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Gluten Intolerance: What You Need to Know about Going Gluten-Free

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Gluten-free diets seem to be all the rage now, with a wide selection of gluten-free products filling up the supermarket shelves.  People who are on a gluten-free diet say that they feel better after removing gluten from the food they consume.  But, do you really need to drop gluten altogether?

 

 

What is gluten intolerance? 

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye oats.  It is used to help bread rise and it gives bread, pasta and other wheat products elasticity and an appetising texture.  Gluten intolerance is a condition that causes a person to react after ingesting gluten.  It is also known as gluten sensitivity or non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS).

The most common symptoms of gluten intolerance include gas, bloating, abdominal pain, mental fatigue or “brain fog”, extreme tiredness or physical fatigue, joint pain and headaches, also flu like symptoms.  Reactions may start up to 48 hours after ingesting gluten and can last for much longer.

 

Gluten intolerance and celiac disease

Before you have yourself tested for gluten intolerance, you need to rule out celiac disease.  Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disorder wherein your immune system responds abnormally to gluten.  Ingesting gluten causes the immune system to destroy the villi, the finger-like parts of your intestines that absorb nutrients.  It can have very serious consequences such as malnutrition and permanent intestinal damage, B12 plus iron deficiency. The digestion enzymes that break down the gluten can be deficient or non – existent.

The symptoms of gluten intolerance are very similar to celiac disease.  However, since gluten intolerance does not involve immune or autoimmune symptoms, it may not be as serious a condition as celiac disease.  But it still remains crucial to rule out celiac disease in order to get the proper treatment for gluten intolerance.

 

Gluten intolerance treatment

If the diagnosis does indicate gluten intolerance, then the treatment would be to follow a gluten-free diet.  This means you need to completely remove gluten from the food you eat. Then your practitioner assists you in improving your digestion with natural medicines including Nampudripad’s Energy Balancing treatment (NAET) to improve your body’s tolerance to gluten.

 

Here is a general list of the food to avoid on a gluten-free diet:

Beverages – ale, beer, gin, whisky, coffee essence, instant coffee (except Nescafe),  chocolate – milk and white, chocoloate drinks, tomato juice.

Bread, cakes and biscuits – baking powder, commercial bread, cakes, cookies, sweet and dry biscuits, crumpets, doughnuts, meringues, muffins, pancakes, pastries, waffles, bagels, bread rolls, breadcrumbs, crisp bread, pretzels, rusks.

Confectionery – filled chocolates, toffee, fudge, caramel, marzipan, chewing gum, lollies – jelly type

Cereals – cereals containing wheat, oats, rye and barley. Buckwheat may also affect some people.

Dairy products – synthetic cream, malted milk, cheese spreads.

Fats – commercial salad dressings, mayonnaise.

Fish – pickled, frozen, crumbed, battered, canned in sauce, fish paste.

Flour – wheat, oat, rye, barley and buckwheat flour.

Fruit – baby food, glace fruit.

Gravies – gravy mixes and thickeners.

Ice cream – cones and wafers.

Meats – all processed meat including sausages, meatloaf, frankfurters, hamburgers, luncheon meats, meat pastes, canned meat.

Sauces – thickened, bottled sauces, chutney, pickles, anchovy sauce, chef sauce, ketchup, horseradish, tomato sauce.

Snacks – potato chips, french-fries.

Soup – canned, dried, thickened, cream soups.

Spreads – fish paste, meat spread, chocolate spread, peanut butter and sandwich spreads, Vegemite, Pro – mite.

Vegetables – vegetables in sauces, mayonnaise, cream, baby food, vegetable mixes.

Additives – Monosodium glutamate (MSG) contains gluten.

Others – Dumplings, oats, pasta, semolina, canned corn.

 

If you think you are suffering from gluten intolerance, you may speak to our food intolerance and sensitivities specialists who can help determine the root cause of your food intolerance.  We can also start you off with a treatment program that may not only relieve your symptoms, but may also restore your digestion and immune system to full health.

Having gluten intolerance can get challenging, but we are here to help you through it.  Book an appointment or contact us to discuss your health concerns with our qualified health practitioners.

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