What is Gluten and Gluten Intolerance ?
Gluten is the general name for the storage of proteins found in wheat, oats, rye, and barley. It is the substance that gives the rubbery, elastic texture in bread. It helps glue bread and cakes together so they don’t crumble.
What is the problem with Gluten?
Gluten is not necessarily a problem for everyone but some people are gluten sensitive or have gluten intolerance. This means they react after ingesting food containing gluten such as wheat, barley and rye. It can give rise to numerous gastro-intestinal problems, diarrhoea, joint pain, depression and fatigue.
What are the symptoms of gluten intolerance?
- bloating and gas
- abdominal pain
- stomach cramps
Reaction to gluten varies between individuals and can begin a few minutes after eating a gluten product, or it can take several hours for symptoms to surface.
Which foodstuffs do I avoid in case of a gluten intolerance?
Our analysis of your reactions and intolerances will allow our Nutritionists to create a personal dietary regime for you. This will allow you to avoid incompatible foods.
Gluten Intolerance and Coelic disease
Coelic disease is an inherited autoimmune disorder that affects the digestive process of the small intestine. When a person who has coelic disease consumes gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, the individual’s immune system responds by attacking the small intestine and inhibiting the absorption of important nutrients into the body.
Undiagnosed and untreated, coelic disease can lead to the development of other autoimmune disorders, as well as osteoporosis, infertility, and neurological conditions and in extremely rare cases, cancer.
Once patients are diagnosed with coelic disease, they must learn how to eat safely and live well. Our Nutritionists at Centro Health will offer the dietary expertise patients need to develop and implement a gluten-free diet.
Research has found that although gluten sensitivity is characterised with symptoms such gastro-intestinal problems, diarrhoea, joint pains, depression and fatigue, it does not present other symptoms such as intestinal inflammation or long-term damage to the small intestine as can occur from untreated coelic disease.
How do I find out whether or not I have gluten intolerance?
Intolerance testing is the key.
Taking a Food Intolerance Test enables you to eliminate uncertainty and confirm whether or not you have food intolerance. The right test can detect whether a food intolerance is present. It is possible to have a Type III IgG allergy or intolerance to certain foods and additives without your knowledge; you may be experiencing any one of a number of symptoms, whilst remaining totally oblivious to the cause.
When we have your test results from our laboratory we will create your personalised diet rotation plan that our Nutritionist will explain to you.
As you embark on your new meal plan this will give you the freedom and confidence to enjoy food without digestive discomfort.
Taking Nutritional advice and a Food Intolerance Test enables you to eliminate uncertainty and confirm whether or not you have food intolerance. A test can detect whether a food intolerance is present. It is possible to have a Type III IgG allergy or intolerance to certain foods and additives without your knowledge; you may be experiencing any one of a number of symptoms, whilst remaining totally oblivious to the cause.
What does testing involve?
We offer 2 levels of testing – the IP-300 is the most comprehensive IgG test available, covering 270 foods and the IP-100 covering 90 food types.
Testing is an easy, fast method of pinpointing exactly which foods are causing a reaction. This way, combined with our professional Nutritionist’s advice you can have a clear guideline to begin eliminating only those foods that are causing your symptoms, rather than having to maintain a strict diet that eliminates entire food groups.
If you suspect that you may be suffering from gluten intolerance and would like to discuss the best testing option for you, please call us on