Within fifteen minutes of being "glutenned," my environmental allergies are in full force - watery eyes, sneezing, wheezing, body aches, general malaise, etc. I did not know this before because I was 1, getting a steady dose of it, and 2, on high levels of multiple allergy medications.
My reaction to gluten is quite different. If I eat it for breakfast say, I'll get horrid indigestion the entire day from every meal after that and into the night with acid reflux, vomiting, pain in my stomach and nausea in the morning.. It's very insidious, gluten..If I didn't know to stop the gluten, because I was tested, I would think the indigestion was from something else... It's always the same. When I stop the gluten, the pain and all symptoms go away. I also get irritible on it too. I can say that thinking back, my nose is a little less stuffed..which will be much better once I get totally off dairy. I started getting the same symptoms from oats too.. I even bought $5 gluten free oats and got the same symptoms.. so no oats either..
So how long does it take for the desire to go away? Years? The holidays were very hard for me. The black bean brownies helped.. I loved wheat..anything wheat.
I bet most people who take Nexium and Prilosec are gluten intolerant and don't even know it.
I can see why wheat germ is an avoid for me. The Wheat Belly Cookbook discusses the lectin in wheat germ that is toxic to humans and predators. Very interesting.
The lectin of wheat, wheat germ agglutinin, is toxic. Found at highest concentration in wheat germ that many people regard as especially healthy, it has peculiar effects at many levels in wheat predators such as humans. Unlike gluten and gliadin, whose toxic potential is amplified in the genetically susceptible through HLA DQ genes, wheat germ agglutinin can do its damage directly, no genetic assistance required.
Oddly, wheat germ agglutinin resembles the protein hevein, the lectin from rubber plants responsible for latex allergy.
the same thing happened to me, once I removed gluten from the diet I became more sensitive. It's an interesting thing, perhaps we also become more tuned in to how we feel because we don't have background issues going on all the time? Lin
I have cut all of them Isa, just when there is hidden gluten I am more and more sensitive
You should find this interesting:
"Another caution: The longer you are wheat free, the more likely you will develop undesirable reactions when re-exposed, inadvertently or intentionally. I call these awful experiences wheat “re-exposure reactions.”
Davis MD, William (2012-12-24). Wheat Belly Cookbook
Maria G. Mayflowers, you remind me I need to get back to that book which I started a while ago....fascinating but disturbing when you think about all the people you know eating wheat still. Lin
It makes me cringe when I see a "healthy whole grain wheat" commercial! The only thing we can do is to set a good example. I'm trying to tell my sons and they are ignoring me. The addiction grows... I know its addictive because I had withdrawals when I stopped. Everything from cravings, irritiability to anxiety and depression for a few weeks. Now it's all gone but it's a daily struggle just like with any addictive substance. I walk by the bakery department in the grocery store and it smells heavenly... I must be strong! The more I stay away from it, the easier it gets. I also got the mental effects from wheat as well as acid reflux and indigestion. I had depression and increased anxiety.
Don't worry, more and more people will realize what wheat is and they will stop it..