What is Gluten Intolerance?
Gluten Intolerance is a condition that results in an adverse physical reaction when products containing gluten are ingested. The condition, which can become severe is unfortunately, not curable: If left undiagnosed gluten intolerance can result in damage to the small intestine leading to malnutrition. More than 50 diseases have been linked to gluten. It’s estimated that 99% of the people who have either gluten intolerance or Coeliac Disease are never diagnosed. It is also estimated that as much as 45% of the UK population may be gluten intolerant. Could you be one of them?
Do you have any of the following symptoms?
1. Problems with gas, bloating, diarrhoea or constipation.
2. Keratosis Pilaris, a condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough, slightly red, bumps on the skin; most often appearing on the back and outer sides of the arm.
3. Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ulcerative Colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple Sclerosis.
4. General fatigue, difficultly with concentrating and the feeling of tiredness especially after eating a meal that contains gluten.
5. Dizziness or the feeling of being off balance.
6. Severe migraine type headaches.
7. Pre-menstrual Syndrome (PMS), Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) or unexplained infertility.
8. Anxiety, depression or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). 9. Inflammation, swelling or pain in your joints such as fingers, knees or hips.
What are the sources of Gluten?
Natural sources of gluten include Wheat, Barley and Rye. In processed foods, gluten can be found in virtually all varieties of bread, in some cereals and in biscuits. If the product you are buying includes wheat flour, barley or rye in the ingredients list then the chances are it also contains gluten.