What is Gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, malts and triticale. It is used as a food additive for flavoring, stabilizing or as a thickening agent. It is what makes pizza dough strecthy, and bread spongy, and gravies thicker.
Why is it making me sick?
Gluten if being used more then ever now. Many people have developed allergies to it. It seems to be a harder wheat to break down in your intestines, then the softer wheats we formally used. To read more about the history of Gluten click here: http://surefoodsliving.com/2010/09/a-brief-history-of-wheat-and-why-it-is-making-us-sick/
Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Chronic diarrhea or constipation
- Abdominal pain and bloating
- Fat in the stools (due to poor digestion)
- Aching joints
- Head aches
- Irritability and behavioural changes
- Infertility, irregular menstrual cycle and miscarriage
- Cramps, tingling and numbness
- Slow infant and child growth
- Decline in dental health
Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue
It seems like many who suffer from chronic illnesses benefit from removing gluten from their diets. I have seen sites for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Lyme Disease, and more talking about how symptoms are alleviated, or at least get better when the person stops eating gluten.
Sufferers of Celiac Disease develop a severe sudden onset allergic reaction to gluten. While celiac disease is initially an auto-immune disorder, it is also a disease of malabsorbtion, because essential nutrients are not absorbed. Therefore one of the most devastating symptoms of long-term undiagnosed celiac disease is malnutrition.
Clinical Gluten Intolerance Tests
Gluten Intolerance Test
The following test are often conducted by thorough doctors when evaluating patients for gluten intolerance or celiac disease:
- Stool Fat test, to determine malabsorption level (test for Steatorrhea).
- Complete Blood count (CBC), to determine anemia.
- Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) to look for inflammation.
- C-Reactive Protein (CRP) to further watch for inflammation.
- Vitamin B12, D, and E to check for vitamin deficiency.
- Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) to analyze protein, calcium and electrolyte levels as well as to check liver and kidney functions.
- In some situations a doctor may also suggest an intestinal biopsy.
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