What is Gluten? Gluten is a sticky protein present in wheat. The presence of wheat and wheat products, particularly processed and refined varieties, have resulted in a greater percentage of the population developing gluten intolerance or an allergy to gluten. This is the reason Gluten free diets and gluten free menus have become popular at restaurants and are more prevalent.
So, How Does Gluten Affect Our Health And Body?
Celiac disease: A serious disease which often goes undetected.
If you consume gluten and develop some type of allergic reaction and a few people have a gluten intolerance which means they will have some type of adverse side effects to your body and health from eating gluten foods. Those people who can’t tolerate it have gluten allergy called Celiac disease and is a serious digestive disorder that is increasing rapidly. One in seven people are sensitive to gluten but test negative when checked for celiac disease. Though, for people who have celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is essential, but others if take a gluten-free diet can lack vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
In celiac disease, gluten causes a resistant response that targets the intestinal villi. These finger-like projections take control of all nutrient absorption. The damage caused by the gluten flattens the villi over time so gradual decline in health is a genuine aftereffect of celiac disease.
Celiac disease is also known by other terms as celiac sprue, nontropical sprue and gluten-sensitive enteropathy. . It is some of the time activated or initiated by childbirth, pregnancy, severe anxiety, emotional stress, surgery or a viral infection. The symptoms of this disease are so diverse that many people around the world are not even aware that the disease is present.
How can you check if you have celiac disease?
You can know if you celiac disease or not by getting a test done. Blood test is the first test that detects antibodies related to an abnormal immune response. If the blood test result is positive, a biopsy is performed to make sure if there is inflammation in the lining of the small intestines of your body.
What if you don’t have such disease?
Some people may be have adverse side effects from gluten but don’t have the celiac disease. These people may prefer a less gluten diet.
- Joint pain
- Itchy, blistery skin rash
- Damage to dental enamel
- Anemia, results from iron deficiency
- Osteoporosis-loss of bone density
- Mouth ulcers
- Headaches and fatigue
- Nervous system injury, numbness and tingling in the feet and hands,
- Problems with cognitive impairment and balance
- Hyposplenism-reduced functioning of the spleen
- Chronic diarrhea
- Muscle wasting
- Swollen belly
- Failure to thrive
- Poor appetite
Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance can cause:
- Loss of calcium and bone density
- Infertility and miscarriage
- Lactose intolerance
- Neurological problems
- Wheat, Rye, Barley, Emmer, Einkorn, Triticale (a combination of wheat and rye), and Spelt
- Beer, Ale, etc.
- Breading prepared from wheat or floured meat, poultry, seafood and vegetables such as soy and teriyaki sauces
- Wheat Products: bran, durum flour, bromated flour, enriched flour, plain flour, farina, phosphate flour, self-rising flour, and white flour
- Flours prepared from gluten-free grain, beans, nuts and coconut.
- Corn-corn flour, corn meal, grits, etc.
- Plain rice-white, brown, wild, basmati, enriched rice, etc.
- Arrowroot, buckwheat, amaranth,millet, quinoa, sorghum, soy, cassava, flax, tapioca and teff.
The foundation of a healthy gluten free diet, as following any eating regime, should be natural foods that are listed above. Individuals with celiac disease will keep on eliminating wheat products from their diet. Luckily, increasing awareness among people about such conditions will continue to make that health challenge easier to handle. I guess now you know how does Gluten affect our health and body?