Does Wheat Make You Feel Yuck?

Do you feel rundown and fatigued or experience stomach pain when you eat food with wheat, rye, or barley? Maybe you experience bloating or diarrhea? Have you been tested for celiac disease but the results came back negative? New studies are indicating that it is indeed likely that you can have a sensitivity to wheat.

Sometimes sensitivities are hard to pinpoint because they might not show up in the blood tests that can determine celiac disease. But you know the symptoms are real. So what is your next step? A team of scientists from Columbia University Medical Center may have determined why some people have a sensitivity to wheat.

The research consisted of 80 people with non-celiac wheat sensitivity (NCWS), compared to 40 people with celiac and 40 people without celiac. The study monitored diet and showed that people with NCWS did have biomarkers in their blood that indicated intestinal cell damage as well as evidence that their immune system had been activated against antigens that might have originated in their guts. Further study indicated that when the participants went wheat, rye, and barley free for six months, those biomarkers that showed up in the blood had gone down. Participants also reported feeling fewer symptoms.

The best way to determine if you are affected by celiac disease or NCWS is to talk to your doctor about any symptoms you may be experiencing. Keep a food journal that logs what you eat, portions, and any symptoms that occur after you eat. If you are diagnosed with either celiac or NCWS, doctors do recommend a change in diet to help lessen your symptoms.  The doctors at TDDC know exactly how hard Non-Celiac Wheat Sensitivity can be. We are ready to help you live a healthier life with fewer symptoms. Find a location near you.