So it’s the morning after the night before, you had one too many slices of pizza and you feel rather unwell. A feeling you’ve experienced many times before and brushed aside. Or you’ve had a delicious plate of pasta and then felt queasy but put it down to the bowl of ice cream you had for desert. It’s not a coinsidence when I tell you that common factor here is Gluten. Yes, the ‘G word’, the word people roll their eyes up at because they think you’re just on a fad diet. If you feel unwell when you have a piece of cake, a sandwich or even a bowl of cornflakes, then it’s time you booked an appointment with your doctor.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I was never quite right, I just ignored it, but I wish I hadn’t as it just caused me to end up with ME and a Vitamin D deficiency (which then lead to low bone density). I was bought up with the knowledge that bread made my Dad feel unwell yet he told me he had IBS. A common diagnosis for a condition so easily overlooked back in the day. When I finally decided enough was enough (as by this point my health was just on a downward slope) I cut gluten out of my diet. None of the ‘I’m Gluten Free but that cake looks too good to miss’, that I so often hear. You can’t be half hearted, your health isn’t to be risked. It isn’t easy, when you’ve gone your whole life enjoying croissants for breakfast, the withdrawals don’t make it any easier either, but let me tell you, it is so worth it.
The first test for Coeliac disease is a blood test to check for antibodies, however it is possible to have a negative test and still have Coeliac Disease. If this happens they will need to perform a gut biopsy. For this to be reliable, you have to introduce gluten back into your diet for six weeks (if you have already cut it out).
I felt so much better since I made the decision to cut gluten out of my diet. My body was finally able to absorb nutrients. However, my test came back negative, they wanted to do a gut biopsy at first, however we came to an agreement that since cutting gluten out of my diet I showed such improvement that re introducing gluten just to be labeled a coeliac was not important at the present time as my health was too fragile. Therefore I cannot officially be labelled a Coeliac. I am Gluten Sensitive.
What’s the difference between Coeliac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity?
Coeliac disease is an auto immune disease. The body’s immune system attacks itself when gluten is eaten. This causes damage to the lining of the gut. The body cannot absorb nutrients.
Gluten sensitivity is when symptoms similar to Coeliac Disease are experienced however there are no associated antibodies and there is no damage to the lining of the gut. The body cannot absorb nutrients.
-Various vitamin deficiencies
-Autoimmmune diseases (such as Type 1 diabetes, ME, Thyroid disease, and more)
-Weight loss/Inability to gain weight
There are more symptoms and their severity depends on the individual. Not everyone experiences the same symtoms which is why it’s harder to diagnose.
If you feel like you can relate to this post, please don’t get upset, stressed or eliminate gluten from your diet without talking to your doctor first. As this will make the gut biopsy (should you need one) invalid.
Love, Kensa x
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