Gluten – what is it?
So many people these days are having problems with gluten. Gluten is a protein found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including spelt, barley and rye. Gluten gives elasticity to dough, helping it rise and keep its shape and often gives the final product a chewy texture. Gluten is used in cosmetics, hair products, and other dermatological preparations and introduced in many foods like ice cream, ketchup and more.
How to test for gluten intolerance
I have found the single best ways to determine if you have an issue with gluten is to do a elimination diet and take it out of your diet for at least 2 to 3 weeks and then reintroduce it. Please note that gluten is a very large protein and it can take months and even years to clear from your system so the longer you can eliminate it from your diet before reintroducing it, the better.
If you feel significantly better off of gluten or feel worse when gluten is reintroduce, then gluten is likely a problem, In order to get accurate results from this testing method you must elimination 100% of the gluten from your diet.
Some Gluten Intolerance symptoms
1. Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and even constipation.
2. Fatigue, brain fog or feeling tired after eating a meal that contains gluten.
3. Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis. Chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia diagnoses simply indicate your 'conventional doctor can't make a definitive diagnosis of the fatigue.
4. Neurologic symptoms such as dizziness or feeling of being off balance.
5. Hormone imbalances such as PMS, PCOS or unexplained infertility.
6. Migraine headaches.
7. Inflammation, swelling or pain in your joints such as fingers, knees or hips.
8. Mood issues such as anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADD.
If you find you have some of these gluten intolerant symptoms, then try eliminating gluten from your diet. For most people, a few weeks off gluten and then reintroduce, can give you some awareness of the intolerance. No wheat, breads, cereals, pasta, carefull about lunch meat, grains. No beer.
Try new grains like brown rice, quinoa. Gluten free bread that has been toasted tends to be a bit tastier.
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