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Gluten intolerance is a term used to describe all of the categories and levels of allergies within the wheat and gluten range including celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity and wheat allergy. Celiac disease is often thought be the same as gluten intolerance but is actually an autoimmune disease which is hereditary and causes serious illness as it actually damages the soft tissue of the intestinal tract. It also affects the small intestine’s capability to digest properly.

Celiac disease is fueled by the body’s immune system reacting to gliadin, a gluten protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and sometimes oats. Celiac sufferers can miss out on absorbing nutrients and minerals if affected by gluten. There is no cure for Celiac disease and the only treatment is avoiding ALL traces of gluten.

Non-Celiac gluten sensitivity, gluten intolerance, and wheat allergies actually cause the body’s immune system to think the protein in the food is an enemy and so the immune system attacks and causes the response which can come in the form of similar symptoms to celiac but not usually as severe. These symptoms are:

  • Digestive problems and stomach pain after eating gluten.
  • Fatigue, feeling tired or foggy after eating a meal that contains gluten.
  • Inflammation and pain in joints such as hands, etc.
  • Depression, anxiety, mood swings and even attention deficit disorder
  • Being diagnosed with another autoimmune disease such as Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriasis, Scleroderma, Ulcerative colitis, Hashimoto's/Graves Thyroiditis, Lupus, or Multiple sclerosis.
  • Dizziness or feeling off balance. Inflammation and pain in joints such as hands, etc.
  • Hormone imbalances such as PMS, Infertility, Polycystic Ovaries Syndrome COS
  • Migraines
  • Having fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue which can be mistakenly diagnosed.
  • Keratosis Pilaris, ('chicken skin' on the back of your arms).

The Gluten Intolerance test at home:-

If you suspect you may have a gluten related disorder, there are now tests you can use in the comfort of your own home. A home test kit makes it a simple process. It is painless, convenient, safe and very accurate. The most common gluten intolerance tests are the stool test and the saliva test.

The Stool Test

Once a small sample of stool is taken you can send it to the lab in a prepaid envelope and receive confidential and easy to read results in as little as five days.

The Saliva test

Once a sample of saliva is taken, the sample is also sent to the lab using an included reply paid envelope and results can be read in 5 to 7 days.

If you discover you are gluten intolerant, some supermarkets and local stores will sell food items which are gluten-free. Always check packets of food before eating anything and when you are eating out be sure to confirm with staff of restaurants and cafes exactly how the food was prepared including workspaces and utensils. And will seem difficult at first but this is your health after all.

There are check-cards from various websites that you can also download and carry with you that say what you are allergic to and you can just hand one of these to staff it causes you unrest to ask. Having a gluten related disorder is on the increase and there are many support networks and information sites available now. Check in with these resources to help you on your journey.

Gluten Intolerance

Many people can be affected by gluten intolerance without even realizing it. Four or more symptoms such as frequent bloating or gas, daily diarrhea or chronic constipation may be impacting your health. If you have to monitor your gluten levels already, you’ll be pleased to learn you can now carry out a test in the comfort of your own home. The results will give you a good estimate of what types of foods to avoid so you can become gluten intolerant free. Finding the best program for your diet can be arranged through testing, analysis and diagnosis.

Read on to find out more about gluten intolerance test kits and support, resources, links, including counseling and advice.

Products

When it comes to finding quality products for gluten intolerance testing, the internet is ideal. There’s plenty of online info on the products which are the best for you via a variety of different platforms to help monitor gluten.

Home testing – home test kits use a simple process, painless, easy to do and very accurate. Provide a stool or saliva sample, send it to a laboratory in a prepaid envelope. You won’t have long to wait for the confidential results. Browse here to find out what is involved with a home test kit.

Physician tests – if you wish you can have a similar gluten intolerance test carried out at your doctors or closest health clinic. A health professional will send the sample to be tested in order to determine your gluten intolerance levels here

Resources and Links: 

Celiac Disease Foundation: www.celiac.org

US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Counselling for Celiacs with Type 1 Diabetes: Todays Dietitian www.todaysdietitian.com