Wheat sensitivity is an allergic reaction or intolerance to wheat. It is a very difficult allergy to pinpoint, as each person’s reaction can be very different. Many people can overcome their allergy by sticking to a wheat free diet. Thankfully some sufferers can, after a period of abstinence, return to a diet where wheat is eaten in moderation. However, others have to remove wheat from their diets permanently. These individuals have to select wheat free foods for life.
Coeliac disease however, is when the small intestine cannot absorb all the nutrients from the food you are eating. The fronds on the intestinal wall become damaged by gluten. (Gluten is a part of the protein found in barley, rye and wheat.) Once gluten is removed from the diet the fronds repair and are able to absorb nutrients from food once again. Unfortunately, for the sufferer, gluten can never be reintroduced into the diet. Therefore, they have to stick rigidly to a gluten free diet.
If you have recently been diagnosed with a wheat allergy or Coeliac Disease it can seem quite disheartening, as it appears every foodstuff contains either wheat or gluten. However, more and more companies are producing food that is safe for wheat free and gluten free diets.
Some of the varying symptoms for a wheat allergy are,
Sweating, skin rashes, asthma, irritability, stomach cramps, runny nose, migraine, sneezing, muscle pain, tiredness and difficulty swallowing.
Some of the symptoms for Coeliac Disease are,
Abdominal discomfort, tiredness, weight loss, diarrhoea, anaemia and fertility problems.
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If you feel that you have some or all of these symptoms please seek advice from your doctor. It is not safe to start a restrictive diet without the correct medical supervision.
The information contained on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, cure or treat any medical condition. Should you have any medical condition, always consult your doctor, before undertaking any change in exercise or dietary advice.