By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC
Many people call us to discuss gluten is if it is a negative food for everyone or just certain 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.
Celiac is an actual gluten allergy. This is different from gluten intolerance. But a gluten intolerance can affect a person 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, and barley). I did test positive via testing for gluten intolerance. Over the years of eating gluten-free, I had to learn that it just wasn’t enough. I had to determine that the proteins in the other grains (even though they are labeled gluten-free) were still causing me negative symptoms. So, I eat mostly a Paleo-Friendly diet, and it has helped me a lot.
So, is gluten a negative food for everyone? 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 down any autoimmune activity or an autoimmune storm.
They can both be done in the SAME blood draw kit – it is easy.
Results take about 3-4 weeks.
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