Am I Intolerant to Gluten?
It is estimated that 6% of the UK have an intolerance to gluten. While this seems like a high number, this is a food sensitivity that goes largely undiagnosed. This means a huge proportion of UK children and adults are living with the symptoms of a food intolerance - which is something that we at Supply Life aim to change. As well as offering professional food intolerance tests, we also ensure we share our knowledge and advice with our community, advising on ways to limit the impact of an intolerance to help our readers lead a happy, healthy life.
Below, we explore what a gluten intolerance looks like and some telltale signs that you may be intolerant to gluten.
What’s the difference between a gluten allergy and gluten intolerance?
If you have an allergy to gluten, you suffer from Celiac Disease. Research suggests that 1% of the global population have this disease. An allergy would see the body’s immune system overreact after consuming gluten products. The body essentially reacts to gluten as if it were a virus and fights against it. An allergy can have huge impacts on the body long-term, causing inflammation and damage to the digestive tracts.
An intolerance, on the other hand, is a digestive system response. This can result in itching, vomiting, shortness of breath, headaches and severe abdominal pains. A gluten intolerance does not boast any severe long-term health issues.
Signs you may have an intolerance to gluten
- Bloating - Bloating is a common sign that your body is not tolerating the food that you consume. If you experience bloating shortly after eating wheat, it could signal that you have a sensitivity to gluten.
- Stomach cramps - Although there may be a myriad of reasons for you having stomach aches, gluten is renowned for causing abdominal discomfort to those that are intolerant.
- Migraines - Many reports have told of how gluten-intolerant individuals are more prone to migraines than others. According to data, more than 15% of UK adults complain of regular migraines. Having a gluten intolerance can also be connected to ‘brain fog’, that feeling where you just do not feel right in yourself.
- Depression and anxiety - People who suffer from digestive issues are more susceptible to anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. This is largely due to the fact that food sensitivities can be stressful and in some cases, life-limiting.
- Skin issues - Some bodies react to gluten with skin issues, with rashes, itchiness and acne being common responses to a gluten intolerance.
How can a food intolerance test help me?
If you are experiencing symptoms such as those mentioned above, it may well be time to take a food intolerance test. When using Supply Life for your food intolerance tests, we will provide much more than a diagnosis. As well as providing your results within 7 days, we will also offer support, meal plans and guidance on how best to limit the impact your intolerance has on your life.
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