Having a wheat intolerance is very trendy, all the kids want one you know. It’s the ‘must have’ celebrity health concern.
Joking aside, difficulties digesting wheat do affect lots of people, and wheat comes up frequently in allergy testing.
But you don’t need an allergy test to tell you if you’ve got a problem with wheat; the only thing you need to ask yourself is ‘do I feel better when I don’t eat wheat?’. If the answer is a definite yes, then you have various options open to you. One option is to avoid all sources of wheat for a time and then re-introduce it into your diet to see if it is still affecting you. In some cases, the body just needs a rest from the offending substance to ‘recover’, and when re-introduced it will not cause any problems. Another option is to continue to eat wheat, but being more aware of how it makes you feel, and thinking carefully about when and how you eat it. Some people fall into the habit of eating wheat-based foods at three meals a day without thinking about the other options open to them. In this respect, it’s good to broaden your food horizons and start to look for other things that you might really like to eat. Again, sometimes reducing your intake of wheat in this way helps you to better tolerate it, because you are eating smaller amounts that the body can easily deal with.
These two options don’t always help though, and sometimes eating even a small amount of wheat can cause bloating, discomfort and other problems. So what do you do if you fall into this category? I think wheat is particularly hard to avoid, and it can be very stressful to have to manage your diet in this way; complete avoidance is a difficult long term option, as people with coeliac disease can tell you.
Well the good news is that this kind of problem can be fairly easy to resolve, and in my experience allergies and intolerances are not necessarily something you’re stuck with forever. In particular, food allergies and intolerances are a sign that all is not well with your digestive and immune systems, and these issues can respond well to various natural therapies (kinesiology and nutritional therapy included). I have had many clients who now eat wheat freely, when previously it had caused them significant discomfort.
One of the common reasons these allergies and intolerances can arise is due to the use of antibiotics. Although antibiotics can get rid of infections that may be endangering your life and your health, they can also adversely affect your digestive system in years to come. Antibiotics can greatly reduce the amount of beneficial bacteria in our digestive systems, potentially leading to all kinds of digestive and immune problems. There are other factors involved too; for example, maybe your body is not producing enough digestive enzymes, or perhaps your digestive system is affected by emotional stress. But once identified, all of these contributing causes can be addressed, putting you back on the path to good health.
So once you understand which substances are affecting you – either via allergy testing or your own experimentation – remember that strict avoidance is not your only option.