Wheat Intolerance Symptoms

Are you suffering from wheat intolerance symptoms? Many people believe that they are, but with no idea of what real wheat intolerance symptoms are, it is hard for them to know.

Keep in mind that you should not conclude that you have a wheat intolerance simply because you have similar symptoms as the list of wheat intolerance symptoms listed below. Many of these symptoms also occur with other diseases. To be absolutely certain that you do have wheat intolerance, you should be tested by a medical professional.

Most Common Wheat Intolerance Symptoms

Bloating (excess gas) - Although bloating can be caused by other problems as well, bloating is a classic sign of some type of food intolerance. That specific intolerance could be dairy, eggs, and other food items - but often it is wheat. One theory is that people with wheat intolerance lack food enzymes in sufficient quantities to allow proper digestive of the wheat. As a result

Diarrhea/Constipation - An inability to properly digest wheat can easily turn into alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation. And, the constipation can lead to cramps as abdominal gas builds up causing great distress.

Flatulence - related to diarrhea and constipation, excess gas produced by the digestive system looks for a place to go and flatulence is the result.

Eczema - unexplained rashes or hives can often be traced back to diet. Many eczema sufferers who have gone on wheat free and wheat limited diets have seen a sharp drop in the number of rash and hive incidences.

Aching joints - why should wheat intolerance cause joint pain? The theory is that constant damage and disruption to the stomach lining caused by wheat gradually leads to leaky gut syndrome. When this happens, you have partially digested particles of food exiting the digestive system into the blood. When this happens, the immune response sees these food particles as antigens or invaders and kicks into high gear to get rid of them. These antigens, however, can sometimes embed themselves into parts of the body such as the joints and cause them to become inflamed. These inflamed joints are what is causing you pain.

Wheat intolerance is being experience by more and more people each year. Wheat is one of the most popular ingredients around. Not only is it a product in and of itself (such as breads, muffins, etc), but it is a hidden ingredient in so many processed foods. As such, it is hard to avoid without a conscious and concerted effort. On the bright side, however, there is a greater recognition of wheat allergy and wheat intolerance by food processors than there has been in the past. As a result, many stores have sections in their food aisles set aside for foods that are gluten free.

In addition, wheat intolerance is not the same as celiac disease. With celiac disease, your stomach will actually have an inflammatory reaction to wheat.

Also, a wheat allergy is not the same as wheat intolerance. In fact, you can test negative for wheat allergy and still have a wheat intolerance. The reverse is true as well, you can have a wheat allergy without being wheat intolerant.

In fact, true wheat allergies are very rare. If you have a wheat allergy,  you essentially have an autoimmune disease where the body will react quickly when wheat is ingested or wheat dust is breathed. In most cases, the body's response will involve breathing difficulties such as asthma, coughing, sneezing, and so on. Wheat intolerance, on the other hand, target the digestive system and the symptoms are digestion related.

How To Find Out If You Have Wheat Intolerance

The most effective way of determining if you have a wheat intolerance is to go on a detection diet or elimination diet. These diets entail you putting yourself on a limited diet for 3-5 weeks. This diet will consist of neutral foods which are not known to cause allergies or intolerances. This serves to clear the digestive system. Then you introduce the food that you think you may have a problem with - in this case, wheat. If you start to exhibit some of the symptoms mentioned above, in most cases, you can conclude that you do have an intolerance for wheat products.

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