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Non-coeliac gluten sensitivity

Until recently science has denied that non-Coeliac gluten sensitivity exists.  However, in reality, gluten-sensitivity is presenting in clinic with increased frequency.

The American Journal of Gastroenterology 2012 has published a study by DS Sanders “Non-celiac wheat sensitivity; separating the wheat from the chat!” 107:1908-1912

Healthy -v- damaged villi
Healthy -v- Damaged intestinal lining

Many people experiencing Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) as well as a myriad of digestive and allergy-type reactions are finding symptomatic relief when eliminating wheat products from their diet.  Two major components of wheat may be causing the irritation:  gluten and fructans.

Generally, a strict 6-month elimination of all gluten-containing grains enables the gastrointestinal lining to be restored.

Even traces of gluten contamination in processed foods may be responsible for non-responsive coeliac disease/gluten intolerance.  When symptoms continue, it is important to read ingredients on packaging in order to eliminate all wheat and gluten.

Why is it important to identify digestive problems?

Gut dysbiosis underlies many chronic diseases.  Disruption of the intestinal ecosystem equilibrium (gut dysbiosis) is associated with a plethora of human diseases, including:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Allergic diseases
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Metabolic diseases
  • Bacterial infections

Nutrient deficiencies often result when gut health is impaired.  Essential nutrients not able to be absorbed may include iron, calcium and Vitamin B12.

Recommendations for improved gut function

  • Reduce intake of processed foods
  • Limit intake of all grains
  • Don’t over-cook food
  • Don’t over eat
  • Avoid leftovers
  • Don’t drink ice-cold beverages
  • Soups and slightly cooked or warm food is more supportive to digestion than raw or cold food
  • Avoid excessively spicy, greasy or deep-fried foods

If you experience digestive discomfort or unexplained fatigue, persistent nutrient deficiencies or brain-fog, arrange a comprehensive analysis today and call 07 5530 1863.