Gluten and Other Food Allergies

a note from Daisy Peralta…

The subject of gluten and allergies is very close to my heart. I was diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2006 and almost died from eating gluten most of my life.

Once I went on a gluten-free diet, together with herbs, probiotics and only eating organic foods, my health was restored in a short time. I also dropped over 70 pounds of extra weight.

What is gluten?
It is a protein found in certain grains such as wheat, rye, barley, and oats. Importantly, all grains contain some form of gluten. Thus, it is possible to be sensitive to rice, amaranth, quinoa and corn, even though many gluten-free foods may be based on these grains.

Gluten intolerance or sensitivity, as well as allergies to other food substances or plants (nuts for instance) is now very common. The problem with these allergies and sensitivities is that they cause inflammation in the body and over the long term can even cause serious illnesses. However, as you get healthier these allergies can be minimized or even eliminated.

How do I know if I am gluten intolerant or sensitive?
The best way to know whether you have a gluten intolerance or sensitivity is to get tested. On your next general check up, get blood tests for IgG, IgA, IgM and IgE. These tests look at gluten intolerance/sensitivity from different angles thereby ensuring a greater degree of certainty in diagnosing a gluten issue.

An important second step in identifying a gluten issue is to avoid gluten for a month. In order to accomplish this, you will need to read all the ingredients in all the processed foods you eat. Cereals, pastas, breads, pastries, soy sauce and many other canned or packaged foods contain wheat. Thus, it is best to not eat any of them during your one month. gluten-free period.  If, during this gluten-free month, you feel better and have fewer or no symptoms then you will know that gluten is not good for you.  If this is the case you should avoid gluten for life.  Though you will no longer eat foods containing wheat, oats, barley (beers have gluten) and rye, you will be able to eat gluten-free breads, pastas and other foods.  The variety of gluten-free offerings has expanded greatly in the last few years.

Another strategy for confirming gluten sensitivity involves re-introducing gluten back into your diet after the 30 day gluten-free trial period and observing how your body reacts.

Here’s a link from MindBodyGreen that lists 10 Signs That You Are Gluten Intolerant.

Gluten intolerance or sensitivity (not the same thing) are more common now than ever due to changes that have been made in the wheat plant. If you want to lose weight or have better mental focus, avoiding gluten will help a lot. However, just because the product states that is gluten-free it does not mean is healthy to eat. In general, avoid processed foods as much as you can and only eat organic ones when you do. Eating organic will also help you avoid GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) that are commonly present in non-organic foods.

Here we are including an infographic from GlutenDude.com that covers possible health issues you may have from eating gluten. Please take this issue and any allergy issue very seriously.

84 Symptoms of Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease Symptoms – Courtesy of Gluten Dude

At Peralta and Associates, we will provide you with a protocol to improve your immune system so that you are able to eat a large variety of foods without suffering from allergic reactions.