I have been working with people with gluten sensitivities way before it became a popular diet. Here is an excerpt from my first book, Daelicious! Recipes for Vibrant Living, giving a brief explanation of a gluten free diet. I call it a gluten free food lifestyle because it is behavior that is best practiced forever for those who have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease.
Wheat has a protein called gluten which is difficult for some people to digest. This protein acts as an antigen. Some people have reactions between the gluten antigen and the immune system, causing antibodies to be formed. This antigen-antibody reaction can present itself with a variety of symptoms. The reaction is challenging to track because it can appear up to 72 hours after an exposure to wheat. The most common symptoms are skin rashes or hives, gastrointestinal distress, and breathing problems.
Grains containing gluten and gliadin such as rye, couscous, spelt, barley, and oats can cause the same reaction as wheat. This condition is known as Celiac Disease, which can be determined with a simple blood test. People with Celiac will need more specific information to successfully transform their diet. I recommend making an appointment to find out if you think you have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. For additional information, visit www.celiac.com and www.glutenfreediet.com. Gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity is not always positive on a celiac test, so eliminating all gluten from the diet may be necessary to see a reduction of symptoms or may be the best way to discover discover this problem.
For sensitivities to gluten check food labels for the following:
wheat, whole wheat, flour, farina, wheat germ, semolina, wheat starch, bran, durum, and gluten. Wheat can be hidden in many other foods like beverages, bread, cereals, pastries, dessert, hamburger mixes, soy sauce and salad dressings.
Some of the most health conditions that have benefited from this type of Food Lifestyle in my practice have been: Celiac Disease, headaches, sinus problems, allergies, difficulty losing weight, abdominal pain or bloating, rashes and skin conditions.