Gluten free diets are all the rage these days. Cafe’s serve gluten free biscuits, restaurants now offer gluten free menus and even pizza joints are getting on board with gluten free crusts! It seems this 4.5 billion dollar industry is only strengthening by the day. So what is the deal with this scary gluten stuff, and why does it seem that every other person is trying to avoid it?
For many people, giving up gluten it is a dietary decision, motivated by curiosity and a desire to live a healthier life. It is no secret that gluten consumption has been linked to weight gain, allergies, digestive stress and is often avoided when following a low carb diet.
But for others, like myself, the avoidance of gluten is connected to serious issues. We don’t have the option of “going gluten free” for lunch, but not supper. Absolute elimination of this protein is a mere necessity for controlling and reversing specific diseases and illnesses.
January 2013 is when I discovered that I have a severe gluten intolerance. After Christmas I came down with a virus, which in turn triggered my urticaria. Bugger! I had made tremendous progress in the fall following the GAPS diet, and truly felt healing on a deep level. Why then did a little encounter with pink eye through my hives into full swing? It was obvious that the issues related to my urticaria are immune related, so the search for the cause of my urticaria outbreaks continued. My ND, Dr. A Beaubrun at Integra Naturopathics diagnosed me with a gluten mediated immune dysfunction – more simply put, a severe intolerance to gluten that when consumed, reaks havock on my immune system, along with damage to other systems in my body. I am a bit ashamed to admit, but I consumed a butt-load of gluten over Christmas! I did not have the will power to resist this time. I felt fine enough to consume it and monitored my energy levels, so I figured I could cheat for a few weeks. What was the harm??? Oops.
If you believe gluten intolerance may be related to your health issue, here is what might be happening to you.