A Wheat Allergy or Intolerance as a
cause of IBS?
A Wheat Free Diet may help.

Article by Kev

If you have a wheat allergy or your irritable bowel syndrome is caused as a result of a wheat intolerance then a wheat free diet may be just what you need.

What is a Wheat Free diet?
Just as the name suggests a 'Wheat Free Diet' is where you eliminate all sources of whole wheat from your diet.

In some cases IBS may be triggered by an allergy to wheat and if you suspect that your IBS is being caused by a reaction to wheat products its a good place to start by eliminating wheat from your diet.

Its always worth speaking to your doctor or nutritionist about a possible wheat allergy or wheat intolerance because they'll be able to offer you tests to see if you are allergic.


Symptoms
Some of the most common symptoms which seem to be apparent in wheat allergy sufferers include headaches, bloated stomachs, diarrhea, tiredness and skin rashes.

Professional medical advice should always be sought when trying to determine a cause but if a doctor advises you that you may be allergic to Wheat products there will be certain changes in your diet that you'll need to make.


What do I need to avoid?
If you believe that wheat is contributing to your IBS symptoms, you'll need to try and avoid foods with wheat and wheat flour ingredients in them such as whole wheat Breads and Pasta.

You'll also need to be aware of wheat sneaking in amongst the ingredients in things like soups & sauces.

Wheat is a major ingredient for a wide variety of foods. Manufacturers use wheat in food as a bulking agent.

It is a cheaper alternative to better quality ingredients in a product and means they can mass produce large quantities of food at a lower cost.

Always check the labels of food products you buy and ask about ingredients in food purchased at restaurants or when eating out at other peoples homes.

Health food stores offer some great food products designed for people with a wheat allergy so it's worth checking them out to see what they have to offer.


What is the difference between a Wheat Free and Gluten Free diet?
A gluten free diet is the next level up from a wheat free diet.

With the wheat free diet you only have to remove wheat products from your diet to avoid getting unwell.

However, with the gluten free diet you need to not only cut out the wheat from your diet you also need to make sure that you don't eat things like barley, rye and Oats as well because these contain gluten.

So, If a doctor diagnoses you as gluten intollerant (as opposed to having Coeliac Diease ) you'll have a bit more work sorting out an appropriate diet compared to someone that is just allergic to wheat.


Summary
Eliminating Wheat from your diet isn't easy, but it is achievable.

If you spend just a little more time checking carefully what you buy from the shops and cut out the major offenders like bread and pasta, you should be able to limit your exposure to wheat and therefore lessen the chances of suffering IBS related symptoms as a result of eating wheat.

You can also find some excellent recipes online or in any Wheat Free diet book available from places like Amazon or your local high-street book stores.


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