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Postby BlueWater on Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:37 am

What is the wheat intolerance?

First you must separate gluten intolerance into three distinct categories: Celiac Disease, Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and a Wheat Allergy. (Technically, a wheat allergy is not a gluten intolerance. I’ll get to that in a bit.)

Celiac Disease occurs when the proteins in gluten (glutenin and gliadin) trigger your immune system to overreact with strong and unusual anitbodies. Over time, such antibodies wear down the little hairs called villi, which line the walls of your intestine (this process is called villous atrophy). These finger-like tiny hairs grab and absorb nutrients as foods pass through your lower digestive tract. As celiac disease symptoms slowly destroy these villi, you become less and less able to process any nutrition from your food. This sets off a domino-effect of increasingly serious health problems. Celiac disease is also associated with leaky gut syndrome, also known as a permeable intestines. Undigested gluten moves through the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream. This may be the root of such gluten intolerance symptoms as Dermatitis herpetiformis, a nasty gluten intolerance rash.

The origin of wheat allergy symptoms are fundamentally different than gluten intolerance or celiac disease symptoms, but some might call it gluten allergy symptoms. This is a histamine response to wheat, much like a peanut allergy or hay fever. Wheat allergies manifest themselves in a wide variety of manners which can be different for different people. Some people experience hives while others might experience stomach pain. A wheat allergy, unlike a gluten intolerance, is considered a Type 1 Hypersensitivity.
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What are the Symptoms of Wheat Allergy and Wheat Intolerance

Postby BlueWater on Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:39 am

Wheat allergy causes the same sudden onset symptoms caused by other allergens - coughing, asthma, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hives, rashes etc.

However the symptoms for Wheat Intolerance are much more varied and usually have a delayed onset - up to 2 or 3 days later. This is why they are traditionally difficult for doctors to diagnose. They can be:

Gastro-intestinal (stomach bloating and cramping, diarrhea, flatulence, constipation etc.)
Neurological: headache, memory loss, behavioural difficulties, depression
Immune: poor resistance to infection, mouth ulcers, arthritis
Skin rashes, eczema, psoriasis, itching flaky skin
General: food cravings, tiredness, chronic fatigue, unwell feeling
For a full list look in the Symptoms Matrix (you must register first)
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Wheat Intolerance Diagnosis Not easy

Postby BlueWater on Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:44 am

Someone who suffers from wheat intolerance will experience many adverse effects on their body and possibly a multitude of symptoms. In order to alleviate these ailments, you will need to understand what exactly is causing your problems, why and what treatments are available and worth considering.

Wheat intolerance symptoms are basically the result of chemical reactions in the body, but which are not related to your immune system and that is what makes it an intolerance and not an allergy. These reactions cause a variety of symptoms such as bloating, vomiting, fatigue, headaches or even nausea. It is absolutely necessary to take the time to keep a log of what you eat and find out what kind of intolerance you have.

The best way to diagnose wheat intolerance is to work with a doctor and keep a dietary log. This log can only be scrutinized if completed everyday for 30 – 40 days in a row. If you do not want to go immediately to a doctor, there are also many diet diaries that can be downloaded free of charge from the internet and they can help you determine if you have wheat intolerance. If a wheat intolerance is probable you should then definitely see a doctor and accordingly change your daily diet.

The best way to avoid symptoms of wheat intolerance is to just leave wheat out of your daily diet. This may sound simple, but in reality it is not and can be quite difficult to follow in the beginning because wheat is a major part of the normal diet.
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