Gluten Sensitivity

Gluten Sensitivity - What does it mean?

Gluten sensitivity is a spectrum of wheat allergies in which gluten has an adverse effect on the body. Symptoms include bloating, abdominal discomfort or pain, diarrhea, muscular disturbances and bone or joint pain. It can also cause other unexpected symptoms such as headaches and vertigo, among many others.

Gluten gives elasticity to dough, helping it to rise and to keep its shape. It is found in many staple foods in the Western diet. It's a protein composite found in wheat and other grains, including barley and rye and processed foods thereof. Gluten is composed of a gliadin fraction (alcohol soluble) and a glutenin fraction (only soluble in dilute acids or alkali). Gluten is not naturally occurring in corn, rice, or oats, but may be cross-contaminated by facilities that also process wheat, barley, or rye products.

Gluten sensitivity is defined as one or more of a variety of immunological, morphological or symptomatic manifestations that may also be shared by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In cases where there is reactivity to gluten, but celiac disease and wheat allergy have already been ruled out as possibilities, gluten sensitivity should be considered.

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The contents of this blog are intended for educational purposes only. The information presented here is not a substitute for proper medical attention, diagnosis, or treatment by a qualified healthcare professional. Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider before starting or making any changes to an existing treatment plan, exercise program or dietary regimen, and before using nutritional supplements.

~ Dr. Sarah Williams ~ Concord & Nantucket, Massachusetts ~

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