Living without Gluten

gluten-freeIf you are experiencing intolerance to gluten symptoms, know that there is life with no gluten.  Many people today experience health problems caused by eating gluten or wheat.  The symptoms include gas or bloating, stomach pain, chronic diarrhea or constipation, foul smelling stool, nausea and or vomiting.

There are three possible reasons for these symptoms relating to gluten:

1-Celiac disease has symptoms that can lead to serious health problems.

2- Wheat allergy like celiac disease can be life threatening.

3-Non-celiac gluten sensitivity- this can only be diagnosed after celiac disease and wheat allergy are ruled out.

All three can cause similar symptoms but create different effects on your health.  Gluten is a protein that is found in barley, wheat and rye.  Bread, cereal and pasta usually contain the wheat grain.  Wheat is a grain usually be found in salad dressings and soups as well. Barley is usually an ingredient of beer and foods contain malt.  Rye bread, beer and certain cereals are sources of rye.

Allergy to wheat is in the top allergens in the United States.  It is an immune response to proteins that are present in wheat, including gluten.  Allergy to wheat is most common in children however they usually outgrow it.  These symptoms are an indication your child needs to check for wheat allergens:

Vomiting or nausea

Irritation of the mouth and/or throat

Rash or hives

Eye irritation

Congestion,

Diarrhea

Breathing difficulty

These symptoms or any of them can begin with a few minutes of eating something containing wheat, but can occur a couple of hours later.

The failure to absorb nutrients which are inhibited by celiac disease, can cause problems with children during the critical growing & development years. Some of these are:

Weight Loss

Short stature

Irritability

Loss of weight

In infants, failure to thrive and in adolescents, delayed puberty

If you find yourself dealing with any of these problems, talk with your doctor immediately to find out what you can do to help.