A gluten-free nutrition plan seems to be the latest eating trend. The question remains as to whether being “gluten intolerant” is a fad or if it is a real concern in our fast-food, over-processed, sugar and wheat-laden eating habits.
In fact, according to recent poll conducted by The NDP Group, 30% percent of adults said they wanted to “cut down or be free of gluten.” This is a problem since whole wheat is considered one of our major sources in dietary fiber.
“The average American diet is deficient in fiber,” says Dr. Leffler, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. He goes on to say, “take away whole wheat and the problem gets worse.”
So how do you know if you are one of the 10%? Well, your doctor can tell you. Before seeing your doctor, however, it might be helpful to go in with a food journal. Keep track of what you are eating and when. Specifically, pay attention to how you feel after eating certain meals. Information is important, and the more you have, the better chance your doctor can help you find out what is going on.
TEN SIGNS OF GLUTEN INTOLERANCE:
1. IRREGULAR DIGESTION
One of the most common indications of gluten intolerance is continual irregular digestion including excessive gas, bloating and even constipation or diarrhea.
2. FREQUENT MOOD CHANGES
Frequent and severe mood changes may be seen in those people with an intolerance to gluten. If you are feeling depressed, anxious, or overly-active, pay attention to when these frequent mood changes are happening.
3. JOINT PROBLEMS
Inflammation is a common cause of aching knees and other joints. For some people, gluten can cause an increase of inflammation in the body.
4. KERATOSIS PILARIS
Keratosis Pilaris, also known as chicken skin, because of the raised bumps on the surface of the skin. They are caused by the inability to properly absorb fatty acids and vitamin A. This manifests itself after intestinal damage caused by constant exposure to gluten over time.