Many people are allergic or intolerant to wheat or gluten without even realising it. Signs and symptoms can vary hugely from one person to the next, leading to confusion and being attributed to other lifestyle issues and daily stresses and strains.
Some better-known symptoms of wheat allergies include:
. Developing a rash or hives after eating wheat products,
. Runny or stuffy nose,
. Intestinal discomfort,
. Wheezing or other respiratory problems.
These signs are obvious and generally immediate - indicative of a wheat or gluten allergy, rather than just a sensitivity or an intolerance. Wheat allergies aren't always so straightforward, though. Some people may go their entire lives without any idea that they have a wheat allergy or intolerance, whilst the consequences wreak havoc on their health, development and wellbeing.
Here are some symptoms people often ignore:
. Muscle and joint pain
. Irritability, depression and anxiety
. Gas and bloating
. Brain fog
. Eczema or other skin problems
Wheat Sensitivity Vs. Allergy
You may have been tested for a wheat allergy and been told that the tests came back negative. Standard allergy testing only tests for gliadin, whilst there are six polypeptides in wheat that you could potentially be allergic or sensitive to.
You may not have a full-blown allergy to wheat but that doesn't mean that your body likes it, meaning that you could be sensitive or intolerant, rather than allergic. Wheat can cause inflammation that is responsible for aches and pains, brain fog and headaches, even when the individual tests negative for the allergy. The only way to determine if wheat doesn't agree with you is to eliminate it from your diet and to observe any differences.
Could Wheat Really Be Causing These Problems?
For so many people, the symptoms they have are bothersome, daily issues that make life less enjoyable. Whether it's constant lack of energy, uncomfortable bloating or a bad case of "brain fog" most simply don't make the connection between wheat and feeling horrible. If you have eliminated other possible causes, wheat may be the culprit. By removing it from your diet for at least 30 days, you may finally experience relief from some of these symptoms.
But Wheat Forms Such a Large Part of my Diet, How Can I Stop?
For some people, the elimination of gluten from their diet may even make symptoms worse for a few days. Similar to a person going through drug withdrawals, you may experience stomach cramping, muscle aches and pains, headaches and even severe irritability, depression, restlessness and confusion.
You may also find yourself with an intense craving for the now forbidden food.
Going wheat-free and gluten-free is a big adjustment however you’ll quickly find that there are plenty of nutritious alternatives to help you healthily enjoy your carbohydrates again.
It’s a great reason to start to make your own treats using the wide range of gluten free flours on offer: rice, quinoa, coconut and almond. All loaded with nutrition and taste!
If you stop eating wheat and notice that you are feeling more energetic, experiencing fewer bouts of stomach discomfort and have a clearer head, there's a good chance that wheat should not be a part of your diet.
Often when it comes to special dietary requirements, shoppers have to compromise on nasties just to remove allergens. But no longer.
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