Test for Gluten Cross-Reactive Foods!
On a previous post we talked about gluten, the benefits of a gluten-free diet and hinted at the challenges of a gluten-free diet. One of the big factors that creates problems for people who try a gluten-free diet is not knowing or understanding the complexities of going gluten-free.
For some, going gluten-free can be a fairly simple transition and they notice significant changes with just being gluten-free. For others, they may feel better initially and then feel worse, and some no better at all on a gluten-free diet.
One HUGE reason someone on a gluten-free diet may not see significant changes is that they are eating foods that cross-react with gluten. This means that while they are not eating gluten, some of the foods they are eating look enough like gluten to their immune system that the immune system thinks it is gluten and they still have a gluten reaction.
Cyrex Labs has identified a number of foods that cross-react with gluten and included them in their Array 4 panel. Foods that are cross-reactive include dairy proteins whey and casein, as well as things like coffee. The panel also tests for common food sensitivities that people who go on a gluten-free diet often develop. Some people have cross-reactions and some don’t. Some have cross-reactions to one thing and some many things.
If you’ve gone on a gluten-free diet in the past and didn’t feel a difference, or had a honeymoon period where you felt better and then symptoms returned, it’s probably because you were consuming gluten and you didn’t realize it, you were consuming cross-reactive foods, or have a “leaky gut” and developed food sensitivities.
Our recommendation for anyone thinking of starting a gluten-free lifestyle is to determine if you have a “leaky gut” that needs to be supported and if you have gluten-cross reactions so that you have a much smoother transition. If you don’t make the transition the right way, you may suffer in the long run.
We often test people who say they are gluten-free, but feel no difference being “gluten-free”. When we test them for gluten cross-reactive foods, we find the answer as to why they have not experienced a difference with this diet change. They have a leaky gut and because of the change in foods they are eating they have developed multiple food sensitivities.
Don’t suffer another minute!
Call Dr. Dranko or Dr. Gorlesky at (919) 556-1033 to schedule your complimentary, no-obligation Meet & Greet today.