What is Gluten?
Gluten is a combination of proteins found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is similar in taste to cornstarch, and it does not have particular colour or appearance.
What Is Gluten Intolerance?
Gluten intolerance is a symptom where a person reacts negatively after ingesting gluten because they cannot digest gluten proteins. Not to be confused with wheat allergy. Wheat allergy is just that an allergy; it is the same as allergies to things such as seafood, cats, peanuts, etc. The symptoms may include runny nose, wheezing, and sneezing; the most dangerous potential symptom is anaphylaxis, which can be a life-threatening systemic allergic reaction. Gluten intolerance has very similar symptoms to Celiac disease, except there is no intestinal damage. In Celiac disease, there is damage to the lining of the small intestine, which is called the villi. The villi absorb nutrients from food; when damaged, serious health issues may arise, such as osteoporosis, anemia, neurological issues, and more.
Causes Of Gluten Intolerance
There may be many reasons why some have gluten intolerance. Consuming food they cannot digest, sugar, alcohol, antibiotics, low nutrient diets all of which can contribute to damaged gut flora which can lead to gluten intolerance. Far more people have gluten intolerance than you may think, without knowing.
Should You Worry About Being Gluten Intolerant?
The diagnosis of gluten intolerance is very difficult, but if you suspect that you are gluten intolerant avoiding gluten in your diet will heal your gut flora. Introducing fermented food, live food, and high-quality probiotics are also a good way to heal your gut flora. When introducing gluten free food to your diet choose healthy ingredients and avoid processed food.
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Are You At Risk
Eating a well-balanced diet that includes raw food, eating organic food whenever possible, fermented food, high quality probiotics but also cutting back on alcohol, antibiotics, and sugar will promote healthy gut flora. It is important to have healthy gut flora for healthy digestion. Feel free to contact us should you have any questions about healthy living and gluten-free cooking.