Gluten-free products and recipes are hot topics right now. Not just part of a fad diet that promotes eliminating carbs (specifically gluten and sugar), gluten-free eating may also contribute to your gut health. Does it really make a difference? Julia Ward, MD – an expert in digestive health in Sugar Land – weighs in on the subject.
Have you heard of celiac disease? It’s an autoimmune disorder caused by sensitivity to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. For those with celiac, gluten causes the body to attack the small intestines, damaging the villi, which are fingerlike projections that line the small intestinal wall, which aid in digestion and absorb nutrients.
Common symptoms of celiac disease include abdominal bloating and pain, chronic diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, fatigue, irritability, fatigue and depression.
Gluten sensitivity also applies to individuals who, although they experience similar symptoms, do not have celiac.
It’s Not All in Your Head!
Gluten-sensitivity is real!
There are over 200 symptoms associated with gluten intolerance, which is why diagnosis is often so difficult. Usually when we experience symptoms like fatigue, achy joints, depression or even a skin rash, we may seek out vitamins, a massage, or a special skin cream. However, no amount of skin pampering – not even massage – will help.
With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Ward specializes in a holistic, natural approach to medicine. With services such as micronutrient testing and detoxification of environmental toxins, Dr. Ward and the Balanced Body Image team believes in healthy aging with grace, health and personalized care. Dr. Ward will lead you on a journey toward better health – from the inside out!
Not sure where to start? Learn more about digestive health, holistic medicine, and graceful aging. Call our Sugar Land medical spa at (281) 710-3380 today!