A lot of people are sensitive to gluten. The most extreme sensitivity is called celiac disease, and it is a common problem diagnosed in people in their late teens and early twenties. For many people, the first sign that they have an issue with gluten is when they develop acid reflux and other peptic problems.
Peptic disease is the collective name for acid reflux, heartburn, GERD and stomach ulcers. People who have non-HP peptic disease may want to be considered for a diagnosis of celiac disease. This is something that can be tested for quite easily.
Gluten sensitivity can be hard to diagnose, because gluten is found in so many different foods. A lot of people think that just avoiding bread is enough to avoid problems with gluten but the issue is that there are so many other foods that contain it. Pastries, cakes, even beer, can all contain gluten. Even if you are diligent about those foods, you might find that it crops up in sauces – so if you have a severe intolerance to it then you might run into trouble just when trying to eat ‘meat and vegetables’.
Going for a true gluten free diet can often be enough to stop acid reflux problems. It is not uncommon for people with serious heartburn, ulcers and other digestive problems to enjoy complete remission once they stop eating gluten.
The problem with this is that it is quite hard for people to be screened accurately for gluten intolerance. The tests for celiac disease are difficult to perform and do actually have a high false negative rate. There are also a lot of people who have gluten intolerance, but are not actually classed as being celiac. They have malabsorption issues, and gluten causes inflammation and other problems for them.
The bottom line is that if you are having digestive issues, then you might want to try taking a food allergy test, and also try cleaning up your diet. You can also try an alkaline diet because there are many benefits of alkalizing your body. Talk to your doctor before you do this. Do not just try an elimination diet without getting advice from a doctor first – but tell your doctor that you would like to explore non-drug based solutions to see if there is something that you can make work for your circumstances.
Talk to your doctor about your gastric problems, and see if they can help you. Keep a food diary, and look at how certain foods make you feel. Gluten intolerance is just one of the issues that people face. For some people, instead of gluten being the problem, the issue is lactose intolerance, and there are other common allergies as well. It may take a lot of testing and trial and error but you should be able to figure out what foods cause the worst issues for you, and then put together a diet that will keep you feeling fit and healthy, and that will not aggravate any digestive problems that you may have.