Gluten Intolerance Symptoms.  A Large List That Fits Multiple Ailments.

"The idea that gluten can change our biochemistry down to our brain's pleasure and addiction center is remarkable.  And scary.  It means we need to re-think how we categorize those foods if they are indeed the mind-altering agents that science proves they are."   Dr. David Perlmutter, author of "Grain Brain."

A chart of gluten intolerance symptoms could fill an entire page and probably still be incomplete.  In this installment we'll go over some of the signals and we'll also discuss similar diseases that carry the same warning signs.

A key part to understand right away is the actual wording of our subject for today.  Too often these manifestations are also labeled as a gluten allergy.  This is a misnomer.  There really isn't a gluten allergy.  That isn't to say that an allergy could not be the cause of gluten intolerance symptoms however. 

Is that confusing enough for you?  We'll attempt to clear it up in the next few paragraphs.

A Partial List Of Gluten Intolerance Symptoms

Here are some signs of possible gluten reactions.

Anemia

Back Pain

Abdominal Cramps

Headaches

Hypoglycemia

Vomiting

Sudden Weight Loss

Brain Fog

Dizziness

Lack Of Proper Growth

Tingling In Arms And Legs

Diarrhea

Constipation

Depression or Anxiety

As the sub-headline at the top of the page tells us, new research is indicating that gluten health risks are much more involved than just intestinal.  Just below are some less obvious conditions that could be related to gluten intolerance.

ADHD                                Autism

Loss of balance                  Autoimmune diseases

Chronic illness                   Delayed growth

Hives                                Infertility

Migraines                          Irritable bowel syndrome

Parkinson's                        Malabsorption of food

Seizures/Epilepsy                Sugar cravings

There are many more.  But as you can see, these possible gluten intolerance symptoms are hardly isolated to a single condition or disease.  There are actually three that are typically considered as being related to gluten.  We'll go over them in order of most recognized to least.

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease used to be the main culprit in terms of gluten related illness.  It is also not an allergy, but rather an autoimmune disease.  But many of the gluten intolerance symptoms are accurate markers for celiac disease.  This disease affects our intestines.  Specifically the linings which are damaged by inflammation causing an inability to absorb vital nutrients. 

This can lead to damage to our brains, liver and other important organs.  Victims will notice bloating, dizziness and stomach pain.  Stunted growth may also occur.

There isn't a known cure other than strict abstinence from any gluten product.  Here is a list of  "gluten foods."

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

Quite a few people have gluten intolerance symptoms but are cleared of celiac disease by blood tests.  This condition is often not as severe nor as damaging to the intestines as celiac disease.  More likely their symptoms will include dizziness, numbness in the legs and arms and either headache or foggy brain. 

This condition has only recently been verified.  In the past it was cut and dried.  You either had celiac disease or you had nothing related to gluten consumption.  Non-celiac gluten sensitivity is also not an allergy.  It is a form of immune response.

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease develop over time.  And because gluten intolerance symptoms are so broad, it is often a tough diagnosis.

So where does the allergy part of that collective term gluten allergy come about? 

Wheat Allergy

Now this is truly an allergy.  And it shares many of those same gluten intolerance symptoms.  But there are a couple distinct differences beginning with the obvious.  Wheat allergy presents it's symptoms very quickly.  If you are allergic to long haired dogs and Lassie runs up to greet you, the results will be very fast.

This is true of wheat allergy victims.  They could experience many of the same symptoms listed above or they could in extreme cases develop anaphylaxis.  This is also shown by rapid heart beat, trouble breathing and a blue tint to skin.  Anaphylaxis can be a life threatening situation.

Just below is a list of terms used in ingredient labels that indicate the presence of wheat along with some products containing wheat.

Drawing Conclusions

This is a difficult page to present.  The list of signals is so broad.  And there is the other side of the equation to consider as I wrote in a previous page.  In this rush to combat gluten insensitivity, we could be leading people into a diet that may be worse for them in the long run.

Many of the foods that line the shelf space under the "gluten free' label are loaded with sugar.  This is already known as a major health concern as we over-consume this white poison. 

We learn more everyday.  And that leads us to make gradual changes.  If you fall into that group of people with the maladies listed in this page, you'll need to be sure to be aware of gluten content.  This link provides more insight into a complex subject.

There is also a book out there titled "Wheat Belly."  The author is William Davis.  He contends that wheat consumption is a cause of the rampant obesity in our world. 

I think it all boils down to the same thing.  Moderation.  Too much wheat especially in the form of bread products will of course add to weight gain.  And we are a world hooked on bread.  How many restaurants bring that hot bread to the table?  How many patrons feel that they are wasting money if the don't eat it?  And how many are over stuffed after eating that bread and then a large plate meal?

In our list of classic books, you'll find an amazing book written by Dr. David Perlmutter.  He explains in "Grain Brain", that grains-all grains-can lead to serious health challenges.  He draws very direct lines from cardiovascular conditions to Alzheimer's disease.

If you have a wheat allergy, of course avoid wheat products.  If you are diagnosed with celiac disease, you must not eat food with any gluten in it.  If you think you may be non-celiac gluten insensitive, try eliminating gluten products for a few weeks.  If you feel better, you may have your answer.  But be sure to consult with your doctor.

It's a tough subject with new information coming out all the time.  We'll stay on top of it here at books-empower.com.

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"Every day we are given hundreds of opportunities to practice compassion in action.  We can learn to be less reactive and live with more patience.

We can smile when others are serious.  We can drive our cars more carefully, pick up litter on the streets, recycle, and reduce our consumption.

We can resolve conflicts rather than create them, and we can become less judgemental and more inclusive.  When someone is aggressive, we can teach them to be more peaceful.  Instead of waiting for an example, we can be the example.

The more compassion that enters your heart, the happier and more peaceful you will become.  By knowing that you are doing your part to create a better world-whatever form that takes-you will fill any void that exists in your life, and you will begin to find the peace you are looking for."

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