Gluten Intolerance: Not Sure If You Have It?
Gluten intolerance is difficult to diagnose because several other issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome or celiac disease, may cause many of the same symptoms. There is no definitive test to tell a doctor that someone specifically has gluten intolerance, so doctors are often hesitant to attribute symptoms to it.
Self-Testing for Gluten Intolerance
If you suspect that you may have gluten intolerance, you can do some testing of your own. The first step is an elimination diet. For 1-3 months, remove all gluten from your diet. Gluten is found in wheat, rye, and barley. This means eliminating most pizza, pasta, breads, cereals, cakes, cookies, etc. Watch food labels, as gluten is hidden in many of the processed foods we eat.
Instead, replace these foods with ones that have anti-inflammatory benefits such as fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, organic meats and raw dairy products. Also use alternative grains such as quinoa, amaranth, brown rice, almond flour, coconut flour, chickpea flour, millet, buckwheat, teff, or sorghum. At the end of this period, re-introduce gluten. If you felt better when gluten was out of your diet and worse when it returned, you probably have a gluten intolerance.
Muscle Testing to Determine Gluten Intolerance
Muscle testing is another way to determine if you are experiencing an allergic reaction to gluten. (This testing is done without penetrating the skin or using any invasive procedures.) Once the gluten intolerance is confirmed, we can modify the way the body responds to it. This is not necessarily a life-long issue. Once the body is desensitized and then when the proper digestive enzymes are added, gluten can be broken down by the body again without symptoms. If you are interested in muscle testing to determine your body’s reaction to gluten, give us a call at 864-963-9304 for a free consultation.