Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease


Weekly, there is news of someone being diagnosed with gluten-intolerance or celiac disease or wheat allergy......

Let's just say that any of these reactions will be life-changing, and one can only hope for a diagnosis.  A diagnosis can finally help to answer the many questions and mysteries related to ill-health.  The body's response to gluten (and milk proteins, too) can cause severe inflammation in the small intestine. The damage may be so extreme that allergies to numerous other foods can "kick in."  Additionally, secondary illnesses may develop as a result of gluten (and dairy) responses and reactions. 

Ways to determine overall digestive status are:

  • Measuring gluten intolerance through gliadin antibodies
  • Measuring intolerance to dairy proteins (casein and lactalbumin)
  • Metabolic profile diagnostic testing

We all should strive for the best possible digestive health.  "Without good digestion, one cannot be truly healthy."  (Trent Nichols, M.D.)
Understanding how gluten and dairy proteins can damage our bodies is most certainly one way we can improve our digestive, as well as overall, health.

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