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    Diane Zides
    Diane Zides
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    I was wonder if gluten can block nutrients enough to create electrolyte imbalances, since I had a lot of trouble staying hydrated. I'm noticiing an improvement since going on the diet.

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    Kate Osborne
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    Absolutely.  Gluten can inhibit nutrient absorption via the intestines (magnesium, sodium, potassium, and calcium are all electrolytes).  Additionally, gluten can induce constipation or diarrhea thus effecting fluid balance in the colon.

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