What is all the hype around gluten? Is it the latest nutritional fad that will come and go? How do you know if you are sensitive to gluten; and if you are, is a little bit safe to eat? What is the difference between celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity? Is non-celiac gluten sensitivity different from a wheat allergy?
These are questions that baffle most people. The internet only adds to the confusion because there doesn’t seem to be a consensus on the answers to these gluten conundrums.
Dr. Harden is a Certified Gluten Coach (CGC) and works with people to identify any food intolerance, including non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Research estimates that 18 million Americans have gluten sensitivity. That’s 6 times the amount of Americans who have celiac disease.
Gluten sensitivity symptoms, unlike celiac symptoms which are mostly involving the gastrointestinal tract, are systemic and can affect every organ system in your body. Therefore, they are often mistaken for other conditions and many suffer for decades before they get a proper diagnosis. Symptoms can occur within hours to days after ingestion of gluten.
Common Symptoms Include:
- Brain fog
- Poor focus, concentration and memory
- Joint pains
- Skin rashes
- Numbness in the legs, arms or fingers
- Anxiety or depression
- Bloating after meals
- Muscle weakness
Testing for celiac disease is well established; however, getting an accurate test for non-celiac gluten sensitivity can be challenging. At OC Whole Family Wellness, we offer the state-of-the-art tests for gluten sensitivity and support you on establishing your customized diet moving forward. We recognize the inflammatory nature of gluten to people who are sensitive and to those with autoimmune disorders. Therefore, we work to identify all people who can benefit from a gluten free diet by appropriate testing and nutritional education. We turn a subject that is both confusing and controversial, into something that is relevant and practical to your health goals.