The current trend in gluten-free products, both in our supermarkets and at our eateries, means gluten-sensitivity is being dismissed as a fluffy consumer fad. The true picture, however, is far more complex.
The prevalence of non-coeliac-gluten-sensitivity is estimated to be six-ten times higher than coeliac disease and for every one person that develops a digestive complaint following gluten there are eight who are affected elsewhere in the body, including the brain, thyroid and musculoskeletal system.
The current tests available through your GP examine a single gluten protein, when in reality there are many factors that pose a problem, meaning people are falling through the cracks.
Our immune system has a limited number of options to respond to a limitless number of insults and whilst many individuals can quite happily tolerate gluten, as with most things, we all have our tipping points and may go on to develop gluten-sensitivity.
The tests I use in clinic measure a total of 9 wheat proteins and their specific enzymes. Any of these can challenge our immune system – we especially become vulnerable when we’ve been under any form of stress.
The clinical tests can also give an indication of whether your body is generating an autoimmune response which will be damaging specific tissue in your body.
If you would like to take the guess work out of gluten-sensitivity by investing in testing or have a health condition that you’ve been unable to resolve through other means then please get in touch.