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Your Aches and Pains just Might be a Gluten Sensitivity

Your Aches and Pains just Might be a Gluten Sensitivity
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Many people are sensitive to gluten without realizing it for instance did you know that gluten can cause migraines? Yup, check out the 5 signs of Gluten sensitivity that you probably weren’t aware of and by the time you’ve finished reading you may very well have found the mystery cause of some ailments you are frequently troubled by.

1 out of every 2 People could be Gluten Sensitive

At the present level of recorded cases, it is “officially” estimated that 18 million people suffer from sensitivity to gluten here in the USA alone. But these are only the people who are aware of it. There are many more strolling around in blissful ignorance with no idea that they themselves may be intolerant. Some experts believe that this number may be as high as one in every two people.

Taking a Wider Look at Gluten Sensitivity

The problem is that most medical practitioners only spot gluten sensitivity when there is some sort of digestive issue. But the fact of the matter is that many people show no digestive symptoms at all, so we need to open our umbrellas and take a wider look at the issue.

Non-digestive Gluten Sensitivity Symptom # 1 – Headaches and Migraines

Migraines and headaches are often caused by sensitivity to certain types of food, and in this particular respect, gluten is no different. Recent research has indicated that over 55% of people suffering from migraines and headaches all had a previously and diagnosed sensitivity to gluten. Once all of gluten had been removed from their diets, the migraines and headaches disappeared.

Non-digestive Gluten Sensitivity Symptom # 2 – Fuzzy Brain Syndrome

Gluten contains a substance known as Glutemorphine, and as the main rather tends to suggest this can rather like morphine itself. In other words it can induce fuzzy brain syndrome, whereby it feels like your thinking in fog. It is already known that gluten causes inflammation in the digestive tract, but it can also cause inflammation in the brain, the symptom of which, once again, is fuzzy brain syndrome, so each time you eat foods containing gluten, you could be lining yourself up for a double whammy!

Non-digestive Gluten Sensitivity Symptom # 3 – Leaky Gut

Gluten can cause something known as “Leaky Gut”. People who are sensitive to gluten can have a problem whereby when they eat it, it can result in the cells of the gut, releasing a substance known as Zonulin.

Zonulin is a protein that has the ability to widen the tight junctions of the intestinal lining. This is known as leaky gut, and when it is in evidence, your gut begins to leak toxins and undigested food particles which can then move through your body system in your bloodstream. Once your immune system spots these “invaders”, it treats them as pathogens and begins to attack them.

Signs of Leaky Gut can include:

  • Bloated stomach, gas, diarrhea, and IBS
  • Allergic reactions
  • Hormonal imbalances such as PMS
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Candida overgrowth

One of the things that gluten does is to upset the balance of bacteria in the gut. This is what leads to the last condition listed above, i.e. Candida overgrowth

Non-digestive Gluten Sensitivity Symptom # 4 – Pain in the Joints

In some people their body systems attack the Gluten and create immune complexes that will seek out, and settle in the joints. This then causes the joints to become inflamed, causing swelling and pain.

Non-digestive Gluten Sensitivity Symptom # 5 – Inflammatory Skin Conditions

As eating gluten can cause some internal inflammation, this can also be reflected through inflammations on the outer surface of your skin, with conditions like Acne, Eczema and Rosacea developing.

Discerning if you are Gluten Sensitive the Natural Way

Some clinics will perform special blood tests to ascertain whether or not you are sensitive to gluten, but the problem with most existing tests is that they only look for one out of six possible polypeptides that indicated the presence of Gluten sensitivity. There are five others that need to be identified that could be the cause of the sensitivity, but tests for these other five are not yet generally available.

There is however a natural way you can establish if you have this particular sensitivity, and that is by eliminating gluten from your diet for up to 3 months.

As some of the changes that indicate gluten sensitivity can be quite difficult to isolate, it may then be necessary to reintroduce Pluto into your diet after your three-month abstinence, and then carefully notes any adverse conditions that start re-appear.

Foods to avoid that contain Gluten

Foods that contain Gluten include barley, certain cereals, kamut, oats, pasta, and rye. Some oats, however, contain only very small amounts of gluten.

Gluten substitutes that are safe to eat

The following foods can be substituted for gluten, and these include buckwheat, quinoa, rice pasta, and sorghum grains.

Avoiding Gluten for a while (up to 3 months) and carefully observing your body’s reaction, and whether any of the aforementioned symptoms disappear, is the only real natural way of discovering if you are indeed Gluten sensitive; but to be double sure, you will have to reintroduce it again, and carefully observe whether or not certain side effects return.

It will take time and determination, but it’s the only real natural way of discerning the truth and keeping to the principles of your holistic health lifestyle.

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