Dr Oz: New Gluten Warning Signs
Gluten Sensitivity has been mentioned on Dr Oz’s show in the past, but it is getting a second look from doctors, even though its symptoms do not affect the gut. Could you be one of the unknown victims of this new epidemic?
Have you had any of these symptoms?
- Brain Fog
- Aching Joints
- Skin Rashes
You might have them and test negative for Celiac Disease. But you know there is still something wrong. It may be Gluten Sensitivity, and it creates an immune reaction that spreads symptoms throughout the body.
Dr Oz: Gluten Sensitive
Jennifer said that no one would take her seriously when she complained about her symptoms over a year and a half. She had trouble getting out of bed, no matter how much she slept. She had scaly patches and breakouts as well, which were embarrassing. In addition to all that, she gained 20 pounds and had headaches almost daily.
Finally, Jennifer met a nutritionist who tested her for a variety of triggers. The answer was Gluten Sensitivity. She learned quickly how to get it out of her diet, and her symptoms dissipated after just a week. She lost the excess weight in just a few months.
Gluten, a protein in wheat, barley, and rye, is used in baking for fluffy bread and stretchy dough. It’s a thickener and sauce ingredient as well. But when Jennifer ate these foods, she would feel awful.
Dr Oz: Gluten Sensitivity Epidemic
Functional medicine specialist Dr Amy Myers calls Gluten Sensitivity “the next epidemic.” She said that doctors are familiar with Celiac Disease and even the digestive impact of Gluten Sensitivity. But there are many more symptoms they may not be aware of.
Dr Myers said that at least 18 million people have Gluten Sensitivity, but there could be many more who don’t know they have chronic inflammation. About 95% of her patients, who are tested in her clinic, are positive for Gluten Sensitivity.
More scientific studies are tying many new symptoms to gluten. The New England Journal of Medicine has linked 50 diseases to gluten. But Dr Myers said it can take up to 20 years for a new medical discovery to hit the mainstream, so that the public and the medical community are aware of it.
Dr Oz: New Warning Signs of Gluten Sensitivity
- Migraines and Headaches are one of the common symptoms. A study found that 56% of people with Migraines had a Gluten Sensitivity.
- Brain Fog is another symptom, due to inflammation caused in the brain.
- Depression is a result of nutritional deficiencies caused indirectly by gluten’s effects on nutrient absorption.
- Joint Pain, Arthritis, and Skin Rashes are all common outward signs of internal inflammation.
Dr Oz: Gluten Spectrum
A normal immune system would not have a problem with Gluten. But when you have a Gluten Sensitivity, it can cause the immune system to attack your joints, skin, and brain, but not necessarily the gut.
The Gluten Spectrum runs from Gluten Tolerant to Celiac Disease. In between those symptoms are the large population who are Gluten Sensitive. There is a specific blood test that can check you for Gluten Sensitivity.
You could also do this yourself at home. Remove Gluten from your diet for two weeks to see if your symptoms improve. If they return when you add it back in, that will be a major clue for you.
Dr Oz: 2-Week Gluten Free Diet
- Avoid packaged foods.
- Even gluten-free products contain grains that could be cross-contaminated.
- Only eat whole foods during a two-week trial. Eat fruits, protein, veggies, nuts, and seeds.
- Products with trace amounts can be called “gluten-free” even if that is not 100% true.