Wheat Intolerance and Wheat Allergy

Definition, Symptoms, Prevalence, Causes and Treatment

A sensitivity to Wheat can be any of Wheat Allergy, Wheat Intolerance or Gluten intolerance. Symptoms include frequent headaches, bloating, diarrhea, inflammatory conditions like arthritis - or just a feeling of general ill health.

However - because these symptoms are also common to other intolerances like yeast, dairy and fructose it's difficult to know which one you have. That's why you need the Journal Method.


Definition and differences: Wheat Intolerance and Wheat Allergy

Definition of Wheat Allergy

Wheat Allergy is a very rare severe sudden-onset allergic reaction to a certain protein component of wheat. Symptoms include coughing, asthma and skin hives. However - true food allergies are discovered very early in life in babies upon first exposure to the food.

Most people who speak of wheat allergy are really referring to the inability to digest Gluten, Gluten intolerance. Gluten is a very complex protein found in wheat and some other grains. It is a much more common slow-onset reaction - and affects one in seven people or 15%.

Definition of Wheat Intolerance

Wheat Intolerance (Gluten intolerance) involves the immune system because gluten’s breakdown proteins are seen as ‘foreign’ by your immune system. This sets up inflammation and disrupts processes. That’s why people get chronic (long term) symptoms like aching joints, gastro-intestinal problems, depression, eczema, low blood iron levels and others. Sometimes the first indication of wheat intolerance is diagnosis of anaemia.

Could your symptoms be signs of Wheat Intolerance?

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How common is Wheat Intolerance and Wheat Allergy?

Prevalence of Wheat Allergy and Wheat Intolerance

Wheat Allergy is rare (less than ½% of people)

Wheat Intolerance is due to Gluten - up to 15% of people, or one in seven. Some of them meet the requirements of Celiac testing and so are said to have Celiac Disease. But most Gluten sensitive people are Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitive (NCGS) - so do not show positive Celiac biopsy results.

This is an important point - because these people are never told about the simple solution to their illnesses and symptoms - by adjusting their diet. That's why the vast majority of Gluten-sensitive people are undiagnosed.  They don't get well - their symptoms remaining a mystery to their doctors.

But it's simple to fix! If you are one of the 75% of people who are affected by food intolerance, it makes sense to investigate - doesn't it? The most accurate and simplest way is the Journal Method.

What are the symptoms of Wheat Intolerance and Wheat Allergy?

The Symptoms for Wheat Allergy

Sudden onset symptoms - coughing, asthma, nausea, vomiting, hives, rashes etc.

The symptoms for Wheat Intolerance

These are frequently delayed reactions - even many days later:

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What Causes Wheat Intolerance and Wheat Allergy?

Causes of Wheat Allergy and Wheat Intolerance

Wheat Intolerance is not something you ‘catch’. It is in your genes - genetic. Just like blue eyes or freckles - you got it from your parents and grandparents. And if you have children – you will already have passed on those genes to them. Therefore it's a good idea to alert them to the possibility.

Your ethnic ancestry has a lot to do with it. Some cultures have had more 'evolutionary exposure' to grass grains like wheat and barley - and have evolved the biological equipment to more fully digest them.

The growing of grain crops (wheat farming) has only been practiced for around 10,000 years. Compared to the time humans have been eating other foods in the hunter-gatherer lifestyle (meat, fish, vegetables and fruits) - 2.5 million years - that's a very short period.

Our bodies just haven't evolved that fast. In fact our capacity to grow high yield grain crops like Wheat and barley has far outstripped our digestive system's rate of development. That is, as a species, not all humans yet have the necessary genetic makeup to break down the complex part of the grain: the Gluten.

Gluten is a highly complex protein. It is one of the largest and most complicated molecules we eat. It is responsible for Leaky Gut Syndrome – because it damages the small intestine and this is where all the trouble begins.

How do you Test for Wheat Allergy or Wheat Sensitivity?

Temporary treatment: Some people choose to treat the symptoms of Wheat sensitivity (or other food sensitivity) with medications like anti-histamines or supplements. But this gives only a few hours relief - and it means you have to keep buying and taking medications your whole life - and keep getting their side effects.

Permanent treatment: Choose the natural no-drug solution. We believe it's much better to go to the source of the problem - and simply remove it. That is - identify your food intolerance and then substitute that food for another delicious food.

Testing with a Journal

Wheat and Gluten Intolerance

A journal puts system into your exploration. It's easy. All you do is track your symptoms as you switch a few foods - using the Healing Program >




What is the Treatment for Wheat Intolerance and Wheat Allergy?

Treatment for Wheat Allergy

Wheat Allergy (sudden onset reactions) is identified in babies - when they are first introduced to solid foods like wheat cereal. Some people think the solution is a Wheat-free diet. However in our experience (ten years helping thousands of people worldwide) - a wheat-free diet is hardly ever the answer. There are usually many other factors causing symptoms.

Treatment for Wheat Intolerance

Wheat Intolerance (slower onset responses like headache, or skin rashes, or gastro-intestinal difficulty like constipation) is also apparent when babies are first introduced to gluten grains. But because the reactions are delayed they are more difficult to connect to the food which caused it.  So the diagnosis of Gluten intolerance is usually missed - or misdiagnosed as other conditions.

Wheat intolerance and Gluten intolerance, (the latter is much more likely) are both effectively treated with a Gluten-free diet. No medications, tests or procedures are needed to get well! The main thing is to identify it - and adjust the diet -using a purpose-designed journal and food guides. Once identified - healing begins almost immediately.

The Power of a Journal to find Your Food Intolerance

A journal puts system into your exploration. It's easy. All you do is track your symptoms as you switch a few foods. We recommend the purpose-designed Detection Diet Journal in  the Healing Program.

You'll also need food substitution guides so you can enjoy a wide variety of great foods. The full series of six Complete Guides (to Gluten-free, Fructose-Free etc. ) is included in the Healing Program >




When will I be cured of Wheat Intolerance or Wheat Allergy?

You will be cured when you stop eating the food which causes your symptoms.

Here at foodintol® we don't regard any Food Sensitivity as a disease. It is people eating foods they cannot fully digest and that makes them sick. When you understand this, you realise you don't need medications for a 'cure'. You just need to find out your Food Intolerance using a simple Journal.

We recommend the Detection Diet Journal in the Healing Program >

Any type of Food sensitivity is genetic. It's in your genes - and you cannot change those. Just like blue eyes or freckles - you got them from your parents, grandparents and other ancestors. And if you have children – you have already passed on those genes to them. Therefore it's a good idea to alert them to the possibility they may have Food Intolerance.


I think I might have food intolerance: What should I do?

Beginning with our free e-book, we can help you establish if you are suffering from gluten or wheat intolerance or if your symptoms indicate an intolerance to dairy, fructose or yeast. You may even be suffering from more than one food intolerance.

The research indicates doing nothing can be a risk. Undiagnosed food intolerance can cause serious long-term health problems like osteoporosis, anaemia and many others. Sign up for the Free E-book 'How to Tell If You Have Food Intolerance'



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