Gluten Intolerance Symptoms
Gluten intolerance symptoms are important to identify for proper diagnosis. Because most of the reactions to the exposure of wheat are not specific and certain grains are included in many foods an elimination diet may be the only way to truly identify the problem. Blood tests can identify abnormalities in DNA composure, but the reaction of the human body is the best tool for diagnosis and treatment decisions. Understanding the difference between intolerance and allergy is important when diagnosing and choosing the proper treatment plan. Allergy indicates and immediate reaction while intolerance indicates long-term effects, which may simply be considered normal.
Intolerance is most recognizable as having a difficulty digesting wheat products. Wheat, oat, and barley are included in many products, which makes and elimination diet difficult. Wheat intolerance is the second most common food problem Americans have. The most common problem is lactose intolerance. Completely eliminating wheat from a diet may sound difficult, but necessary if a person is interested in long-term health. Some long-term effects of non-treatment include osteoporosis, bowel cancer, anemia, and diabetes. Wheat allergy symptoms include depression, eczema, joint pain, gastro-intestinal problems, and low iron levels in the blood. When these issues are not treated or managed effectively the above-mentioned debilitating diseases can occur over time. Untreated food intolerances can lead to small abrasions to a variety of organs, which ultimately lead to holes creating the environment for the leaking of acid into unwanted areas. When this acid leaks into unwanted areas infection and even death can occur.
Through an elimination diet a person can narrow down the negative foods consumed leading to effective treatment and management of the disease. Understanding the actual ingredients as well as food families will additionally aid in a quicker diagnosis and create a less frustrating environment for self-testing. It is important to know that even when something doesnt have a wheat product listed that it may be produced in a plant that also includes the problematic grain in some products. Some people can show wheat allergy symptoms even with minimal exposure. Most geographic areas have organic or homegrown options minimizing the exposure to a specific irritant. Wheat allergy symptoms sometimes occur due to exposure of familial ingredient such as oats, barley, and rye. However, some rye is gluten-free. Other reactions include: bloating, cramping, diarrhea, fluatulence, constipation, behavioral difficulties, poor immune system functioning, mouth ulcers and arthritis. Though some of these gluten intolerance symptoms cross over into reactions from other diseases, allergy to wheat is certainly a treatable and lesser disease than other diagnoses. They have sown wheat, but shall reap thorns: they have put themselves to pain, [but] shall not profit: and they shall be ashamed of your revenues because of the fierce anger of the LORD. (Jeremiah 12:13)
Making small lifestyle changes such as starting an exercise program, quit smoking, and reducing stress all effect the overall wellbeing of a person. Some small problems such as wheat allergy can lead to more serious problems due to continued wear on the body in an abusive way. While some reactions are visible soon after onset, others arent. Therefore, simple blood tests may reveal simple problems with inexpensive solutions. Just like the additional problems that can occur when gluten intolerance symptoms go untreated, mismanaged diet leads to the onset of a gluten problem. Researchers believe that the way in which grain is grown and processed has led to the sudden overwhelming development of food intolerance in general. While gluten intolerance symptoms are common, other food sensitivities are worth exploring as well. These sensitivities include: dairy, yeast, sugar, and other food allergies or intolerances. Some causes include family history and age. Wheat allergy symptoms are most prevalent in children when the digestive system is not completely developed. There are certain times that may cause a greater risk of a reaction occurring which include exercising after wheat consumption and any inhalation of wheat products in a public place. These reactions are more difficult to diagnose, therefore keeping a journal of food consumed, general activity, as well as physical and emotional reactions. After this data had been recorded for at least a week, a person should see some patterns if food sensitivities are actually an issue. Closely related to food sensitivities is intolerance to certain chemicals and synthetic materials. These fibers may be in the carpet at work, in certain clothing, or in the upholstery of the car. Likewise, allergies to mold, pollen, or specific plants may irritate the symptoms a person experiences. Allergy testing can provide a more specific diagnosis, however medical treatment for these problems may include medication or surgical treatment. Solving the problem in natural ways is not only healthier, but generally has longer lasting effects.
While most people have subtle reactions to the consumption of certain foods, other are more serious. Sudden drop in blood pressure can lead to shock or a heart attack, swollen throat can lead to suffocation, and dizziness leads to unconsciousness. These are the most extreme cases, but worth noting in order for a person to fully understand the consequences of non-treatment. The longer the immune system is attacked the weaker it becomes and the more additional problems a person can experience. When a person is ready to seek professional help for any gluten intolerance symptoms, taking the journal as well as any food packaging that may be causing the problem will help the doctor with proper diagnosis. Keep in mind that food allergies are caused by a weakened immune system and the bodys ability to release histamine and other chemicals.
