Take This Short Quiz….Your Health May Depend On It!
Do you suffer with digestive problems?
- Do you have unexplained fatigue especially after you eat?
- Is your body fat increasing?
- Are you anxious and easily aggravated or suffer with depression?
- Do you have muscle or joint discomfort?
- Do you feel foggy headed at times during the day?
- Do you get numbness or tingling in your arms or legs?
- Do you experience muscle tension or muscle cramping?
- Are you prone to skin rashes?
- Do you experience Migraines?
If you have been trying to find a doctor to help you determine what all these symptoms are, you may be spinning your wheels and getting very frustrated. These are all symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity, Gluten Intolerance, Pre-Celiac and Celiac.
Standard blood work seldom shows positive for Celiac or that you are gluten sensitive and it sometimes takes years of suffering before a diagnoses is found. Eventually your enzyme function is poor enough and you have over indulged in gluten products for years and the blood work from your fourth try with a gastroenterologist finally shows positive. Even biopsies of the small intestines may not give you the answer your body needs.
You end up on that medication band wagon or you change your life style to accommodate bathrooms. Many do not eat if they have appointments or social outings so they won’t have accidents or stomach issues during that time frame. Even if they do get lucky and find something in your blood work, they hand you medications such as Humira (this is offered for psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, crohn’s, etc.) or some sort of steroid instead of addressing the issues.
Gluten sensitivity is also associated with adrenal fatigue and the female hormone imbalances. Women in peri-menopause have worse digestive problems, increase of fat, fatigue and unstable moods. Men in andropause experience similar symptoms with the increase of fat in the chest, belly and acting more aggravated as well as losing strength of muscle.
How Can I Help My “Gluten Sensitivity”?
Many are seeking out informed natural health practitioners. They are choosing to investigate the reason the problems exist instead of taking a pill for every little thing they experience. Handfuls of expensive medications which offer instant relief with a bunch of side effects isn’t being tolerated any longer.
Why Just a “Gluten Free Diet” May Not Be Enough.
Gluten free diet means more than just not eating wheat products. You may have more problems then just eliminating your pasta. There are other grains that contain gluten. The offender is gliadin which is found in all gluten grains. Glutens can be found in wheat, rye, barley, spelt and kamut. The gluten tends to destroy the villi that lines your small intestines and blocks proper absorption of your foods. Some families think that “gluten sensitivity” is a hereditary factor because more than 10% of those afflicted have family members with the same problems.
In my 30 year practice, I have found the commonality of family members that need a gluten free diet to be the same blood type. The other common factor is that each family has their customary diet from prior generations that becomes their favorite foods. Unfortunately most of them contain gluten. When they eat the abundance of these foods their intestinal tracks are full of inflammation. Using certain types of systemic enzymes helps to lower the inflammation which gives relief to the pain and discomfort. The inability to absorb properly leaves the whole body open to deficiencies that lead to all types of physical annoying issues.
In the medical community a strong relationship has been established between gluten sensitivity and the problems with estrogen and progesterone. PCOS and gluten free diet seems a likely choice. There is no exact long term studies listed but many “Gluten Free” websites list that women that eat a “gluten free diet” tend to decrease their symptoms of PCOS.
Over the years it has been written that mood is effected by a gluten diet. Age is not a factor other than in the area of pre-menopausal problems. It effects young children as well as older. Some people feel they outgrow their digestive problems. Typically that is not true. They just start manifesting in other ways. The body is trying to get a point across and when you do not pay attention, it finds another route or symptom to annoy your life. Since it is not your stomach or bathroom issues, your headaches or skin conditions become a whole new problem. Clients try to tell me they don’t have allergies to anything because they are not sneezing, wiping noses or have runny eyes. They do however experience skin issues, migraines, mood problems, sleep disorders, acne and women have horrible cycle issues or things like the PCOS. They even defend it by using their doctor saying that they can eat anything and that their diets have nothing to do with the issues they are having with their health. Yikes!
I Can’t Stop Craving Gluten (Starchy) Foods?
At our office, we go over all the deficiencies that create the desire to eat gluten foods known as bread, pasta, cereal, cookies, pizza, etc. Most start to panic when told to leave alone gluten foods and start living on a “gluten free diet.” They respond as if they had just been punished for a crime.
