That IS the question. Research suggests that about one in 133, or about 2.1 million people, have celiac disease (an autoimmune disease that attacks the small intestine). But many of us have found removing gluten from our diet greatly improves our health. Does that mean we have Celiac disease?
Nope. Another category of gluten sensitivity, called non-celiac gluten intolerance (NCGI), has risen to the surface of medicine to provide a diagnosis for most of the gluten sensitive population. The research suggests one in seven people are actually intolerant to gluten, far more than the occurrence of Celiac. And, in our personal practice, we have found more often than not the removal of gluten from the diet dramatically improves health in nearly ALL of our patients.
There are blood test that can begin to give you and idea if you have an intolerance to gluten and yet unfortunately these tests are not fool proof. The absolute best way to tell if you have a problem with gluten is to remove it from your diet for 1-3 months and see how you feel. Almost as important than how you feel without gluten, is how you feel after you add it back in for a day or two. It is common for patients to experince the return of fatigue, brain fog, mood swings, and blood sugar problems when they add gluten back into their diet.
I challenge each and every one of you to get in control of your health and take the 90 Days Without Guten Challenge! For support in this process call or email us to learn about our lifestyle coaching programs that can change your LIFE!