Gluten can be a very nasty condition that is found in wheat, rye, and barley, pasta, bread, pastries, crackers, cereals, and granola. It can also be found in sauces and gravies and even beer!
It can be really hard for some people to digest and can cause terrible stomach pain, diarrhoea, and even depression. In some cases, people are diagnosed with a condition called celiac disease, which is an auto-immune disease where eating gluten causes damage to the small intestine. It affects about one in a hundred people according to the Celiac Disease Foundation.
There are blood tests available to determine whether you are gluten intolerant and later in this article, I’ll give you a website (that I am not associated with) that will carry out an entire food intolerant test which came recommended to me whilst in college studying for my nutrition and sports nutrition diploma.
But firstly, let me tell you some of the signs that you may be gluten intolerant which shouldn’t be ignored and you should see your doctor:
When you are eating bread, spaghetti, pasta or cupcakes do you experience stomach cramps, nausea or/and diarrhoea?
Do you constantly feel bloated? If your system is not digesting gluten properly who will feel bloated after some of the foods listed above. Keep a detailed diary of when you feel bloated and after what meals, so at least you have a memo to show your doctor.
Is your skin constantly dry, flaky, inflamed and do you suffer from acne? This could be another indication that you are gluten intolerant.
Are you losing or gaining weight without trying? Involuntary weight loss is one of the primary symptoms of celiac disease because when your intestines are damaged you are not properly absorbing the food and nutrients you are eating.
Do you have difficulty concentrating during the day and focusing on being productive at work? ADHD type behaviors can be associated with gluten sensitivity.
Do you feel down in yourself alot? Depression and mood swings is another symptom and remember both men and women can experience any of these symptoms.
How are your movements down below? Is your poop normal? Are you constipated regularly? These may be more signs to look out for.
Are you constantly tired? Our diets are one of the biggest factors for our energy levels. For example, I am personally super-sensitive to food, if I have junk food, I fall asleep shortly afterward and my mood completely changes and I feel down.
There are just some of the signs to look out for if you think you could be gluten intolerant, I know I am for sure, I didn’t need to have a blood test done to get the diagnosis as I know my body so well. For example, if I ate pasta I would be on the floor curled up in a ball with severe pain and shortly afterward in the bathroom and there would be a lot of bottom burbs!. It’s not nice, but I have learned to live with it I just opt for most food that is gluten-free and if I’m going out for dinner there are always gluten-free options available.
My advice to any of you reading this article is if in doubt about any food leave it out and if you are experiencing any of the symptoms I outlined above, go to your GP and have the right blood tests done or visit this website https://www.fitzwilliamfoodtest.com/ The Fitzwilliam food test laboratories have over 30 years experience working exclusively in this specialist area of food intolerance. They have worked with many of the most prestigious laboratories that specialise in the clinic’s new IgG antibody test technology. and they were the very first to introduce this new generation IgG food sensitivity test into Ireland in 1998.