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Bread Allergies

Did you know that 15% of people in the world are allergic to bread? In this section of Seattle Organic Restaurants I’m going to talk about bread allergies and its symptoms.

breadIf you are allergic to bread, you may have a gastrointestinal reaction to a protein found in grain and wheat called gluten. You may also be allergic to different ingredients in bread known as yeast or you may have celiac disease (food sensitivity that makes your immune system attack your small intestine).

Usually people with bread allergies suffer from gluten intolerance or celiac disease. The symptoms are usually gastrointestinal problems such as nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, gas bloating and abdominal pain. Gastrointestinal reaction can cause headaches, pain in joints, cramps in muscles and they can all lead to malnutrition, weight loss, fatigue or loss of memory and lack of concentration. Celiac disease and gluten intolerances can cause skin irritation or rashes, neural sensitivity problems such as numbness in feet, fingers or hands, and headaches or muscle pains.

All these symptoms can cause behavior change, depression, moodiness and irritability. When your body consumes a food that is allergic to, your immune system treats the allergen as a virus or bacteria and builds antibody against it. Food allergy symptoms are usually swelling of mouth, face or lips, gastrointestinal reactions such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, skin reactions such as swelling, eczema, hives or rashes and redness of skin, cardiovascular problems such as unconsciousness, drop in blood pressure and respiratory problems such as sneezing, coughing, runny nose or difficulty breathing.

Severe food allergies cause anaphylaxis and potentially fatal reactions. The symptoms of celiac disease and gluten intolerance are very similar to food allergy, therefore a proper blood and skin test with the right diagnoses can tell you to what kind of an allergy you may have. The only treatment for bread allergies is to stay away from gluten. According to researchers, people who have migraine attacks or headaches are actually sensitive to gluten. A gluten free diet can help to get rid of headaches and migraines. There are great restaurants in Seattle and east side area that provide nutritious organic gluten free foods if you have allergies to gluten.


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