Is Gluten Causing Your Bowel Problems?

It’s rarely necessary to go to all the trouble of a gluten free diet for many people with chronic bowel problems.

Wondering What’s Causing Your Bowel Problems?

At lunch recently a friend said, just as
we were finishing dessert,
“ I may pay for this.”

“What do you mean,” I asked?

“I have a gluten problem.”

“So the pumpkin pie crust?” making an assumption.

“Yes,” she said, “I am allergic to gluten and when I eat gluten, it’s not good.”

Whether it’s pumpkin pie or pasta, there is a lot of confusion about food intolerances these days. If you’re among one in five Americans who suffers from chronic bowel problems, you may have tried a number of different approaches to solve your problem, including avoiding gluten. 

Wondering What’s Causing Your Bowel Problems?

The latest research shows about six or seven percent of people exhibit sensitivity to gluten, (a protein found in wheat, barley and rye) and only about one percent has celiac disease, an extreme immune reaction to a gluten. 

Gluten sensitivities however create an abnormal response to a protein that bonds sugars together in wheat, rye, and barley. Sensitive individuals may experience abdominal pain, gas, bloating and bowel problems when they eat foods that contain gluten. These symptoms are also very similar to other types of digestion problems such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which compounds defining the problem food(s). Recent research shows that gluten may even effect our brain and entire nervous system adversely. So your gas, bloating after eating, and headaches may be related!

A lot of people make the mistake of self-diagnosing and assume they have gluten sensitivity. They may have heard that gluten causes diarrhea, or may think its gluten causing diarrhea or other bowel symptoms for them. So they place themselves on a gluten free diet, which may or may not be necessary. People are either gluten intolerant (celiac disease), gluten sensitive, neither of those, or they are intolerant or sensitive to something else and it becomes a case of mistaken identity.

Which one are you? 

Some people’s bowel symptoms don’t improve on a gluten free diet because they may have other food sensitivities. Other people’s bowel symptoms improve on a gluten free diet even if they do not have gluten sensitivity. Still others may be carbohydrate intolerant, a quantity related issue. So many people who suspect gluten sensitivity may actually be sensitive to other foods, not gluten. Which one are you?

My friend with the pumpkin pie found out that it was the carbohydrates in the pumpkin piecrust- not the gluten protein- causing her problems. She was delighted to give up her expensive gluten free foods and simply reduce her intake of carbohydrates. She reports feeling so much better.

Symptoms of carbohydrate intolerances, such as lactose intolerance for example, appear when you have ingested more of the carbohydrate than your body can break down. This results in bowel problems that can mimic the same problems when your body is trying to digest gluten.

Want Relief From Your Bowel Problems? 

It’s rarely necessary to go to all the trouble of a gluten free diet for many people with chronic bowel problems. If you’ve tried to solve bowel problems on your own, assumed that you have gluten sensitivity, or sought professional advice that hasn’t helped, don’t give up. Consider our approach to solving your problem and getting your life back on track.

At the Digestion Relief Center, we test you to find out what is causing your bowel problems. We evaluate you to find out what foods you digest and which foods you don’t. We also test for food sensitivities like gluten or wheat and intolerance to other foods. Our testing reveals digestion deficiencies that may be causing your bowel problem.

Once we have determined the cause of your bowel symptoms, we can bring you relief by modifying your diet, enhancing your digestion and desensitizing you to the foods that produce allergy-like reactions.

If traditional medical approaches for bowel problems are not working, call Dr. Patrick at 530-899-8741 to schedule a consultation. Find out how you can live life free of the pain and embarrassment of bowel problems. 

Dr. Patrick Giammarise D.C., Internal Health Specialist, Founder of the Digestion Relief Center specializes in effective, natural relief for food sensitivities and digestion problems. Dr. Patrick can be reached at 530-899-8741 in his Chico California office. Join the thousands of people in Chico, Redding, and the Sacramento Valley who have found relief from bowel problems and food sensitivities. 

2012, © Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC. All Rights Reserved.

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