Is your Child Gluten Intolerant?

Is your Child Gluten Intolerant?
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Gluten intolerance or Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) affects one in ten people. Sadly, due to the long list of symptoms, many of these sufferers go undiagnosed. Little is known about gluten intolerance and there is much debate about the causes and even the existence of this condition. While scientists disagree, there is colloquial evidence to support the notion that cutting gluten from your family’s diet may alleviate the symptoms.

Causes of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

Because so little is known about this condition, scientists and nutritionists have not come to a consensus about the cause of gluten sensitivity. Some point to GMOs and pesticides while others focus on modern baking methods.

In traditional bread making, dough was left to ferment for hours which allowed time for the gluten to be converted into digestible sugars. However, when the modern Chorleywood baking method was introduced in England in 1961, it meant that bread only needed 45 minutes to be made from start to finish.

While this was good news for the baking industry, it was bad news for bellies and the gluten no longer had time to convert to digestible sugars. This means that baked goods are filled with more gluten than our digestive systems can handle.

Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance

If your child is suffering from one or more of these symptoms, they may be gluten intolerant.

  • Feeling tired after eating goods with gluten
  • Irritability, lack of concentration and focus
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Numbness or pins and needles in arms and legs, hands and feet
  • Stomach pain and bloating
  • Gas, diarrhea and constipation
  • Depression, anxiety and mood swings
  • Keratosis Pilaris which is a bumpy texture to the skin on the back of the arms
  • Rashes, hives or canker sores
  • Anemia, dizziness and vertigo
  • Nausea and vomiting

From Dr. Julian Whitaker: “The good news is that gluten intolerance is one of the few medical conditions for which we have a cure that is 100 percent effective for 100 percent of affected patients. All you have to do is eliminate gluten from your life. This is the only thing that will allow the villi to recover and regenerate.”

It’s best to consult your pediatrician or dietician before changing your child’s diet. If you are going to follow a gluten-free diet, ensure that your child gets all the nutrition and whole grains they need for healthy development. Just because a product is gluten-free, doesn’t mean it’s healthy so read all labels before you spend money on products that are high in sugar and other chemical additives.

Get advice on how to add gluten-free foods to your family’s diet that provide them with the carbohydrates and proteins they need. Fill up on fruits, veggies and whole grains.

You may also need to inform teachers and school staff of your child’s gluten-sensitivity so that they can avoid foods which contain gluten.

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