What is Gluten Intolerance
When it comes to food allergies there can be all sorts of jargon. If you find yourself wondering what is gluten intolerance (v.s. what is celiac disease) then read on and I will try and break it down for you… with minimal jargon.
What is gluten intolerance?
Well it is a type of food allergy, to gluten, a small particle found in wheat, what causes a number of allergies and symptoms, there are different degrees of gluten intolerance.
Is it the same as celiac disease?
No – some of the symptoms can be the same, but the effect on the body for a celiac person can lead to some pretty serious health consequences as the villi in their intestines can flatten and stop absorbing all the healthy vitamins and minerals from food.
Here is a List Of Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance
- Bloating and Gas troubles
- Diarrhea or Constipation
- Gastric re-flux or heartburn
- Tired, Exhausted, Lethargic
- Uncomfortable Tummy
- Eating Problems
- Lack of Energy
- Not Growing Well
- Unhappy With Your Weight
- Chronic Iron Deficiency
- Dermatitis, Eczema or Bad Skin
- Runny Nose and Sinus Problems
- Osteoporosis, Bones and Joint Pains
- Feel Depressed And Moody
- Find it Hard To Think Clearly
- Headaches or Migraines
- Poor Sleep
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Hyperactivity or Cranky
- Mental Health Problems
*If you Answered Yes to One of More of These Symptoms there’s a chance that you are experiencing an Allergy to Gluten, so it pays to get this checked out.
Why Do I Know So Much About Gluten Intolerance?! Why Did I Decide To Make a Change?!
Being tested for gluten intolerance was one of the best things I have ever done, I had my suspicions about my allergies, but never did it cross my mind my diet could be the cause of all my suffering. I knew To well what it is like to suffer undiagnosed, and put up with discomfort in everyday life. Eczema, Gas, Asthma, Fatigue, Low Energy, Weight Gain, Depression and Crankiness. So What Did I Do… Well I sought the help of a professional, and after a quick run over of the symptoms (for which i met almost all of them) I decided it was time I got a blood test and found out exactly what I was illergic To.
I am told 1/5 People React to Gluten… thats pretty amazing!
Why is Gluten Such a Problem?
Gluten literally acts as a tool to Glue your food together, so it sticks to everything, which can be hard for intolerant peoples digestive systems. And its EVERYWHERE. In everything from food, bread and cakes, to pasta, sauces and lollies, through to shampoo and conditioner, to moisturizers and soaps. Its amazing the things you will find that contain wheat, once you start reading the labels.
In day to day life we eat and rely on so many processed and pre-packed foods, that we are eating a lot more gluten then the body was originally designed for. Long gone are the days where people live off the land, hunt for fish and game, and eat veges they grow them selves, We live in a society of convenience, the microwave meal, prepackaged sauces, biscuits from a packet, and often our meat is highly processed. Coming into this much gluten in daily life cause people to have a reaction.
So Be sure to get tested, they can actually tell what level of intolerance you have, and if its more serious like coeliac! Then with a few dietary changes you could be feeling better in no time!
Gluten Free The Way To Be!
When I was first diagnosed my Dr (Rodney Ford) gave me a copy of his book “Going Gluten Free” I found this to be a very powerful resource, and highly recommend his books to anyone… He is constantly writing new books, with recipes, medical studies, gluten free journeys of children and adults, dealing with a number of allergies.