Gluten: Some Things You Need to Know

It seems like gluten is everywhere these days. It’s in our foods and on our minds because it seems to be causing a lot of bowel and digestive problems for many.

"If you have experimented with your diet and are still experiencing symptoms, we know that when we find the cause, you've found the cure.”

Gluten, found in wheat, barley and rye, is pervasive in the Standard American Diet. Some sources of gluten are obvious: breads, bagels, cereals, pasta, pizza and baked goods. Other sources are not so obvious, such as salad dressings, sauces, frozen foods, seasonings and even French fries.

Gluten and constipation - Gluten Free Diet

If you suspect your bowel problems are being caused by gluten, it makes sense that you would pursue a gluten free diet. And some people do feel better not eating gluten. Perhaps it’s because they have gotten to the cause of their irritated bowel.

But if you are eating gluten free, and you are still experiencing bowel problems, perhaps it’s time to look at other solutions.

It’s More than Gluten 

This is exactly what one of our patients did who came to see us. She was alternating between constipation and diarrhea, bloating after eating, and would get gas and abdominal cramps even though she was gluten free. This patient had heard that gluten causes diarrhea, and  assumed that it was gluten causing her diarrhea.

Our testing revealed that she did not have gluten sensitivity at all. She had other food sensitivities, whose symptoms were identical to a gluten sensitivity. Symptoms for gluten sensitivity can be easily confused with the symptoms for other food sensitivities because they are very similar.

Once we cleared up her food sensitivities she was not only able to go back to eating some of her favorite foods but she could eat gluten foods again! Plus she was so relieved to not have to be so careful anymore.

Another patient came to see us with a different problem. Again he felt better after eating less gluten but his symptoms kept reoccurring. After our testing he learned he was carbohydrate intolerant. He had difficulty digesting carbohydrate foods, such as corn, rice, milk, cheese, sugar and other grains. So while he felt somewhat better on a gluten free diet he had not solved his bowel problem completely because gluten is only one piece of the whole carbohydrate food group pie.

Gluten and Your Gut 

If you have experimented with your diet and are still experiencing symptoms, we know that when we find the cause, you’ve found the cure. At the Digestion Relief Center, our testing will help you identity which food or food groups you are sensitive or intolerant to, followed by a multi-disciplinary approach to bring you relief. After we identify what foods are causing your bowel symptoms, we help you modify your diet, enhance your digestion and desensitize you to the foods that produce allergy-like reactions.

If other approaches for bowel problems are not working, call Dr. Patrick at 530-899-8741 to schedule a consultation. Find out how you can live life free of the pain and embarrassment of bowel problems. 

Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC, Internal Health Specialist, has helped thousands of Northern California residents in the Chico and Redding area by using an effective, natural relief for IBS, food sensitivities and digestive problems. 

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