Gluten Free But Not Free of Irritable Bowel?

Joan decided to go gluten free and she hasn’t felt this good in years.

Judy went “gluten free” also…but she is still experiencing the symptoms associated with IBS, such as constipation, bloating after meals, excess gas, and loose stools.

Find out how you, or someone you love can live life free of the pain and embarrassment of bowel problems.

What is gluten free? What’s the difference between Joan and Judy? Both went gluten free, right?

People who stop eating gluten and feel better may have gluten sensitivity. That explains why eliminating gluten from their diet helps.  Like Joan, it appears they have found the cause of their digestive upset.

Other folks like Judy - the folks who are still experiencing irritable bowel problems when they eat - have not yet gotten to the root dietary cause. So what’s the solution for them?


Are you finding that you are spending too much time in this room? 

Part of the solution is understanding there might be more to it than just gluten sensitivity.

A Bigger Fish to Fry Than Gluten? 

While gluten and digestion problems occur together, It may be more than gluten causing diarrhea or bowel problems.  Judy may have other unidentified food sensitivities, since not eating gluten did not help her. In fact she may be sensitive to other foods, or sensitive to other ingredients that are shared by many foods.

Or, Judy may have a food intolerance that may or may not be related to gluten. You may have heard of lactose intolerance? Lactose intolerance means a person has trouble digesting diary products. Judy may be carbohydrate intolerant for example, or may have developed intolerance to other foods in the carbohydrate group such as corn, rice, milk, cheese, sugar and other grains.

Food intolerances are quantity related. That means that at some point our carbohydrate, fat and/or protein intake crosses a line and we have exceeded our body’s capacity to digest it, resulting in bowel problems.

Some folks say, “No matter what I eat I still experience bowel upset”. These people may have a mixed intolerance to fat, carbohydrate, and protein.  Of course none of us eat only a plate full of fat, or protein or carbohydrate all alone. And, none of us eat pure gluten alone. Most of us eat meals in combination, which makes it hard to figure all this on your own.

If you have experimented with your diet and are still experiencing bowel problems, there is another option. When you find the root cause, you’ve found the cure.

When You Find The Cause, You Get The Cure 

At the Digestion Relief Center, we use a multi- disciplinary approach to bring you relief. First we identify what foods are causing your bowel problems - whether it is a food sensitivity or intolerance. Depending on our findings, we desensitize you to the foods that produce allergy-like reactions, help you modify your diet if necessary, and improve your digestion and bowel function.

If traditional medical or self help approaches for your irritable bowel problems are not working, call Dr. Patrick at 530-899-8741 to schedule a consultation in our Chico based office.  Find out how you, or someone you love can live life free of the pain and embarrassment of bowel problems.

Dr. Patrick Giammarise, D.C. , founder of the Digestion Relief Center in Chico, California, specializes in effective,  relief for food sensitivities, intolerances and digestive problems. Dr. Patrick can be reached at 530-899-8741. 

© Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC, 2016. All Rights Reserved.

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