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Is It IBS Or Gluten Intolerance?

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

Before we discuss IBS vs. Gluten Intolerance (Celiac Disease) it is important that you have not been diagnosed with any inflammatory diseases such as Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis.  Taking fiber with either of these diseases will cause bowel obstruction, abscessing.  This will result in a trip to the hospital.  Later in this article the “fly in the ointment” lactose intolerance and how it fits in with IBS and Gluten Intolerance will be discussed.

IBS is a chronic, functional disorder of the GI (gastrointestinal) tract.  It has recurrent diarrhea, constipation, or a combination of both.  This symptoms will last for months to years.  It can be accompanied by abdominal pain and discomfort while defecating.  Other symptoms are bloating, abdominal extension, chronic headaches and fatigue.  IBS has food triggers and they are many: red meats, dark pork and chicken, milk, butter, cheeses, ice cream, egg yolks, fried food, coconut, all fats (oil, shortening, butter,margarine), chocolate, coffee, alcohol, carbonated beverages, Sorbital and other artificial sweeteners,  fruit and vegetables with thick skins ( i.e. green peppers, grapes), whole wheat, popcorn, whole nuts, and fresh fruit juices. Check an IBS site for a more complete list.

Gluten Intolerance or Celiac Disease is the inability to digest the protein gluten.  Gluten is found in wheat, malt, some barley,and rye.  This protein stimulates the immune system to produce certain antibodies.  The result is damage to the lining of the small intestine and the flattening of the villi.  Gluten Intolerance or Celiac Disease is NOT an allergy.  Allergies can be outgrown while autoimmune disorders are for life.  To stop the symptoms you must stop eating gluten period.  The symptoms of Celiac Disease are more numerous than IBS. Some symptoms are: diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas, fatigue, and 35 other symptoms.  You can find the rest in my Blog entitled “The 35 symptoms of Celiac Disease”.  Celiac Disease unlike IBS does not normally have the symptom of constipation.

Now for “The Fly in the Ointment”, with both Celiac Disease (gluten intolerance) and IBS you have a very high risk of destroying your lactose enzyme!  Whether you recovery or not is individual.  The symptoms of Lactose Intolerance is extreme to mild diarrhea in 10 minutes to 2 hours after consumption of the dairy product.  Sometimes even taking a lactose enzyme digestive supplement will not help.  How do you live with IBS, Gluten Intolerance, and Lactose Intolerance?  That is next month’s topic.