaged and processed foods, “Gluten Free” or not, can contain inflammatory oils, sugars, and sodium, which can damage the gut and lead to depression anxiety.

      Hope that clears up the contradiction.


    • Hi Anna:
      Sweet potatoes or yams have gut healing properties and are recommended to replace grains for your meals. Brown potatoes are very starchy and do not have the same nutritional value as sweet potatoes. You can bake or steam your sweet potatoes and add 2 tsp. of coconut oil to aide absorption of the nutrients in the sweet potatoes.

  3. I have battled depression anxiety all my life and do agree that diet is a contributing factor to depression anxiety, but think this is an oversimplification of the challenge. There is no mention of the role that genes play, and from my perspective, eating the problematic food is much of a symptom as it is a cause. I think that telling someone with depression not to eat these foods is like telling them to just not have depression. It’s not that simple.

    • Hi Bess:
      Thank you for your comment. Genetics is discussed on the site. Please read: Depression Anxiety is Not Genetic

      You are right that depression anxiety is not a simple condition, which is why the site recommends exercise, supplements, and stress management, in addition to diet for depression anxiety recovery.


    • It is hard to beleive but it really can be that simple. I was on anxiety meds and antidepressants for 3 years because of my generalized anxiety disorder. I started to developed extreme headaches. After trying a natural approach i learned about the harms of gluten and over the past 2 years i got off my meds and healed my condition better than medication ever could by changing my diet. When i eat wheat i take a headache and get brain fog and anxiety within minutes and can releif my symptoms completely within a couple hours now. The human body is an amazing thing and shouldnt be underestimated. Its possible to feel great improvement in such a short time

  4. Ive tried to go gluten free but it just exacerbates my depression/anxiety. Today was another example where no grains/gluten wreaked havoc with me. Breakfast eggs, salad, refried beans. Snack almonds and apple. Lunch Cottage cheese and berries, snack banana. Later in the after noon I crashed big time. Just felt terrible. Wife gave me a bagel and peanut butter and immediately my mood turned up and anxiety decreased. I drink about 4 glasses of wine to keep symptoms in check at night. Ive tried grain/gluten free several times but just cant stand the side effects

    • Mack:
      Your condition is not from going gluten free. It’s from the 4 glasses of wine at night, which contains a lot of sugar, and is causing you to go on a sugar / insulin roller coaster ride, resulting in your crashing the next day. Gluten foods contain sugar, which is why you feel better after eating gluten.

      Science has shown that red wine is actually good for depression anxiety.

      The thing with red wine though is 1 glass at night with a meal helps depression anxiety and boost your immunity, while more than 2 glasses, causes depression anxiety and hurts your immunity. If you cut down on your red wine consumption to 1 glass your next day afternoon crashes should go away.


    • Actually since wheat is addictive, then what you are experiencing when you try and go grain free is ” withdrawal”. You should read the book wheatbelly by dr. Davis. If you can tough it out through the withdrawal symptoms you will feel so much better!

      • Hi Melissa:
        Yes, wheat is a carbohydrate, another form of sugar. So in essence your wheat withdrawal is a sugar withdrawal. Sugar is addictive.

  5. lol dam im eating Ramen noodles right now as im reading this article n im always depressed n aniexous, guess its time for a diet change ;)

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  7. Great website, and so much rings true for me,and what ive suffered with for decades. Keep up the great work, so glad this is starting to be believed and taken seriously. Wheat has been like cocaine to me, I have not Been able to stop eating it. I’m now learning why. Thankyou

    • Thanks Juju:
      Wheat is a sugar. Sugar is addictive. I’m beginning to think that people who are addicted to alcohol and cigarrettes are really addicted to the sugars in alcohol and the sugars released by smoking. Keep trying to reduce sugar in all its’ forms and I think you’ll start to feel the difference.

      Here is the article on How Sugar Causes Depression Anxiety

      Best of luck with your recovery.

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  9. Since going totally grain and dairy free, my life has changed significantly for the better
    No more chronic fatigue, brain fog, painful bloating, swollen uvula, peeling lips, depression, anxiety, paranoia and IBS. I’m strict to the point where I don’t eat eggs, chicken or pork (grain fed). I don’t eat farmed fish either. I get very obvious signs – the worst being a swollen uvula. Was treated for what was thought to be tonsilitis for years until it was becoming chronic and I was getting sick of always being ill. I researched the web for answers and after some trial and error (originally eating a celiac diet which didn’t help) my health started to improve. Doctors don’t take me seriously as they consider not eating grain “an Internet fad”.

    • Hi Roody:
      Thanks for taking the time to comment. Yes, it is amazing how most doctors are unaware of the gut brain connection, and seek to treat everything with ineffective synthetic drugs.

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