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Can A Gluten-Free Diet Help A Possible Non-Gluten Sensitive Individual?

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Studies are showing an increase of Celiac Disease diagnosis’s in the United States.  United Kingdom has also noticed a marked increase of cases. A great many of individuals who have not been diagnosed have opted to change their diet to Gluten-free.  Others that show no obvious symptoms or other diseases also opt to go Gluten-free.  Is this a good idea?

Changing to a Gluten-free diet can help with many autoimmune diseases.  The first and most obvious one is Arthritis.  A Gluten-free diet cuts down on the inflammation that is associated with Arthritis.  A Gluten-free diet may cut down on the inflammation and deformity associated with Arthritis.  Because this diet cuts down with the inflammation, it also cuts down with the pain. Diabetes is another disease has a connection with food.  Diabetics should consume  less carbohydrates.  A Gluten-free diet helps with this.  Cardiovascular disease is another disease that is helped with diet change.  As stated above, using a Gluten-free diet helps decrease the amount of inflammation in your body.  This helps limit the risk of Ischemic heart disease.  More studies are analyzing the relationship between a Gluten diet and heart disease.  Healing the wall of the intestinal mucosa is another benefit of a Gluten-free diet.  By consuming only a Gluten-free diet, the lining of the wall is not attacked and is allowed to heal.  This helps, not cures, IBS and other related intestinal diseases.

Many people who are avoiding Gluten are emerging into different groups.  The first group is women and senior citizens.  The other group is athletes including Olympians and other champions.  They are finding the health benefits in their lives with the Gluten-fee diet.  However, studies are not conclusive yet on all the benefits.

Is It IBS Or Gluten Intolerance? Part 2

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

In my prior Blog I mentioned various symptoms that relate to IBS.  I did not mention last time about the various tests and MRI scans that the physicians can now use and many new medications such as Viberzi that are being used and tested.  These issues you should discuss with your physician.  The food triggers that seems to start symptoms of IBS are many.  Some I noted in my prior Blog such as: dairy products, alcohol, chocolate, fruits, and fatty meats. Eating out can be a scary exercise due to the response you might get.  Use of probiotics, Acidophilus (in pill or yogurt form) is a must.  Extra fiber is also recommended.  It use to be “psyllum seed” was the fiber of choice.  Now other fibers such as ” acacia senegal” are also used.

Lost of the Lactose enzyme is common in IBS.  Whether it is restored or not depends on the individual, their health, and their age.

Gluten Intolerance is an auto-immune response to the protein “gluten”.  Once you ingest the protein is takes up to 72 hours for the response.  The reaction also goes away up to 72 hours after the last amount of gluten is ingested.  If the reaction is immediate it is not intolerance.  It can be an allergy which is treated differently.  Consult you physician.  Lactose intolerance can be associated with gluten intolerance.  It has been my experience that once the gluten problem is under control, the lactose intolerance will also cease.  However, again this is not always true with each individual’s response being different.  Once again the age issue is important for the person to be able to ingest diary product again.

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.