WHAT IS GLUTEN INTOLERANCE?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat and rye. If a person has gluten intolerance and he consumes anything that contains gluten, complaints of acidity, abdominal pain or diarrhoea. It only involves digestive tract and not immune system which is seen in cases of food allergy.
SYMPTOMS AND CAUSES
Bloating is one of the most common symptoms of gluten intolerance. Others are:
- Frequent diarrhoea, constipation and smelly faeces.
- Migraine or abdominal pain
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Iron deficiency anaemia
- Numbness or tingling of arms and legs
No cause has been found till now for gluten intolerance.
There are no specific medical tests that can be performed to confirm diagnosis. However it is necessary to rule out coeliac disease and wheat allergy when in doubt.
TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENT
People with gluten intolerance have shown improvement when following a gluten free diet.
Giving medicines specific for the most predominant symptom.
Homeopathic medicines help in effectively managing symptoms of gluten intolerance without any side effects.There is a wide variety of medication available for treating gluten intolerance such as carbo veg, lycopodium, china, colocynthis, natrum mur etc., but you must consult a registered homeopathic practitioner before administering any of these.
DO’S AND DON’TS
People with gluten intolerance should carefully read ingredient labels on food packets.
It is advised to take gluten free food such as:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Nuts and Dry fruits
- Dairy products
- Oils etc.
Avoid food items that contain gluten including:
- Wheat and its derivatives
- Breads and pastries
- seasonings and spice mixes