By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Annah Gillette
Are you tired after eating gluten (wheat) and other grains? Does your stomach bloat with gas, are you irritable, or maybe even itchy? Other gluten reactions may include abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, bloating, heartburn, bloating, anxiety, trouble sleeping, skin eruptions, brain fog, and anemia.
If you are like most people, you feel this way often and think this is just how it is. You live with these reactions as if they are normal. But this is not normal, and you do not have to live this way!
True, IgE food allergies are pretty rare – affecting maybe 4% of the population. Eggs, cows milk, peanuts, soy, wheat, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish are the most common foods causing allergic reactions, but almost any food has the potential to trigger an allergy. Foods most likely to cause the most severe type of allergic reaction, anaphylaxis, are peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish.
Food sensitivities which involve the IgG or IgA immune pathways, don’t include the same immune IgE reaction. Food intolerances are usually much less severe, though they can produce chronic health problems if not addressed. Common food intolerances are dairy, gluten and grain sensitivities. As with food allergies, treatment of food sensitivities involves identifying the foods – typically done through an elimination diet – and then avoiding the intolerant foods.
Since many people with celiac disease continue to feel sick, even when they eliminate gluten from their diet, scientists have been looking for the reason why. One theory is cross-reactivity. It’s a case of mistaken identity. It’s important to note, however, that cross-reactivity isn’t something that happens to everyone, but it does happen. Exploring the other grains when giving up gluten is not enough, is a smart thing!
Cross reactivity in immunology has been defined as the ability for antibodies or self-reactive immune cells to recognize and bind different but similar antigens. So, if proteins in one substance are very similar to the proteins in another substance, there can be an immunological reaction to both. A good example of this is the Havein-like protein domains found in latex and bananas. People who develop sensitivity to latex are often also sensitive to bananas because they contain similar proteins.
In the case of “gluten cross-reactive foods,” the argument is that antibodies or cells recognizing wheat or gluten can also recognize other foods, such as eggs, chocolate, rice, corn, quiona, tapioca, potato or even coffee. Here’s a direct quote from one of the practitioners heralding the concept: “The [antibodies] are so busy attacking food every day, that it starts attacking foods that look similar.”
Are you experiencing any of these symptoms?
Skin Challenges: acne, canker sores, eczema, psoriasis, itching, hives, dermatitis
Gut Issues: vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, colic, abdominal pain, loss or appetite, increased appetite, malabsorption, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux
Pain: joint pain, low back pain, bursitis, arthritis, inflammation.
Autoimmune: rheumatoid arthritis, systemic Lupus, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia
Neurological Issues: a headache, migraine, fatigue, depression, insomnia, irritability, OCD, anxiety, dizziness, ADHD, hyperactivity, poor focus, and comprehension
Genitourinary: bed-wetting, chronic bladder infections, interstitial cystitis
Breathing Problems: coughing, wheezing, asthma, bronchitis, ear infections, sinusitis
Weight Gain: YES, food intolerance’s could be at the root of your weight challenges!
These symptoms are a strong indication of food allergies and / or food intolerances, and nutritional analysis is necessary to determine exactly which foods are causing a problem for your body.
Take the first steps back to health. Our gluten and cross reactivity testing can provide a clear answer about what you should and shouldn’t be eating!
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Medical disclaimer: Our tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.