Gluten or dairy free and why?

Could your everyday food be causing you the pain your feeling?

For many it must seem like there is a sudden fad over the last few years to go gluten or dairy free. While it is definitely more common now days it is definitely not a fad. If you suffer any of the symptoms mentioned lower down in this blog on a regular basis definitely worth considering for yourself.

Some people put up with low level pain for years. Some even put up with chronic pain. But rather than considering what they eat might be causing this pain they rush off to the doctor with yet another symptom or ailment and walk out with synthetic drugs to heal a suspected this or that. Or they resign themselves to a lifetime of pain relief or worse they end up in surgery for all the wrong reasons.

Symptoms people often find present if they have a gluten intolerance, allergy or sensitivity include: Join pain, digestive disorder, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, headaches, irritated skin, brain fog, mood changes, depression and this is the shortened list.

Symptoms often present if dairy is a problem include: sinus congestion, constant runny nose, Acne, bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea and nausea.

Not a nice list of symptoms to be sure and a lot of these people try and fix these with a pain killer, coffee, vitamins, pills. The reality could be though that all they need to do is a simple elimination test on themselves and see if anything changes and adjust their diet accordingly.

Not too difficult sounding is it. So how does that work? Generally speaking you eliminate gluten or dairy or both from your diet for a minimum period of three weeks. Plan before and know your substitute food and give it a go.

Then you keep a diary. Best to start this the week before you begin with a list of symptoms or things bothering you in your body each day. note especially on bad days what you ate. Then after you eliminate the food group you note each day how you are feeling. You might like to do this morning and night.

Note: Initially you may experience a bit of a detox and symptoms from that for 3-4 days and things may even feel worse but then you should start to notice a dramatic difference for the better. Especially in your second and third week.

This is your proof you body is happier without the food you have eliminated. Continue for the three weeks to get a maximum effect and see any patterns emerging. Note down: cravings, pains, feelings and moods in this time.

Then after 3 weeks start to reintroduce the food group back in again. Do this even if you were feeling measurably better. The reason we do this is so we can notice how our body reacts to the food being reintroduced again. Note down over the next week again how you feel each day and make sure you have the previously eliminated dairy or gluten each day.

This type of self testing is often a lot cheaper than a trip to the doctor and their subsequent pharmaceutical medication. Some people who end up on long term meds or having organs removed through pain disorders later on discover they have an intolerance to dairy or gluten and perhaps surgery could have been avoided had that been picked up earlier.

I hear the cry of ” but people have eaten that food for years why is is only causing problems now”. The reality with this and all aliments that seem to be more prevalent is that people talk more now about themselves than they ever did years ago. We know when pain and illness is present or someone gets a bad diagnosis and more people go to doctors now as they are more affordable and easier to get access to.

It was not until the late 1800s early 1900s that grains became readily available through modernised milling techniques. So we only have 2-3 generations of learning on the effects of these foods for humans. Also refined grains are in more foods than ever before so the problems are multiplied.

Consumed milk products were originally from goats as they were the first milk producing animal to be domesticated. Most people can tolerate goats milk. However obviously there is more milk from larger animals and so domesticated cows became the preferred milkable animal. Cows milk is high in lactose and approximately 65 % of adults have a reduced ability to digest lactose after infancy as we stop producing lactase which is needed to digest milk (between 2-5) and yet we all keep drinking cows milk products.

I am not a GP so I can not tell you the best route for you. However I also know that many GPs do not consider what is eaten to have an impact on health unless it is an actual allergic response like people have to peanuts or shellfish. When you go to the doctor with constant sinus infections or colds they don’t ever say “well have you considered it might be what your eating?” Not at all it is her is this pill and nose spray, hopefully that helps and if not come back and see me.

My urge to you is to use your symptoms as clues and try and work out what from your direct environment or consumed foods could perhaps be causing problems before you rush off to the GP and end up getting you stomach removed. Over the top I know but still “food for thought”

Be well everyone