Is gluten a problem for you?
Check out my interview on TVNZ Breakfast about Coeliac Disease and things to consider when you are making Gluten Free choices.
As with all interviews, time is short, so here are some extra tips:
1) If you have gut issues, tiredness or anything that you feel that is tempting you to try going gluten free (as it seems to be the ‘go to’ answer these days, even though often it isn’t really the problem or all of the problem, as I outline below). Before you do give up gluten, go to your GP and ask for a coeliac screen, initially a blood test which can pick up if you are having an immune reaction to gluten and need further investigations to confirm if you have Coeliac Disease or not.
If you remove gluten from your diet or have inadequate gluten when you have this test, you can get a false negative result.
As it is suggested over 80% of people with Coeliac Disease don’t know it, it is important to see if you are one of them BEFORE going GF (gluten free).
For more about that, check this out.
2) If you find out you aren’t Coeliac and still have gasto symptoms such as diarrhoea, constipation and bloating, it could be that you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or something else.
If you have IBS and remove gluten, you may feel better but it isn’t because of the ‘gluten’ it is because you will have eliminated wheat (where too much can be an issue for some people with IBS) and other foods which are triggers for IBS. If you have IBS, you need to get advice that is correct for that condition.
More on the diet used to manage IBS here.
Other interesting reading about going gluten free here.
OVERALL: If you have health issues or concerns about your nutrition, it really is best to seek the advice of qualified registered professionals who are trained to help with this, as the issue with ‘Dr Google’s advice’ or that of well-meaning neighbours or colleagues, is they don’t know what they don’t know and you might be missing something that is super important to get to the bottom of.
Registered Dietitians have 5 years training in NZ and Registered Nutritionists a minimum of 3 years and are trained to understand all the blood results, tests and give the correct up to date EVIDENCE BASED advice that you need to help you get on the right track. I personally trained as a Dietitian in the UK and work here in NZ as a Registered Nutritionist.
If you are looking for personalised nutrition advice, my team of registered professionals can help at Mission Nutrition 🙂