If you find yourself in need of a gluten free diet,you are not alone. It’s important to learn to live with a gluten allergy and the best way to do that is to understand the allergy.
With a gluten allergy your immune system will respond to the gluten which is found in a variety of foods that have the proteins that are typically found in cereal grains. The difference between a wheat allergy and a gluten allergy is Celiac, a disease of the gastrointestinal tract.
Not everyone, but a majority of people that suffer from a gluten allergy will develop Celiac disease, which targets the gastrointestinal tract. It wasn’t until recently when it was determined that Celiac was caused by a gluten allergy.
A person suffering from a gluten allergy must ensure that they have a gluten free diet. When diagnosed with Celiac disease, one must ensure that they maintain a gluten free diet to ensure that the problems associated with Celiac are avoided.
When a gluten allergy turns into Celiac disease, the biggest problem is that it does not just affect the gastrointestinal tract, it also affect the brain, causing brain dysfunction, inflammation of the lungs, and arthritis. Our recent post about a UK medical study illustrates this problem.
The classic symptoms that accompanies a gluten allergy that has become Celiac is diarrhea, abdominal pain, and bloating, weight loss, iron deficiency, and malnutrition. The That is just the beginning of what this disease can do.
A gluten allergy can actually affect the tissue causing eczema, skin rashes and itching, and it can cause hives. It can lead to respiratory problems, including asthma.
Arthritis will develop in about 45% of those suffering from a gluten allergy that do nothing about it and about 15% in those that change to a gluten free diet. Those with Celiac experience an increased risk of esophagus, pharynx, and small intestinal cancer. Fibroid lung disease is also seen at a much higher rate than in those that do not have Celiac or a gluten allergy.
Recently studies have shown that a gluten allergy is often combined with a dairy allergy. If you know you have a gluten problem it’s a good idea to replace dairy products with soy products or some other alternative.
Be sure to include natural supplements in your diet when suffering from a gluten allergy. There are several things they can do for you. They can replace the nutrients you are missing because of a gluten free diet and they can help restore the body to health and build the immune system back up to a healthy state.
With a gluten allergy you will want a gluten free diet with no wheat, barley, or rye in any form. The best diets are made up of foods that are good for you and also foods that taste good. Try to make the changes so as not be depressed by a long list of what you can’t eat. You gluten free diet should be comprehensive.
A gluten allergy can be a difficult diagnosis to hear but once you know what is wrong it is much easier to start making yourself feel better.