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Posted on 02/14/2017 in Category 1

How Do People Become Gluten Intolerant?

How Do People Become Gluten Intolerant?

The term “gluten intolerant” is a phrase that many people have only heard for the first time in recent years. If you’re struggling to understand why it appears that so many people have become gluten intolerant all of a sudden, allow us to explain. Gluten intolerance is a non-coeliac sensitivity to gluten. It’s not a new concept, it’s not a new condition; it’s something that may have been in your family for years but no one has realised it for what it was. 

Those who are gluten intolerant typically experience side effects such as headaches, bloating, joint or stomach pain, numbness, diarrhoea, fatigue or vomiting within hours or up to days after consumption of gluten. Symptoms can vary in significance from person to person and gluten intolerance can occur in childhood or adulthood.

What causes gluten intolerance?

Quite frequently, the root of your gluten intolerance lies in your genetics, your DNA. If your family members have suffered from gluten intolerance, it means you may be more likely to develop sensitivity to gluten too. In some cases the gluten intolerance becomes apparent in childhood but for most people, gluten sensitivity is not experienced or recognised until adulthood. Sudden trauma, illness, severe stress levels, pregnancy and childbirth are believed to act as triggers of the bacteria sensitivity which leads to gluten intolerance in those who carry the gene of the condition.

You may have enjoyed gluten-rich foods like breads, noodles, pastas, cereals, pancakes, sauces, cakes, pastries,  crackers and beers for years and upon years and yet now find the consumption of those foods/drinks lead to discomfort, illness and/or pain. This is incredibly common!

Have you suddenly developed a sensitivity to gluten?

If you’ve suddenly developed sensitivity to gluten, the first thing you need to do is determine whether your sensitivity is caused by intolerance or an allergy. Before you eliminate gluten from your diet, you need to get tested for coeliac disease. A doctor will be able to determine whether you are a coeliac based on a test for intestinal damage.

If you are found not to suffer from coeliac disease, the best next course of action is to eliminate gluten completely from your diet and monitor the results. Gluten free products are so easy to come by so it won’t prove so difficult. By swapping the obvious offenders for gluten free alternatives and carefully casting an eye over the ingredients label of other foods and drink, you will be able to sustain a gluten free diet. If you are intolerant, you will certainly reap the rewards. Many people even find that they are able to successfully reintroduce gluten based foods into their diets after a period of abstinence.

Gluten intolerance is prevalent among Irish adults; if you are experiencing gluten sensitivity, it’s important to get Coeliac tested and then regardless of the results, trial abstaining from gluten for 6 weeks and monitoring the results.

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