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Q: Who should not have gluten?

Posted October 02, 2013 in Advice Column, Johnston

A: Even if you don’t have stomach pains or Celiac’s disease and allergy tests are negative, you may still be gluten intolerant. It is now important to have genetic testing to see if gluten is an underlying factor for you, as well as 40 percent of the population. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and products that contain flour. Gluten has been linked to more than 55 diseases as an underlying irritant that increases inflammation much like adding gasoline to a fire!

Ten signs you are gluten intolerant:
1. Digestive issues (gas, bloating, constipation)
2. Small bumps on the back of the arms (malabsorption due to gluten damaging the gut)
3. Fatigue or tired after eating meals with gluten
4. Diagnosed with autoimmune disease
5. Dizziness or feeling off balance
6. Infertility, PCOS or PMS
7. Migraine headaches
8. Chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
9. Inflammation, swelling, or pain in hands, knees or hips
10. Anxiety, depression, ADD

Gluten free can be affordable and easy. Use potatoes, rice and oats for carbohydrates. Don’t replace breads with sweets, but instead increase fruits and vegetables. Your body will be healthier and less painful.

Information provided by Dr. Juliet O’Donnell, DC, Heartland Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 5521 N.W. 86th St., Johnston, 252-8668.

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