Gluten allergy, Gluten intolerance, Gluten sensitivity: When our body is unable to digest or break down the gluten protein found in wheat, rye, and barley or other grains, it has an adverse effect on our body. This unpleasant effect is termed as gluten allergy or gluten sensitivity. Gluten intolerance is a more harmful condition of gluten allergy. Gluten allergy may be mild or harsh. The amazing fact about gluten intolerance is that almost 99% of the people with gluten allergy are never diagnosed!
Gluten allergy symptoms
Some of the common symptoms of gluten intolerance are provided below:
- Abdominal discomfort or pain
- Muscular disturbances
- Swelling or pain in your joints such as knees, fingers or hips
- Fatigue or feeling tired after consuming gluten
- Migraine headaches.
- Hormone imbalances such as PMS, PCOS or unexplained infertility
- Anxiety, depression mood swings
A simple gluten allergy test would use the severity of any or a combination of the above symptoms to determine if a person is suffering from gluten allergy.
Foods with gluten
Though wheat is one of the main foods with gluten but there are some more foods with varying levels of gluten. Even in wheat, all of its forms like wheat starch, wheat bran wheat germ, cracked wheat, semolina etc. can also initiate allergic reactions.
Other foods with gluten include barley, bulgur, oats (on its own it does not contain gluten but may be contaminated in plants during processing), rye, seitan, triticale and mir (a cross between wheat and rye); barley malt, chicken broth, malt vinegar, some salad dressings, soy sauce, many common seasonings and spice mixes.
Why gluten free diet?
When a person with gluten allergy or gluten intolerance consumes gluten, his or her immune system attacks the lining of the small intestine and causes symptoms such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, headache, trouble concentrating, and fatigue. When you are unable to digest the food you also suffer with malnutrition and weight loss.
For this reason, a gluten-free diet is the only treatment for those who are aware of their gluten allery it. Though it is not easy to avoid gluten, but staying focused on all the other options to avoid allergy helps. In the present times the market is full with gluten free food which you can enjoy and relish.
Gluten free bread recipes
There is a whole new world of Gluten Free Recipes available now on internet as well as recipe books. We provide below the one of the gluten-free bread recipe. For this you would need:
1 ½ cups blanched almond flour
¾ cup arrowroot powderWatch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)
¼ cup golden flax meal
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon agave nectar or honey
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
In a bowl, mix almond flour, arrowroot, flax meal, salt, and baking soda. In a larger bowl, blend eggs 3-5 minutes until frothy. Stir agave and vinegar into the eggs. Mix dry ingredients into the wet ones. Pour Scoop batter into a well greased 7.5 x 3.5 loaf pan
Bake at 350º for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of loaf comes out clean. Cool and serve
You may add 2 whipped eggs to make it rise higher.
Home Remedies for Gluten Allergies
Home remedies have proved to be very useful in controlling gluten allergies. Some of the best home remedies for gluten allergies are given below:
- First and foremost remedy is to avoid wheat, barley and rye-based food, in your meal.
- Ginger helps in promoting mucus secretion and hence reduces the effect of the acid on the stomach. Chew a small piece of ginger. If you find this difficult, you may boil the chopped ginger in a cup of water and drink it.
- You may chew the fresh leaves of mint or prepare mint by adding few leaves in boiling water while preparing your regular tea. You may also boil few leaves of mint in water, drain and drink it.
- Indian Gooseberry (Amla) is rich in vitamin C which helps in healing the injured stomach lining and esophagus. Consume it in any form.
- Holy Basil (Tulsi) helps in producing more mucous and has anti-ulcer properties. Eat 5-6 leaves after having meal.
- If you are suffering with stomach ache due to constipation or indigestion caused by gluten allergy then you may try aloe vera juice, not the direct pulp from the leaves. It will improve your constipation and indigestion as well as decrease the pain of stomach.
- Boil 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds into 1 cup of water. Let it stand for 10 minutes. Now drain and drink it. Drink 2 to 3 cups per day. You may add honey to make it sweet. It helps in reducing gas, indigestion, reduces nausea and also helps in cramping.