What is Gluten? Gluten is the protein found in such grains such as wheat, barley and rye. Gluten is the part of the grain that produces natural yeast allowing the dough of these grains to rise when creating pasta and bread.
What is a Gluten allergy? Some individuals over time may develop intolerance and an inability to digest the gluten of these grains due to changes in their intestinal tract. The intolerance becomes an allergy for these individuals and creates physical challenges such as arthritic pain in the joints, inflammation in the small intestines, inflammation around the heart and some inflammation around the sinus cavity. There are differing levels of gluten allergy depending on the individual. Full blown diagnosed gluten allergy by a physician has been called Celiac Disease. Individuals not diagnosed with Celiac disease can still exhibit symptoms of gluten allergy.
How to treat gluten sensitivity? If you visit www.celiac.org , this organization has multiple resources that walk you through nutritional plans to help illuminate gluten from your diet if you are diagnosed by your physician, naturopath or homeopathic doctor. Gluten sensitivity and Celiac Disease are treatable through a gluten-free nutritional plan. The organization listed above gives a complete list of foods to limit and/or avoid that may contain gluten. Dr. Mark Hyman and the UltraWellness Center provide patients with information about questions they can take to their local physicians about being tested through blood work checking for inflammation of the anti-body levels in the body. He identifies some of the antibodies that can be tested to determine if you or someone you know may be sensitive to gluten.
Be an advocate for your own wellness. If you are unsure whether the foods you eat are affecting your health, write down as many questions as you can in conjunction with research that is available and bring these questions with you to your appointment with your physician or natural wellness doctor.