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We’re back with more info on healing with celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and other food allergies and intolerances.

I’ve been talking a bit about supplements and will continue with that for a few more posts.  However, there are a few supplements that go well with functional lab tests.  Their safe enough for short term use, but why spend the money if you don’t need them?  And why wonder if what you’re doing is working when there are tests that solve both issues.

Labs like Diagnos-Techs, Enterolab, and Metametrix offer tests that evaluate function as well as form a better picture of what’s really going on in your intestines.  You’ll have to work with your doctor to get these tests ordered, but that’s okay because you’ll want his or her help deciphering what the results mean.

In general, I think that pregnenolone, DHEA, and higher dosages of individual nutrients are best combined with lab results.  Over-the-counter plant-based progesterone-type supplements are included in that list too.  They can be extremely helpful and may be just what you need, but too much is just as bad as too little, so lab tests are the way to go.

If you have the tests performed, you can learn what your adrenal function is like, what your insulin is doing before and after a meal, if there are parasites or yeast over-growth in your intestines, and how your immune system is functioning.

The only supplement I’ll mention in regards to the test has to do with low *Salivary Secretory IgA (salivary SIgA).  It’s thought that getting rid of the foods causing the allergens and intolerances will raise it.  Mine didn’t.  I got rid of gluten, corn, dairy (because gluten can pass through breast milk it seemed possible it could through cow’s milk too, not because of an allergy), eggs, and soy and still had low values.  It took a lot of research, but I finally found some information that a probiotic containing Saccharomyces cerevisiae had been clinically shown to increase SIgA to normal values.

After taking it for a while, my gut was a lot happier about certain foods.  For example, almonds used to make me feel like there was a hot poker in my gut and now they are pain-free, crunchy yumminess.

Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a probiotic, but it isn’t in every probiotic.  If you’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease, gluten-sensitivity, or any other food allergy or intolerance, and still have symptoms or don’t feel good, there is a strong likelihood that your SIgA could benefit from supplementing with it.  Taken short-term, Saccharomyces cerevisiae won’t put anything out of balance and it might help to restore balance, so a test isn’t necessarily needed.


Until next time, may the choices you make and the actions you take create a healthier “you” tomorrow.


[*According to Diagnos-Techs: The main functions of SIgA include Immune Exclusion, Viral and Toxin Neutralization, Plasmid Elimination, and Inhibition of Bacterial Colonization. SIgA immune complexes are not inflammatory to the mucosal surfaces.]

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2 Responses to “DHEA, Pregnenolone, and Celiac Disease”

  1. bud says:

    I am intolerant to red meat, possibly as a result of my gluten intolerance. I am looking in supplementing with DHEA, which is supposedly helpful with inflammation. Would it help in my case? Thanks!

  2. Kathryn Kathryn says:


    You only want to supplement with DHEA if you are low, so you need to see your doc to find out. If you want something you can try without testing, you might want to check out some of the info at http://scdlifestyle.com. Healing your gut can get rid of some intolerances. It won’t get rid of celiac disease, of course, but it can help with allergies/intolerances developed as a result of an unhealthy small and large intestine. And if that happens to be the thing causing your inflammation, it’ll get rid of it too.

    Good luck!

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