There is a lot of discussion surrounding wheat and the protein gluten these days. Gluten intolerance. Is it real? Is it a fad? There are definitely people who suffer from gluten/wheat intolerance and there are real diseases like Celiac and chronic inflammation. Many people suffer from autoimmune conditions that can be traced back to gluten and wheat.
So what’s your opinion? Could you be gluten intolerant? How might it effect you?
There are two ways to test for gluten intolerance. A blood test or an elimination diet. While a blood test will confirm gluten sensitivity, an elimination diet will really help you focus on the problem.
Here’s an easy way to implement the elimination diet into your routine and find out if you’re gluten intolerant.
-Eliminate all gluten for a short period of time(2-4 weeks).
-For this diet to work, you must eliminate gluten 100%! Beware of hidden sources in processed foods, supplements and even household goods. For a complete list of foods that contain gluten check out, www.celiac.com.
-In 2-4 weeks reintroduce gluten back into your diet. If symptoms reappear that are making you sick and unhealthy then you have some level of gluten intolerance.
So you’ve completed the elimination diet and it looks like you’re gluten intolerant. What’s next? Consult your doctor or a health coach. It could be that you will need to permanently remove gluten from your diet.
The debate on wheat and gluten will continue and I welcome the discussion on gluten free awareness. In the meantime, why not find out for yourself? Maybe you’re fine. Maybe this simple test could change your life. I know one thing, it will lead you to a healthier diet. Aren’t you a little curious?
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Have a healthy day.