In the past few years, there has been an emergence of gluten-tolerance information in the media that can be confusing to decipher. Many people confuse intolerance or sensitivity to gluten with a food allergy, which is two distinct afflictions. Allergies to gluten tend to be less common, yet easier to determine than a sensitivity. Many people can be suffering from intolerance or sensitivity to gluten, yet have no idea that their health problems are related to eating this food substance.
Symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity
Gluten is a protein substance found in wheat, and although there are glutens in some other grains, the wheat gluten is what most people are referring to when addressing gluten intolerance or sensitivity. The health issues related to gluten are caused by an immune response when the body tries to digest gluten.
While there are people with an allergy to gluten or a more severe form of gluten intolerance called celiac disease, many people are sensitive to gluten and may be having health issues linked to eating this substance. Some of the symptoms of sensitivity include:
- Skin disorders
- Digestive problems
The problem is that these symptoms are not easily linked to a gluten sensitivity by most traditional physicians as they can also be caused by many other issues. However, naturopathic medicine practices that specialize in gluten sensitivity can often uncover this link by doing gluten sensitivity testing. For many people, this testing can identify the cause of the symptoms that have plagued them for years that traditional medical practitioners often overlook.
If you have suffered from ongoing symptoms like fatigue and digestive distress, you may have a sensitivity to gluten. Contact a naturopathic physician that specializes in gluten intolerance testing to find out if the wheat you eat is causing your symptoms.
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Wholistic Medicine Specialists of Atlanta
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