What is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in certain foods, especially wheat. But unfortunately, not everyone is resistant to gluten, some experience allergic symptoms even sick after consuming it.
So what are the signs that you are allergic to gluten, and also how to overcome it?
Before we get into the symptoms that show intolerance to gluten, we should know what foods usually contain this protein.
The food which usually contains gluten include =
- Wheat (including rye).
- Some types of beer.
- Sauce, soy sauce, seasoning.
- Most bread.
- Vitamins or certain medications.
Signs and Symptoms of Gluten Allergies
Reading the list above, arguably the most of the foods that we consume daily contain gluten. Therefore, for those with allergies, usually the manufacturer will include a special label ‘gluten-free’ on its packaging.
Here are some symptoms that indicate that you may be allergic to gluten =
- Abdominal pain (including bloating).
- Digestive disorders (diarrhea or vice versa, constipation).
- Weight loss.
- Growth (in children) is less than optimal.
- Often tired.
- Muscle or joint pain.
- Memory loss.
- Mood disorders including anxiety, irritability, even depression.
- Cognitive dysfunction.
- Autoimmune diseases.
- Low body resistance.
- Dental problems.
- Skin disorders.
- Hormone imbalance.
- Keratosis pilaris (striped skin diseases or acne).
The cause of gluten intolerance can range from heredity (genetics), leaky gut syndrome, until the fungal infection.
For those of you who are allergic to gluten, here are some ways to cope =
1. Buying products that are gluten-free.
This solution is the easiest way out, but also limited and expensive. Compared to ordinary food ingredients, gluten-free products are often expensive.
When you buy gluten-free products, make sure that it still contains other essential nutrients that the body needs (as well as other similar products).
2. Eating gluten free food.
Fortunately, there are foods that do not contain gluten. For example, grains such as quinoa, buckwheat, potatoes arrowroot, millet, potatoes, and rice. While flour that you can choose is the coconut and almond flour.
Beside a row of these foods, you are also advised to eat more fruits and vegetables as a source of minerals and vitamins. Lean protein consumption is also to be preferred because it can help maintain the health of the body’s muscles and cells, especially for those who suffer from celiac disease. This is because celiac sufferers are often found to be malnourished.
3. Add vitamins and supplements if necessary.
Some supplements or vitamins that recommended for people with gluten allergies are those containing DPP-IV ( a type of digestive enzymes that can reduce gluten reactions).
Vitamin D3 (2000-5000 IU per day) is also important for the immune system and digestive health. You can also rely on L-glutamine (500 g/day), which has similar functionality.
And because the body of a gluten allergy sufferers tend to have low levels of good bacteria, the probiotic supplements are also highly recommended for consumption. If you’re not sure should choose a supplement or multivitamin that is in accordance with the condition of the body, then do not hesitate to consult a doctor.