It almost goes without saying that gluten, gluten-free products, and gluten-free diets, are among the most talked about subjects in the media and the health and wellness community today – almost. As usual, anything outside what is considered “normal,” whether in the field of health, sports, entertainment, politics, or relationships, is given massive amounts of attention for a while, with all sorts of misconceptions and misunderstanding mixed in with the occasional good bits of information. I guess it’s just human nature that we tend to go overboard when we learn about something “new” but, if you’re trying to cope with gluten intolerance or sensitivity in your life, you need better information than you’re likely to receive from so-called “mainstream media” sources.
Is gluten intolerance a “Real Thing”?
The first thing you need to know and accept is this: gluten intolerance is very real, and needs to be dealt with.
I not only believe that gluten intolerance is real —I’m living proof! You can read all about my story on my website.
How does it manifest and what are the symptoms?
Gluten intolerance and sensitivity can have many forms of expression:
- Digestive issues – such as IBS, leaky gut, indigestion, abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Weight issues – such as the inability to maintain your ideal weight, being overweight, or problems gaining weight.
- Skin problems – such as itching, rashes, hives, redness, swelling, and scaling, as in eczema and psoriasis.
- Depression – from mild to severe, as well as low energy levels.
- Problems concentrating or focusing – such as feeling disorganized, disturbed or foggy thinking, constant headaches, migraines, and even ADD.
- Systemic issues – such as unexplained fever, fatigue, sweating, chills, and connective tissue problems like pain, stiffness, and swelling.
- Autoimmune diseases – thyroid, arthritis, food-induced bronchitis and asthma, sneezing, runny nose, and shortness of breath.
- Hormonal imbalances – causing mood swings, fatigue, and confusion.
- Malabsorption of nutrients – causing symptoms such as light-colored, foul-smelling stools, fluid retention (edema), dry hair or hair loss, bloating, flatulence, explosive diarrhea, anemia, malnutrition, low blood pressure, weight loss and wasting.
How do you deal with it?
A gluten intolerance is most commonly dealt with a gluten-free diet. We are NOT talking about the latest “diet fad” to hit the internet here, but a real health condition that has long-term negative health effects for millions of people worldwide. For whatever reason, and there are many possible causes being offered today, the numbers of food sensitivities and food allergies seem to be on the rise around the world – including gluten sensitivity and gluten intolerance.
How do I know that I have a problem with Gluten?
Food intolerances are tested mainly based on IgG antibodies but there are also other type of tests:
- Blood test
- Applied Kinesiology
- Hair analysis
- Cytotoxic test
- Vega test
- Elimination diet
Should you try a gluten free diet?
Not everyone who goes gluten free is gluten intolerant. Rather, many people are gluten sensitive, making a gluten-free diet a smart choice for them, despite not suffering the more extreme effects of being fully intolerant to gluten. If you’re considering a gluten-free diet, do your research and get some help; perhaps from a health coach, or a wellness coach who specializes and has training and experience helping others cope with gluten sensitivity issues.
There are also benefits for people who are not intolerant, but would like to go gluten-free: weight loss, more energy, blood sugar regulation, clearer mind, reduced cravings, and others.
About the Author
After a successful career in International Marketing, Elizabeta Klisarov turned towards holistic health and studied Biomedicine at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London, then went on to enroll at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN), where she earned the title of Certified Health Coach. Her education in health and wellness coaching has been bolstered by participating in Feng Shui courses at the Traditional Imperial Chue Feng Shui Foundation, and attending an array of presentations and other educational opportunities geared toward alternative therapies and nutrition, with an emphasis on the Gut/Brain connection.