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Dr. Oz: Could You Be Gluten Intolerant?

Dr Oz’s Take On Gluten Intolerance

Dr Oz recently discussed the ever growing effect that gluten intolerance is having on people all over the world and revealed the secret warning signs that may be making you sick.  Gluten is a protein found in wheat, spelt, rye and barley as well as other whole grain products. Yes, it’s that special ingredient that adds texture and chewiness to bread and baked goods and which thickens and flavours soups and casseroles.  It can also be found in chocolate, beer, soy sauce, some salad dressings and seasonings.

Dr Oz says that people who suffer from gluten intolerance experience an adverse reaction to gluten – a gluten allergy attacks your immune system and you may not even be aware of it! The body’s inability to digest gluten properly lets you know it’s NOT very happy after you’ve tucked into delicious slice of pizza or eaten a wholewheat sandwich by returning the favour with a host of uncomfortable symptoms.

It’s not always easy to figure out if you are gluten intolerant and symptoms are often mistaken for other health problems. Because symptoms are varied, they tend to sneak up on you over a period of time. There are no definitive lab tests for gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance. The best way to test if you’re gluten intolerant is by eliminating gluten from your diet for a few weeks and then see what happens when you re-introduce it. Keep in mind that everyone with gluten intolerance is different - while some are able to tolerate small amounts without any side effects, for others small amounts of gluten can cause negative symptoms.

How do you know if you’re gluten intolerant?

If you’ve experienced some of these symptoms after eating foods containing gluten, you may need to change to your diet.
1. Digestive issues
Gas, bloating, heart burn, constipation, diarrhea and IBS are common symptoms of gluten intolerance. In the Feelgood Health range, natural remedies Gastronic Dr, Digest Assist and Natural Moves all treat  troublesome digestive problems quickly and effectively.
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2. Joint Problems
Pain, swelling and inflammation in the fingers, hips and knees occur frequently if there is a sensitivity to gluten.  Use RollAway Reliever, an easy and convenient roll on magnesium treatment to ease and soothe aching joints in a flash! 
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3. Headaches or Migraines
Many individuals experience chronic headaches and migraines which are triggered after eating gluten. Headaches usually occur 30 minutes to an hour after eating a meal.
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4. Fatigue and Brain Fog
Feeling tired after eating that burger and chips for lunch? Could your mid morning apple Danish be responsible for a brain fog attack? Your energy levels may dip after meals as your body works to digest the food. Try Fatigue Fighter – herbal energy drops that will help to address that tired and listless feeling! 
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5. Skin rashes, Eczema or Acne
Gluten can cause allergic reactions in the form of skin rashes, itchy skin, eczema or acne. Severe flare ups and break outs of the skin can result after eating certain foods containing gluten. No one likes an itchy, dry skin -  ClearAway  E-Skin Cream which contains soothing ingredients to nourish and moisturise the skin. 
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6. Weight gain
Unexplained weight gain as well as weight fluctuations can be noted over a period of time. Most people who start eliminating gluten from their diet experience weight loss. This is a definite plus because no one likes having extra pounds to carry around! (For a herbal weight loss solution, see our EcoSlim Drops)
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7. Depression or Mood Changes
Watch out for symptoms of depression and anxiety, mood or behavioural changes which can also be caused by gluten intolerance. Natural solutions such as Mindsoothe and PureCalm herbal remedies help to balance mood and emotions especially when you first start feeling out of sorts.
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8. Hormonal Imbalances
If you are gluten sensitive or gluten intolerant, eating gluten can wreak havoc on your hormones! Irregular menstrual cycles, PMS, PCOS and infertility are often associated with gluten intolerance. Eating gluten puts a huge amount of stress on the adrenal glands which in turn affects hormonal health.
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Going Gluten-free can still be delish!

Here’s a handy list of gluten free food substitutes to keep in your pantry
Almond flour or rice flour instead of wheat flour
Rice and nut  flours are great alternatives to wheat flour. Almond flour also  contains protein, omega 3’s and has a yummy nut flavour. Great for baked goods!

Baby marrows or aubergine instead of  lasagna noodles or pasta
Make a classic lasagne by substituting lasagne pasta with slices of aubergine or strips of baby marrows.

Polenta instead of pasta or couscous
Switch to polenta to replace traditional pastas. Traditional pasta toppings such as marinara sauce or sautéed veggies go perfectly with polenta.

Rice cakes instead of  crackers, bagels or bread
Add any topping of your choice to rice cakes – cream cheese, tuna, salmon or avo! You’ll want seconds!

Chopped nuts instead of  granola
Most granolas contain processed wheat and grains which is a definite no! no! if you are gluten sensitive. Choose a mix of toasted almonds, cashews, macadamias and pecan nuts to add to fruit and yogurt.

Lettuce leaves  instead of  tortilla wraps or pita breads
This may take some getting used to! Use fresh lettuce to wrap various fillings in – perfect for a light, summer meal.

Oatmeal  instead of wheat
Oats are theoretically gluten free and can be eaten by people who are gluten intolerant. However, many oats products on the market have been cross contaminated by wheat or rye grains and are therefore not gluten free.  Make sure you buy organic oats that have been certified gluten free to be sure.

Mashed potato topping instead of pastry on a pie
Mashed potato is another great alternative to pastry! It's like cottage pie, only a different filling.

Corn flour to thicken sauces 
Use corn flour instead of flour to thicken soups, stews and sauces - remember to read the label!

Invest in a dehydrator!
Sprouted dehydrated buckwheat mixed with flavourings like tomato, herbs, etc  make delicious substitutes for savoury biscuits!

Remember, if you are gluten intolerant, you can still enjoy a delicious and  balanced gluten-free diet – with a little thought!  Fresh fruit and vegetables, rice, quinoa, polenta, fish and meat are all fine for you to eat. Reading food labels and keeping your food as fresh and natural as possible is often all you need to do!

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