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GLUTEN SENSITIVITY

10 SIGNS YOU MAY BE GLUTEN SENSITIVE!

Does this look like you throughout the work week?

Gluten intolerant?

Gluten sensitive?

Celiac?

Do you know what the differences are?

Having food troubles can leave you feeling sluggish and under the weather and that’s because there’s a high percentage of the population suffering from gut-related issues. Celiac Disease is when a person suffers from an immune disorder in which the body reacts to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, causing permanent damage to the villi of the small intestine. Gluten sensitivity occurs when there is an immune reaction to gluten, but it is not at the stage where there is damage to the small intestine villi. They may have many symptoms similar to celiac disease or it may aggravate inflammatory concerns such as asthma, eczema and many other issues. This may often be the result of IgG antibodies to foods; which can be measured by a food sensitivity test, such as the FST from Rocky Mountain Analytical. Gluten intolerance occurs when a person fails to fully break down the foods they have eaten. Portions of the protein or carbohydrates may be intact farther down the digestive tract, and this causes irritation or feeds fermenting microorganisms that cause yet more distress, but it does not involve the immune system.

10 Signs of gluten sensitivity/intolerance:

  1. Mood Issues – mood swings, anxiety, depression, and ADHD.
  2. Inflammation – inflammation of the lining of intestines, aching or swelling of joints, muscles, and tissues.
  3. Skin Issues – may lead to skin rashes such as eczema, keratosis pilaris (chicken skin), or dermatitis herpetiformis – an itchy rash with pimple-like bumps, and acne.
  4. Digestive Issues – IBS, acid reflux, bloating, gas, pain, distention, diarrhea or constipation.
  5. Hormonal Imbalances – PMS, PCOS, unexplained infertility.
  6. Chronic Fatigue or Fibromyalgia.
  7. Headaches – or in extreme cases migraine headaches.
  8. Autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s disease.
  9. Weight Issues –  weight loss or gain.
  10. Iron Deficiency due to poor absorption.

It’s difficult to know what foods you’re reacting to because there can be a delayed reaction (meaning 1 to 4 days before symptoms show up after eating sensitive foods). During the course of 4 days, many foods will have been eaten over this period of time. As mentioned before, this is where an FST test would let you know which foods your immune system is reacting to.

We may also recommend specific digestive enzymes that help break down wheat and gluten, as well as other foods which you may be reacting to.