You don’t have to live your life in pain, suffering body aches, digestive issues or in a mental funk. Check out this list of wheat allergy symptoms to see if you suffer from gluten intolerance. There are over 300 symptoms associated to wheat allergies or celiac disease. This is a list of the most common, is you suffer from a number of these you could have a gluten intolerance. Fatigue – sometimes diagnosed as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Skin Problems Dermatitis Herpetiformis – a skin rash that may or may not form blisters. Acme – inflammation can be a cause of acme. Eczema – may also be caused by inflammation. Rosacea – red patches on the face, can be mistaken for acme or eczema. Dry Eye – maybe a side effect of Rosacea. Joint Pain – a constant aching in all joints, but each person may experience pains in just a few joints. Numbness or Tingling in extremities Digestive Issues Diarrhea – I don’t think you need a graphic description. Constipation – although most people associate diarrhea with wheat allergies, some people will experience bouts of constipation, or both at different times. Heartburn – this may be caused by the other digestive problems. Bloating/Gas – if you or someone close to you had this you know what it is. Gluten Caused Asthma – some believe there is a correlation between gluten and asthma. The asthma and allergy foundation lists asthma as one of the most common signs of wheat allergies. Anemia – a disorder of the red blood cells causes distress or fatigue throughout the body as it does not get enough oxygen or other nutrients. Infertility – some studies are looking into celiac and infertility, while some are looking into wheat sensitivity as well. Depression, Anxiety & Irritability – all three have been linked to gluten. Brain Fog Headaches – may develop within an hour of eating. Disorganization – difficulty concentrating or losing your train of thought. Attention Deficit – gluten is being added to the long list of ADHD triggers along with dyes,...
When starting a wheat free diet you’ll have hundreds of questions, I know I did. In the beginning when I finally accepted that I might have an allergy to wheat I wanted to know all about the different types of wheat and gluten allergies. Then when I decided to give a wheat free lifestyle a try I had to figure out what I could and couldn’t eat. I used books, magazines and the internet to answer the questions I had. Luckily for you I’m going to put all the answers I find here, so all you have to do is visit this site. What is Gluten? Gluten is a protein found in many grains, most prominently wheat. It is what gives dough its sticky fibers, or some would say it is the glue that holds dough together. As a matter of fact the term gluten actually means glue in Latin. Gluten is what gives bread it’s great chewy texture and pizza dough and tortillas the ability to hold together when stretched very thin. Gluten is also a protein that a small but growing segment of the population is allergic to. The growth in wheat intolerance and celiac diagnosis may be due to an increased public awareness of gluten and its effect on the human body, or there are some who believe that the genetic manipulation of wheat over the past century has changed wheat enough that are bodies can no longer tolerate it. What Grains Contain Gluten? Gluten is found in all grains, but the gluten in some grains like corn and rice do not affect those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. It is the gluten in wheat, or some of the grains in the wheat family that adversely affect many. When it comes to gluten allergies wheat seem to garner most of the attention, that’s because wheat is everywhere and in almost everything. Wheat is what much of our daily diet is made ofOur in my case almost all of my diet, it’s cheap compared to other food sources, and the governments...
How long can Someone drag Their feet? For about a year I’ve suspected that I might have a sensitivity to wheat, but I would always push the thought from my head. I simply couldn’t conceive of a life without wheat, so I didn’t. I did however talk to anyone with gluten intolerance or celiac disease, and what I found was that most of the people who had recently given up gluten said it was the best thing they ever did. How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is telling him. Frank Herbert The first person who told me this was a gentleman in his early forties who almost glowed with happiness as he told me he felt like a new person, after giving up wheat. Before he claimed his joints hurt constantly, he had weight around his belly that he could never get rid of, he was always tired and worn out, and his memory was horrible, then worse of all he said he felt like he was dying. Denial is very strong and clever; it will find any crack in an argument and use it. After talking with this guy I remember thinking wow that guy could have been talking about me. About how I feel every day, but I certainly don’t feel like I’m dying. So I must have some other problem, that’s what I kept telling myself over and over and over as my brain kept replaying our conversation. Then one day the logical part of my brain (the part I rarely listen to) made a startling discovery, as I was thinking WOW that guys problem sounds just like mine except that I don’t feel like I’m dying, Mr. logical brain replied “no I just feel like I’m waiting to die”. This thought came out of nowhere and it really hit home, I really did feel like I was waiting to die. I did not feel like I was 47 years old I felt like I was 67 years old....
Why Go Wheat Free?
It is true that the greatest journeys begin with a single step, and if you suffer from gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity that first step could lead you to a healthier, happier more productive life. But for many people with wheat sensitivity the journey actually starts years before that first step.
Wheat allergies or more precisely gluten allergies have a very wide variety of symptoms, so wide in fact that until recently many in medical professionals never saw the connection between them. As a matter of fact “Gluten Free” seems to be hot topic right now because many doctors are just now beginning to believe wheat and gluten may be the cause of so many of these aliments.
Food allergies affect everyone differently.
I’ve owned a wine shop for about twenty years, and I’ve been asked hundreds of times “why does red wine do this to me” or “why does this happen when I drink white wine”. Years ago I set out to create a brochure for my customers explaining all the troublesome stimuli in wine and what each of these triggers do to the body. What I found was that everyone’s body reacts differently to these triggers. Therefore the only simple explanation was everyone’s body reacts differently to the same sip of wine.
So Where Did My Journey Begin?
I’m 47 years old and finally excepting that I may have an allergy to wheat, but I can look back now and see the signs were there for more than a decade, symptoms that I would always explain away. My sore/stiff back was due to a car accident 25 years earlier. The dermatitis on my back and scalp was due to fabric softener (scalp?). Knees that I could barely bend had to be due to a skiing accident in high school. There were many other signs as well, but I always came up with other explanations, after all it couldn’t be the bread.
Why are so many people showing signs of wheat sensitivity?
Working in my wine shop I would always get questions about wheat and gluten in alcoholic drinks. Twenty years ago if we had one customer a year coming in for a gluten free product that was a lot. Then about ten years ago I noticed more and more customers coming into the store looking for certain vodkas made without wheat, and asking about gluten content in whiskey. A few years ago there was a noticeable increase in customers looking for gluten free beers or ciders as well as other wheat free drink alternatives. All of this got me thinking what the heck happened to people that made them unable to eat or drink wheat?
A Chance Discovery “Wheat Belly”.
About a year ago I happened upon the book Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis. This book caught my attention and the back cover revealed Dr. Davis’s compelling case that the wheat we eat today is not the same wheat humans have consumed for thousands of years. I read this book because I wanted to understand why I was seeing such an increased interest in gluten free products. What I didn’t expect to find was a complete explanation of what was going on, or should I say going wrong with my body.
The thought of a life without bread, pasta, or whiskyIts pretty ironic that someone with wheat sensitivity has another website called MaltBuzz.com was impossible to consider so I tried to ignore all the signs, but now after a year of denial I’m ready to take my first step and start my Wheat Free Journey.
Most importantly I’m sharing what I learn with the world; if I get something wrong please correct me. So here goes, won’t you join me on the first step of The Journey. Start The Journey