Is that a familiar feeling? Your stomach and intestines hurt, your belly feels bloated. You have diarrhoea and lose weight. Maybe you’ve already asked yourself – is the gluten protein to blame?
Sometimes grain causes trouble
The gastro-intestinal coeliac disease is triggered by gluten intolerance – a protein which occurs in grains like wheat, barley and oats. It is also hidden in a lot of foods as a binding and thickening agent. Coeliac disease is common and has increased in recent years. Under normal circumstances, ingested food is digested in the small intestine, that is, it is broken down to its nutrient constituents. These are then transported predominantly by the blood to the various organs.
What affected people can do
Gluten intolerance is considered to be the most common form of indigestion caused by an immunological reaction. It is a lifetime problem and the cause cannot be healed. However, the symptoms can be avoided through a gluten-free diet. When somebody suffers from typical symptoms like stomach pain or a bloated belly, a simple self-test can help to find out if gluten intolerance is the cause. The self-test is also recommended to check whether a gluten-free diet is successful. After the start of a gluten-free diet, the symptoms improvein most patients within only a few weeks.