What To Do If You’re Gluten Intolerant
Watching your diet is one of the most important things do to do if you have a gluten intolerance. Foods to avoid typically include wheat and similar grains. However, if you have wheat intolerance alone, you do not necessarily need to avoid gluten in general.
To start getting to the bottom of your dietary issues, we recommend starting a gluten intolerance elimination diet. First things first, you’ll need to cut gluten out of your diet entirely. Of course, this may unfortunately mean that some popular dishes and drinks may no longer be available to you – pasta and processed foods such as bread are usually the big offenders, but also beer and ales will also have to take a backseat.
Surprisingly, not all food grains contain gluten. Some gluten-free foods include wild rice, corn, buckwheat, millet, amaranth, quinoa, soybeans and sunflower seeds. Additionally, there is a huge selection of “gluten free-from” foods in most supermarkets, with the selection growing every year.
What Is The Impact Of Being Gluten Intolerant?
Your body produces food-specific IgG antibodies as a defence against certain ingredients that may not agree with you. This reaction takes place when incompletely digested food particles enter the bloodstream and are treated as foreign substances – antibodies are formed and can generate an inflammatory response.
For some gluten intolerance sufferers, being thought of as a fussy eater in social situations can be another concern, in addition to dealing with the common symptoms. Whilst there will definitely be an adjustment period, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll adapt to reaching for gluten-free rather than wheat-based products on your weekly shop.
In addition, given the ever-increasing awareness of gluten intolerance, many restaurants now offer gluten-free products. For example, Carluccio’s restaurants offer gluten-free pasta on their menus, =so having a gluten intolerance doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to all treats when eating out.
How To Tell If You Have A Gluten Intolerance
After experiencing the common symptoms of gluten intolerance, many people try keeping a food diary or cutting out certain foods themselves, but it can be hard to ascertain for sure what the culprits are. Moreover, a diet suitable for one person may not help another, as every individual has their own food triggers.
However, since symptoms may not show for up to three days after eating problem ingredients and, on average, people react to between four and six ingredients, it is sometimes difficult to work out what specifically is causing a reaction.
Is There A Gluten Intolerance Test?
If you often feel bloated or get constipation and stomach pain after eating, you should first be examined by your doctor before cutting things out of your diet or deciding to go gluten-free.
If you get the medical all-clear and think certain foods could be contributing to your symptoms, it is worth considering a food intolerance test. Food intolerance is characterised as a delayed onset food reaction and is estimated to affect 45% of the UK population.
Understanding your personal food and drink intolerances, or ‘food fingerprint’, can help you identify what your body is reacting to. A YorkTest Premium Food Intolerance Test can pinpoint precisely which foods are causing elevated levels of IgG antibodies in your blood, as it tests reactions to more than 200 ingredients and shows your degree of reaction through a ‘traffic light’ system.
It is also important to get expert nutritional advice, so you can replace your trigger foods with balanced alternatives and maintain a healthy diet.
Dr Gill Hart, Scientific Director at YorkTest, says:
“A lot of people now are self-diagnosing, the fad being gluten-free and dairy-free. People are doing that without any support and sometimes without replacing eliminated foods with something equally nutritious.
“They are doing that on their own and starting an elimination diet with no knowledge at all. What YorkTest provides is a starting point for an elimination diet, with results that reflect the body’s needs. The IgG antibodies are there in your blood, we measure them accurately and let you know about the foods your body is fighting.
“We encourage anyone who experiences negative symptoms after eating and drinking that they think may be attributable to food or drink ingredients to find out what’s personally holding them back from being the healthiest they can be. We’ve learnt from our customers’ feedback that diet personalisation not only holds the key to good health, but to losing weight, too.”