Yeast Allergy SymptomsYeast allergy symptoms may include headache, sneezing, itchy nose, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, and sore throat. Yeast (Candida Albicans) is a mold that can be found on surfaces and in food. Some of the more common foods that contain the fungi are cheese, mushrooms, dried fruit, soy sauce, breads, peanuts, tomato sauce, some pasta, and vinegar. The best way to treat an allergy is to avoid the substances that are causing the symptoms or reaction. A yeast free diet should not include any foods containing the above listed items. However, this list is not all inclusive so the person who is allergic would benefit from doing research and reading labels before buying a product. Processed food labels should be read very carefully. Even some vitamin and mineral supplements contain yeast. Some drinks to avoid include beer, wine, tea, coffee, and soft drinks.
Candida albicans is a micro-organism of the fungus family. Candida is found in humans and animals but is usually balanced out in the body by another organism called lactobacillus acidophilus. When candida becomes overpopulated then a person may experience yeast allergy symptoms. Some of the early signs that this is happening may include digestive problems, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, irritability, fatigue, skin rash, white coated tongue or thrush, and dizziness. There is no definitive test to diagnose candida overgrowth but physicians will normally diagnose it based upon the severity and number of symptoms present at the time of an examination.
An imbalance of candida can happen to anyone who takes antibiotics or steroids. Other people who are susceptible are women who take birth control pills, anyone who has diabetes, and anyone who has undergone chemotherapy or been exposed to radiation to treat cancer. People who have indulged in a diet high in sweets, fruit juice, sodas, and refined carbohydrates are susceptible to candida overgrowth and would benefit from going on a yeast free diet. A candida free diet means avoiding any foods that contain yeast as well as sugar, and some carbohydrates. There are suggestions and recommendations on foods to avoid on the Internet as well as ones that are alright to consume.
In most cases candida overgrowth will usually manifest in the digestive system first. An intense overgrowth can cause a condition called leaky gut syndrome. The irritation of the yeast can cause leakage through the intestinal wall of undigested food into the bloodstream. Common symptoms may be similar to yeast allergy symptoms and include abdominal pain, bloating, indigestion, and heartburn. In addition, shortness of breath and asthma may occur. Chronic joint and muscle pain are not uncommon as well as skin rashes, and other types of infections. Before seeing a doctor the person with problems should write down information that could help to diagnose the condition. Unexplained health related problems can be very frustrating. God's word is living and active providing His children with hope. "But unto you that fear My name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall" (Malachi 4:2).
Some sources believe that candida infections can be an underlying cause for other illnesses. Some of these include AIDS, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, hypoglycemia, schizophrenia, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and chronic fatigue syndrome. A yeast free diet may trigger relief from some of the symptoms caused by these illnesses. In addition there may be some unexplained symptoms that are related and can be linked to candida allergy. Sugar cravings, muscle and joint pain, ear problems, psoriases, infertility, and bladder infections in some cases may be linked to an overgrowth of yeast within the body.
Treatments for a yeast infection usually include the use of antifungal drugs and creams. Creams can be used for skin rashes and vaginal infections caused from an overgrowth. In addition, a yeast free diet will keep the problem from occurring again unless the patient is being treated for an infection with antibiotics or has other immune system problems. Taking acidophilus at the same time of taking antibiotics may help to prevent the imbalance that occurs in the digestive tract. Some yogurts found in the supermarket contain active cultures of lactobacillus acidophilus and can be eaten to help to prevent overgrowth of candida albicans. Drug stores and supermarkets usually carry acidophilus as well as many health food stores.
Primarily an infection from candida may be linked to immune system dysfunction. Yeast allergy symptoms are caused by toxins from the overgrowth. Immune system dysfunction can lead to other types of illnesses and allergies. People who suffer with reoccurring sinus inflammation and infection, chronic coughing, sore throats, insomnia, and nervousness should ask their doctor about candida overgrowth. Skin conditions associated with candida allergy include athlete's foot, diaper rash, impetigo, jock itch, dandruff, and dermatitis. Anyone who has had an unexplained rash that will not go away should check with their physician for the possibility of a fungi infection.
Patients who suspect an allergy should avoid sugars, fruit, simple carbohydrates, and foods that seem to make them feel worse. Eating too much sugar will feed the candida and make it multiply. Milk and milk products that contain a high content of lactose should be avoided. Some of the vegetables to limit on a yeast free diet include potatoes, corn, yams, and parsnips. Any foods, sauces, or drinks that contain sugar, syrup, soy, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and other sweeteners or syrups should also be avoided. Pickles or pickled vegetables should be avoided since they are stored in vinegar. A patient who makes healthy lifestyle changes that include eating healthy and exercising may find that most of their symptoms diminish and in time may even completely go away.