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Posted on 05-02-2017

To Wheat or Not To Wheat- Are you gluten intolerant?

Humans have eaten gluten rich grains like wheat and barley for millions of years. However, the wheat of today is vastly different from the wheat our ancestors grew and ate.

Many grains contain gluten. Gluten is a protein that can be found in grains like wheat, rye, barley, oats and spelt.

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Gluten can also hide in processed foods under a variety of names, including but not limited to “malts”, starches, hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), cereal binding, texturized vegetable protein (TVP), edible coatings, edible films, natural juices and seasonings.  (https://www.celiac.com/articles/182/1/Unsafe-Gluten-Free-Food-List-Unsafe-Ingredients/Page1.html)

There are levels of “gluten problems” that people experience. They are either people have celiac disease, a wheat allergy, or gluten intolerance.

Celiac disease: long term autoimmune disorder primarily affecting the small intestine that occurs in people who are genetically predisposed.

  1. Classic symptoms include severe gastrointestinal problems such as chronic diarrheaabdominal distentionmalabsorption, loss of appetite in response to gluten found in wheat and other grains
  2. A strict 100 percent gluten-free diet is critical for these people
  3. Diagnosed by measuring the presence of autoantibodies such as transglutaminase 2 (TG2), which is thought to be the most sensitive marker for celiac.

(http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/09/21/gluten-sensitivity-celiac-disease.aspx#_edn11)


 

Wheat allergy:

Consuming it will result in an immune reaction that can be diagnosed by measuring antibodies called IgE and/or other immune system markers.

Gluten intolerance or sensitivity:

  1. Since wheat is a difficult food to digest, many people have problems with breaking it down/digesting it
  2. They tend to generate symptoms that are slower in onset than celiac disease.
  3. These commonly include: anxiety, diarrhea or constipation, bloating, headache, and fatigue
  4. There has been a rise in gluten intolerance recently

So, what should you do if you experience problems eating wheat?

  1. Get tested to see if you have celiac disease or a wheat allergy.
  2. If you do, stop eating all gluten immediately.  
  3. If you have a gluten intolerance or sensitivity, see a nutritionist about taking a whole food supplement/enzymes to help digest the wheat you eat.

To test your nutritional status, call Hands on Healing, 408-371-0068 for a free consultation.

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