By Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC
Do you have gluten intolerance symptoms? Is gluten ok or bad for YOU and YOUR Family? We have an easy way to find out if you have a gluten intolerance.
Many people contact us wanting to know if gluten intolerance is causing their health symptoms. They want to understand gluten and what it may cause in the body to someone with gluten intolerance. I am one of those people that gluten is bad for and my family. The number of symptoms I put up with for many years went away from I learned about my gluten intolerance and took it out of my diet.
What is Gluten, and Why is Gluten Intolerance Symptoms an Issue For So Many People? Gluten is a protein in wheat, barley, and rye that can contribute to health challenges. Although gluten isn’t actually found in many other grains like millet, oats, quinoa, rice, or corn, modern food-processing techniques usually contaminate these foods with gluten since they are processed using the same equipment where wheat is processed. And many people have a cross-reactive intolerance to the proteins in the other grains, which may feel similar to a gluten reaction.
Celiac is an Actual Gluten Allergy. Celiac is different from a gluten intolerance. But a gluten intolerance can affect a person the same way and with unnecessary health challenges. Some symptoms of either may be; malabsorption, stunted growth, irritable bowel, hair loss, pain, fatigue, insomnia, neurological symptoms, inflammation, weight gain and the inability to lose weight OR the inability to gain weight, skin eruptions like acne, thyroid imbalance, heart irregularities and more.
The very first food I eliminated from my daily diet was dairy. This cleared up my skin! The second food was gluten (wheat, rye, oats, and barley). I did test positive in our gluten intolerance test and learned that gluten is bad for me. Testing proved to me that my health needed a PALEO or grain-free diet.
Is Gluten Intolerance an Issue For My Family? Over the years, I observed my loved ones very carefully for gluten and food reactions. My youngest son started to have symptoms from the day he was born. He was a preemie and had failure to thrive. Over the first few years, he vomited a lot and seemed to react to every food under the sun. Then, no joke, he was diagnosed with an allergy to the sun, and I was told to dress him in dark clothes only and avoid the sun.
I could not imagine what kind of life this would be for this active, young boy, so I had to try something. I thought if gluten is bad for his mom, wouldn’t gluten be bad for my son? I did the same test on him, and it was positive for gluten intolerance. So, we removed gluten from his diet, and his sun allergy went away. And so did his constant vomiting. It helped to have gluten intolerance proof as schools wanted a note from me, and he is very smart, and seeing the blood work results helped him know he needed to eat gluten-free for life.
So, are gluten intolerance symptoms an issue for everyone? Not necessarily. But these days, I have to wonder if specific symptoms would reduce or go away if gluten and the grains were removed from the diet. If there is an autoimmune issue, classes have taught me that gluten should be eliminated to calm any autoimmune activity or an autoimmune storm.
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