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Gluten Intolerance Symptoms

Gluten intolerance is a broad term that can refer to a few different conditions. The first and most commonly considered condition is celiac disease, but it can also refer to non-celiac gluten sensitivity or even a wheat allergy. Having a better understanding of these conditions and what to do about each of them will help you take the right steps towards the path of health and recovery.

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Wheat Allergy Symptoms

To understand the difference between a wheat allergy and celiac disease, you need to see a list of symptoms for each, but you also need to understand the context and mechanism of those symptoms as well. Discover the fundamental difference between a wheat allergy and celiac disease and learn more about what causes the symptoms of a wheat allergy.

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Gluten Intolerance Test

One of the first steps in testing for gluten intolerance should include a blood test to look for raised antibodies and other biomarkers to determine if the patient has celiac disease. Keep in mind a negative blood test doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t have a gluten intolerance of some kind. There are many things to consider both before and after testing.

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The Relationship Between Celiac Disease and Other Autoimmune Diseases

In an allergic reaction, your immune system over-reacts to a foreign substance the human body usually ignores. In an autoimmune disease, your immune system reacts to normal cells or tissues that it usually ignores or accepts. This is why a peanut allergy can trigger a severe reaction via anaphylactic shock while celiac disease can do damage without any evident, tangible reaction after eating gluten.

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Gluten Intolerance Vocabulary

You are not alone if you are confused by the vocabulary used in the gluten intolerance discussion. There are over a dozen different terms used interchangeably to represent three different conditions, and most people don’t even realize that there are three distinct conditions under the gluten intolerance umbrella. Having a better understanding of the terminology can help empower you on your quest for better health.

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Gluten Allergy Definition

The term gluten allergy is deceptive and somewhat meaningless, but I will try to provide a gluten allergy definition that will help people better understand the conditions typically related to this term. If you are familiar with my approach or my site you may know I have a problem with a couple of terms used when referring to this sensitive and complicated issue.

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