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Dr. Mark Hyman explores gluten-free diets: Find out if you have a wheat allergy

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Bagels and bread, cookies and cakes reign high among our nation's favorite foods. Just one problem: They also typically contain gluten, and can result in symptoms ranging from bloating to weight gain for those with gluten allergies and sensitivities. Dr. Mark Hyman talked with Katie Couric on her December 3 talk show about what you need to know when it comes to gluten-free diets. Find out if you might be allergic here.

To determine if you might be allergic to wheat and other forms of gluten, Dr. Hyman suggests asking yourself these questions:

  • Do you have an autoimmune disease such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease?
  • Do you have digestive problems like reflux or irritable bowel?
  • Are you overweight?
  • Do you have frequent headaches?
  • Are you often tired and bloated?
  • Do you have rashes like eczema, psoriasis or acne?
  • Do you have ADD (attention deficit disorder) autism, schizophrenia or depression?
  • Do you have allergies, asthma or sinus problems?

If you answer yes to one or more, Dr. Hyman suggests the following:

  • Get tested for gluten sensitivity or celiac disease - Do Cyrex 3 test for a comprehensive test or check for elevated antibodies to gluten (anti-gliadin IgG and IgA, or tissue transglutaminase antibodies, TTG).
  • Do a trial of a 100% gluten free diet for two weeks. Then reintroduce gluten and monitor your symptoms. If you feel better, you are probably gluten sensitive.
  • Take probiotics to help reduce inflammation and repair the digestive system and leaky gut.

However, Dr. Hyman says, if you do decide to try the gluten-free diet, be sure that you are familiar with the many potential sources of gluten. Some foods are obvious: Bread, pasta, bagels, cereals, cookies and cake. Other foods may surprise you.

Here are some sneaky sources of gluten:

  • Beer, whisky and vodka
  • Soy sauce
  • Soups and sauces
  • Salad dressing
  • Lunch meats
  • Pickles
  • Licorice

Learn more about gluten sensitivity by clicking here for Dr. Mehmet Oz's views.

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