Following on from last week’s interesting blog on living life with a wheat intolerance, this week we have decided to see if you know how to spot a food intolerance. If you don’t, there is no need to worry, that is what we are here for.
Wheat happens to be an ingredient that is most widely consumed in Europe and the US and in many other countries. Wheat-based foods are a staple for billions of people across the globe, but many people are unable to have these foods as they suffer from wheat intolerance due to intolerance to Gluten, a component in wheat. A gluten intolerance diet comprising of wheat-free foods or a wheat intolerance test is important for tackling sensitivity to wheat. Read on below to find out when you should opt for gluten intolerance test or gluten-free diet.
1) Digestive issues are a sign of a Wheat Intolerance
If you are suffering from digestive problems such as weight gain, weight loss, alternating cases of diarrhoea and constipation, cramping, bloating and abdominal pain, a proper diet or testing is required. You can easily eliminate foods that contain gluten, such as pasta, cereals, bread and even beer and other drinks, given that these include fermenting grains that have gluten.
2) Anaemia / Malnutrition
In cases of gluten intolerance, there can be damage to the small intestine. The food can be quickly excreted in the form of waste, which causes difficulties for the body to absorb nutrients. Anaemia is common in such cases. If you are suffering from a low level of iron in the bloodstream, a wheat intolerance diet or test is important.
3) Frequent infections
Around 70% of the immunity is comprised of the small intestine. The small intestine is damaged by gluten sensitivity, and infections are common in case of wheat sensitivity. Intolerance tests and wheat-free diets are important if you are suffering from infections, and wish to alleviate the symptoms. Getting tested for a wheat intolerance can give you a lot of answers to your questions, and let you get rid of the symptoms with medicines and a controlled diet. Other than infections, you can also get rid of mood swings, irritability, depression and other symptoms.
If you suspect that you have a wheat intolerance, then please do speak to our customer service advisors via LiveChat on www.allergytestaustralia.com. They are available on a 24-hour basis, Monday – Friday and they will be happy to assist you with any questions which you may have.