Today the gluten -free diet is quite common, but most people select it without even knowing its benefits,
It is not easy to have a strict gluten-free menu nowadays since gluten is almost everywhere and already a drop of it may be harmful.
Gluten sensitivity differs from gluten allergies and celiac disease in the way our immune system responds to gluten intake. Allergic reactions affect a different part of the immune system (IgE) as the ones caused by sensitivity (IgA, IgG). Allergies occur right away whereas when it comes to sensitivity reactions may become visible after a few hours or even days. Allergic reactions are often strong and are detected in childhood, while intolerances are usually subtle and have mild symptoms or none, making them so difficult to detect.
Both celiac disease and gluten sensitivity are connected with multiple disorders. Including:
- Type 1 diabetes,
- multiple sclerosis,
- dermatitis herpetiformis (DH),
- heart failure,
- thyroid disorders,
- obesity, …
One of the methods you can use to identify intolerance yourself is to exclude the nutrients you suspect are the cause for your problems for a month. The elimination must be absolute. Then you can start consuming the excluded foods again and if you examine symptoms such as nausea, indigestion, problems with thinking, skin changes, fatigue, sleep disorders, etc. you can conclude that this is your body’s response to it.
Of course, there are also tests for immunological responses to gluten. The only current truly reliable test is Cyrex Array 3.