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All You Need to Know About Gluten Intolerance

Do you fear you have gluten intolerance and are not able to enjoy your meals?

Gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity is the talk of the town these days. However, not everything you read or hear on the internet is true.

We are here to clear up all the confusions regarding gluten intolerance.

What actually is Gluten?

Gluten is a broad term used for a number of proteins called prolamins. It is a form of protein present in certain grains. It is the same ingredient that is associated with the sponginess of bread we all love. Gluten can be further broken down into glutenins and gliadins, which are a collection of amino acids. Gluten is abundantly present in a number of food items we consume every single day.

What is Gluten Intolerance?

Gluten is not something to worry about for most people. However, it can cause severe reactions for some. Gluten intolerance, as the name suggests, is the intolerance of the body to gluten. The most common symptoms of gluten intolerance include

  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Acid Reflux
  • ADHD
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Acne
  • Dandruff
  • Asthma
  • Sinus congestion and infections
  • Water Retention and Bloating

In severe cases, it is also linked to heart disease, low body density, headaches, intestinal cancers, stunted growth, thyroid issues and diabetes. Gluten intolerance particularly affects the people who have celiac disease. It is an inherited disease of the autoimmune system that remains dormant for years. People with celiac disease are unable to digest gluten and hence feel the above-mentioned symptoms.

Diagnosing Gluten Intolerance

Since there is a wide range of symptoms associated with gluten intolerance, physicians are not able to diagnose it easily. This is where genetic testing comes in. With the help of a genetic test, one can find out if you are genetically predisposed to celiac disease, a form of gluten sensitivity. If you are predisposed to celiac disease, you can then make a personalized diet plan that is free from gluten.

Gluten Fit

We have devised a genetic test to help determine if genetics play a role in your gluten sensitivity. Gluten Fit is a genetic test that helps you and your physician understand your genetic risk of celiac-related gluten sensitivity and what type of diet can best help you stay healthy.

Here is what you can learn with Gluten Fit

  • If you carry celiac disease-associated alleles that confirm risk for the disease
  • What type of diet best suits you

With the help of Gluten Fit, you can be on your way to a healthy body through a personalized diet plan. Learn more about Gluten Fit.