Why Do I Crave Gluten Foods So Much?
When you eat the foods that contain glutens, the intestinal track reaches the level of damage that stressesout your body. That stress releases gluteomorphines. These are the endorphins released by your body that create a “natural high.” Any type of substance consumed that offers a temporary up can become an addiction. When the endorphins decrease, these morphine-like chemicals drop and your brain triggers a craving for the gluten foods again. Otherwise known as “comfort foods”. This is also where the description of a “Carb Addict” comes from. Some vegetarians find it really hard because they consume lots of pasta, cereal, bread, etc. as their main staple.
What Helps With All the Cravings?
Trying to go gluten free by yourself is a tough adventure. You may experience withdrawal symptoms the same as any other addiction. Hunger, headaches, sleep difficulties or irritable moods are very common. They can last for a couple of months. A good nutritionist can help you design more of a balanced daily diet. In our office we also utilize supplements that address your individual issues (moods, cravings, fatigue, headaches, etc.) and curb the desire to eat all the starchy, gluten foods. Garcinia Cambogia or at least L-tyrosine are something you can try if you are determined to do this alone. There are different supplements for glucose, fats, cravings. Eating healthy vegetables, fruits, proper proteins and gluten free grains is a start. Many give up too quickly when their sleep is disturbed or the hungry feeling hits. They think carbs help them quiet their minds. That is why we have the help you need. Some still have issues because one of their new choices tends to be soy based foods. A good percentage of people that are sensitive to gluten foods are also sensitive to soy foods. The exact same digestive problems and cravings are still there and that makes them give up on their gluten free diet.
I Could Eat These Foods Before, Why Can’t I Eat Them Now?
Eating a lot of any one food (even those deemed as totally healthy) can spark an allergy and stress out the digestive system. This tends to also create an immune response. When repeatedly eating the same foods, the stress and ability of particular enzymes to continuously break down those foods is compromised. Your gut takes the brunt of the disturbance and begins to share the wealth as many different symptoms, as you already know.
Can I Go Back To Eating What I Want Once I Feel Better?
Being gluten sensitive is forever. It is listed under autoimmune disorders. I feel they call it genetic because most likely you are a common blood type and do not make the enzymes to handle the gluten foods. The only way to keep the horrible intestinal bloat, diarrhea and painful cramping under control is to stay eating gluten free. You really won’t want to go back to a full load of eating carbs because when you stray, the ultimate result is discomfort. You really do get better at it as you go along. Many used to eat what they wanted on special occasions. I can tell you first hand that we eventually give it up then too. Discomfort, poor sleep and moodiness are not things you look forward to experiencing. If you slip backwards all you have to do is get back on track or start utilizing supplements that help.
When Gluten Food Changes Aren’t Enough
When just dropping your gluten foods isn’t enough, it may be time to address specific problems. You may be harboring an overgrowth of bacteria, parasites or the dreaded yeast! There are lab tests for a few types of these annoying free loaders but if you experience the same types of problems that gluten foods cause, a more natural approach may be the best remedy. Fatigue, weight gain, bloat, nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain and even weight loss are typical. They thrive and make you crave gluten and sugar laden foods. So, if your diet isn’t enough and you feel you may have parasites – go the next step and call for an appointment. This is not something to put yourself through on your own.
What Can I Drink?
You already know I am going to say water. Your body is composed of at least 70%. It is the drink of choice as it also provides nutrients and helps you eliminate toxins. If your urine is not clear, it is a true sign of not consuming enough water in a day.
If you are a beer drinker, it is time to change. Beer is your favorite because it contains gluten. Are you starting to see that the food items you seem to love the most contain your biggest enemy – gluten? Juices, soda or alcoholic drinks contain sugars. These drinks all feed the enemy and make you want more!
Don’t be a prisoner to food allergies or gluten intolerance when there is help available. Just because your doctor has nothing medical to offer does not mean there is no help for you. Natural Remedies have been around since the beginning of time. Plants were put here for a reason. Chemicals cause repercussions of their own, just listen to commercials for medications and their long list of side effects. Even though everyone is not gluten intolerant, it is a benefit to everyone to leave it alone for periods of time. It will get everyone to consume less of the processed foods and refined foods that always contain gluten. It will help us all to eat a little healthier! Just remember if you are sensitive to gluten foods, it will be that way forever.