You need to eat gluten-free if you either have celiac disease, or gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity.
Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine preventing the absorption of nutrients from food. This is due to being allergic to a natural protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, rye, barley, and possibly oats (Although oats don’t contain it naturally, they’re often processed in facilities that handle wheat).
The symptoms are usually diarrhea, weight loss and malnutrition.
Approximately one percent of the population has celiac disease. It is confirmed with a blood test or an intestinal biopsy (more accurate)
Gluten sensitivity (or intolerance) affects a larger group of people – 10%.
Gluten sensitivity involves a spectrum of disorders, including celiac disease and wheat allergy, in which gluten has an adverse effect on the body.
The specific causes of gluten sensitivity are less well known.
There is not the obvious damage done to the intestines so its presence is inferred by a long list of symptoms. (over 50)
The following gluten sensitivity self-test from Dr Oz contains the most important of those symptoms.
Gluten Sensitivity Self-Test
How many of the following do you have? Check all that apply.
-Frequent bloating or gas
-Diagnosed with IBS or acid reflux
-Daily diarrhea or chronic constipation
Neurologic & Skeletal Symptoms
-Migraine or headaches
-Joint pains or aches
Hormonal & Immune Symptoms
-Depression or anxiety
-Chronic eczema or acne
Four or more symptoms indicate that gluten may be impacting your health.
But even one symptom, if severe and chronic, can be a sign of a gluten sensitivity.
You may want to consult your doctor or try going gluten-free for 2-4 weeks.
Caution: If you are on a gluten-free diet, a test for celiac disease will not be accurate. Therefore, many experts recommend you get this test first to confirm this more serious condition. You can just off the diet but many people are hesitant to do so since they feel better.
Our Own Testing
We have been testing individuals for food sensitivities for over 20 years with Vital Health Assessment.
This is a very subtle testing that measures the vitality or ‘chi’ of the body and how different foods or supplements affect that energy.
This, therefore, is not a medical test, and does not measure ‘disease’ celiac or otherwise.
We have found though, that over 80% of individuals show weakening effects from certain gluten foods.
It is a very individual test so different grains, gluten and gluten-free, each affect the body in different ways.
This test gives the relative benefits of many different grains and hundreds of other foods
Application forms and more information can be reached at Vital Health Assessment.
Note: If you are considering going gluten-free
- Read Diana’s article on the Dangers of Common Gluten-Free Products.
- Read 11 Gluten-Free Grains to better understand some of the alternatives and their many benefits.
- Check out some of Diana’s gluten-free recipes by going to the categories section on the right sidebar and finding ‘gluten-free’. You can also do a search from the right sidebar. Make sure you are subscribed to our newsletters since we are constantly sending out more recipes.
- Consider doing a Healthy BootCamp. All of the recipes your receive for the BootCamp will be gluten-free and particularly the upcoming Healthy Baking BootCamp which focuses on gluten-free baking. This a way to quickly gain focused and practical knowledge and skills in eating and cooking healthy and gluten-free.