Question: I suspect I am allergic to wheat, but I wonder if that’s likely, or if it’s something else.
Dr. Brownstein's Answer:
Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, barley, and rye. Gluten sensitivity is extremely common. There are estimates that nearly one in 133 Americans suffer from celiac disease, and that one in six experience gluten sensitivity. About 1 percent to 3 percent are properly diagnosed, which means that up to 99 percent of people with either the disease, or gluten sensitivity, don’t even realize it.Wheat Belly: #1 Diet and Health Book in America Changing Lives - ONLY $4.95! Save $21
A gluten allergy can damage your long-term health. People who are unable to properly digest gluten face a potential disaster when it comes to their immune system. Food that is correctly digested in the stomach moves down the small intestine, where the actual process of absorption occurs. Tiny, finger-like strands called villi take in all the vitamins, nutrients, and other minerals.
Undigested food, like gluten, creates an immune system response (your body literally thinks the food is an invader), and antibodies damage the villi, inevitably leading to poor nourishment. The result of this continual damage can be bloating and diarrhea, and potentially leaky gut syndrome.Wheat Belly: #1 Diet and Health Book in America Changing Lives - ONLY $4.95! Save $21