Gluten-Intolerance & Celiac Disease

Gluten Intolerance - Celiac DiseaseWhat is Gluten-Intolerance?

Gluten is a protein that is found in many wheat products and flours, as well as rye and barley.  It is a sticky substance which binds your food together.  Some experts believe as many as 1 in 20 Americans may have some form of gluten-intolerance.

 

If you have a wheat allergy and consume these products, gluten upsets your intestines and causes your immune system to respond.  This response causes symptoms such as abdominal discomfort, gas and bloating and could cause other symptoms as shown below.  These symptom can appear even in people who don’t have celiac disease.

 

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac Disease is a digestive disease that causes permanent damage to the small intestine. This interferes with absorbing certain nutrients, such as iron, calcium and vitamin D, which can create gastrointestinal problems as well as osteoporosis and anemia.  People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten.

 

Symptoms of Gluten-Intolerance:

People who have problems processing gluten can suffer from bloating, headaches, heart burn and stomach cramps just to name a few.  The chart below shows many symptoms of gluten-intolerance.

 

Migraines – Headaches Heartburn – Acid Reflux
Bloating – Gas Stomach Cramps
Chronic Iron Deficiency Skin Problems – Dermatitis – Eczema
Exhausted – No Energy Sinus Issues – Runny Nose
Constipation Diarrhea
Infertility Sleeplessness
Osteoporosis Bone and Joint Pains
Depression Brain Fog
Hyperactive Autism
Moody Swings – Cranky Mental Health Problems
Eating Problems ADHD
Malnutrition Weight Gain or Weight Loss

 

What Should You Do If You Have These Symptoms?

 

If any of these symptoms are turning your world upside down, you should consider seeing your doctor for a blood test. Gluten-intolerance or celiac disease might be the problem associated with your symptoms.

 

The other choice (which I highly recommend) is to start eliminating gluten from your life.  I say “life” because gluten seems to be everywhere these days.  It’s in millions of products!  It’s critical to start reading labels for everything you ingest or put on your skin.  Although gluten is mainly in foods, it may also be found in products that you use every day. I’ve even seen gluten in a vitamins!

 

You might also want to check out the Paleo Recipe Books.  These books have hundreds of favorite Paleo friendly recipes that will help you follow one of the healthiest and most nutritious diets in the world. These cookbooks contain: No Grains, No Potatoes, No Lentils, No Dairy, No Processed Sugar, and No Preservatives.  

 

Even if you say OH NO, I’m not giving up all that… have an open mind, take some small steps for a healthier life!  You just might find yourself feeling pretty terrific!

 

Gluten-Free Paleo Meal Plan

Gluten-Free Paleo Herbs & Spices Guide

Learn More About The Gluten-Free Paleo Recipe Books

 

For many years, I suffered with digestive problems and a long list of other symptoms. I use to give myself four allergy shots a week and had constant sinus problems. When I eliminated gluten, my life changed dramatically.  If you have any of the symptoms listed above, I hope you will consider eliminating gluten from your diet to see if you feel better!

 

To Your Health!

Gail Seignious

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