Is There a Link Between Wheat and Chronic Illness

Kerri Knox’s article, “Got a Chronic Health Problem: You Just Might Have Celiac Disease”, serves as the inspiration for this posting. Though Kerri’s article hits the nail on the head regarding wheat’s role in Celiac Disease, I would take it a step further to say that you don’t necessarily have to have Celiac Disease to encounter problems with wheat.

For me, wheat caused many problems and it wasn’t until I successfully identified the link between my symptoms and wheat that I was able to take matters into my own hands and get rid of some of my symptoms.  Not only did I feel better, but I also began to think more clearly. I literally felt as though a fog had been lifted.

To think that wheat could cause so many problems may seem strange.  After all, you can’t help but turn on the tv or read an ad to see that wheat is basically being shoved down our throats.  In fact, most manufacturers have done a good job in making us think that adding wheat to any food makes it that much better.

So how can you tell if you’re allergic to wheat?  You can try the normal route and have allergy tests performed by a doctor.  Or, you can just try the elimination diet.  Basically, you can eliminate all grains from your diet for at least 7 days.  On the 8th day, eat a bit of wheat in the morning (cream of wheat works well) and take note of your symptoms for about 2 hours.  Do you notice any stuffiness or brain fog after eating? How about aches and pains?

Finding out if you’re sensitive to wheat is only half the battle.  Then you have to find out how to eat to avoid wheat, which is the fun part.  But, don’t worry, there are a lot of wheat and gluten free products on the market these days.   You just have to search for them.

While you might encounter an occasional hiccup in the road while accommodating a wheat allergy or wheat sensitivity, or you may have to overcome a learning curve or challenge, always remember that you’re worth the effort.

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