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Could digestive issues be a gluten sensitivity?

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Have you experienced digestive issues, such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, or constipation, or do you feel tired or fatigued shortly after a meal? You could be suffering from a gluten allergy or sensitivity.

According to http://droz.com, over 20 million Americans could be affected by a gluten sensitivity and not even know it. Common symptoms of a gluten allergy or sensitivity may include:

  • Frequent bloating or gas
  • Being diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or acid reflux
  • Daily diarrhea or chronic constipation
  • Migraines or headaches
  • Joint pains or aches
  • Brain fog
  • Depression or anxiety--mood swings
  • Ongoing fatigue
  • Chronic eczema or acne
  • Abdominal pain and/or heartburn and sometimes abdominal distention

A gluten allergy or sensitivity can be caused by a reaction to gliaden, a gluten protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and sometimes oats. Foods that may contain gluten include:

  • Pasta
  • Couscous
  • Bread
  • Flour tortillas
  • Cookies
  • Muffins
  • Wheat germ
  • Wheat bran
  • Pastries
  • Cereal
  • Crackers
  • White flour
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Durum flour
  • Graham flour
  • Semolina
  • Beer
  • Oats
  • Gravy
  • Dressings
  • Sauces

Currently, there are no cures or treatments for gluten allergy or sensitivity. If you believe you may be suffering from this condition, it has been suggested that you remove any foods which may contain gluten from your diet for two weeks. If you begin to feel better without such foods in your diet, you may be suffering from an allergy or sensitivity.

Your doctor or medical professional may be able to perform tests to confirm this condition. There are three types of tests to diagnose gluten allergy or sensitivity:

  • Looking for evidence of gut tissue damage
  • Looking for immunological reaction to gluten/gliaden
  • Gene testing for HLA DQ2/DQ8

A simple blood test can diagnose gluten allergy or sensitivity. Contact your doctor or medical professional if you think you may be suffering from this condition or have any questions or concerns.

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