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Are you allergic to gluten? Sometimes it’s hard to tell, and tests are expensive. So, here’s a simple experiment for you to try at home… If you’d like to see if you’re allergic to gluten without paying a ton of money for lab testing, do the following:
*Disclaimer: As always, you should check in with an integrative health care practitioner to guide you along your path to health and wellness.*
1) Try not eating any gluten whatsoever for one month (be careful as this can be tricky since gluten is in more foods than you might know).
2) Be mindful about how you feel. If you normally have certain symptoms, see if they improve in that one month period (e.g. if you get migraines, digestive issues, joint pain, track how often you get them during that month and compare it to previous months).
3) Then eat gluten (you don’t need to eat whole lot, just what you would normally eat, like pasta or a sandwich).
4) Use those mindfulness skills again to see how you’re responding to the gluten. If you’re feeling fine that day or the next, then you’re not allergic (most likely).
If, however, you start feeling arthritic pain, migraine, nausea, dizziness, skin irritation, depression, moodiness, “hangover-like” feeling, flu-like symptoms, allergy-like symptoms, bloating, et cetera, then you might have a gluten allergy and could need further testing. The good news, is that if it is a gluten allergy, you might be able to simply (though not always so simply!) eliminate gluten from your diet and see if that helps you feel better for the long haul.
Cheers to your health!