Problems with Gluten and Gluten Intolerance

Problems with Gluten and Gluten Intolerance | Mr Vitamins
Gluten is a protein component found in many grains. It is a fusion of the proteins gliadin and glutenin found in the commonly consumed grains wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelt and kamut. Gluten gives elasticity to dough and gives an elastic chewy quality to products made from gluten.

Gluten and your Immune System

Approximately one half to one percent of people suffer from coeliac disease which is an autoimmune reaction to the gliadin fraction of gluten. Many more people than this are gluten sensitive, which means uncomfortable symptoms arise after consumption of gluten – although these people are negative for standard medical testing for coeliac disease.

Gluten Intolerance

Sensitivity and intolerance to gluten is now quite common. Some signs and symptoms of gluten intolerance include the following:
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Abdominal gas
  • Gut aches
  • Nausea
  • Weight loss
  • Nutritional deficiencies due to malabsorption such as low iron or zinc levels
  • Fatigue
  • Aching joints
  • Skin itching
  • Triggering of inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema
  • Itchy skin
  • A specific form if dermatitis
  • Headaches
  • Irritability and behavioural changes
  • Depression
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Delayed growth in children
  • Blood test abnormalities

Blood Tests for Gluten Sensitivity

If you suspect you are gluten intolerant, a blood test will help to see if there is a problem and the extent of intolerance. A blood test can also help to rule out coeliac disease.

Dietary Alternatives to Gluten

There are many wonderful gluten-free alternatives so that you can enjoy a nutritious, healthy diet. Talk to a Mr Vitamins Naturopath or Nutritionist about how you can adopt a gluten free diet that is both tasty and nutritious.

Peter Radi - Senior Naturopath and Nutritionist

Peter RadiHaving completed many years of research, experienced Naturopath Peter Radi can give you specific health information on Gluten Intolerance and how you can manage it Learn more about Peter here