Is Gluten Harmful? Nutritionist Ishi Khosla Shares Her Views

By Kishori Sud24 Aug 2018, 09:30 IST

Gluten is the name for the proteins that give wheat its unique baking qualities. It determines the ability of wheat dough to absorb water, stick together, and remain viscous and elastic.

Gluten intolerance is a wheat-related disorder. How do you know you are a victim to it? You suffer from constant belly pain and bloating after eating food that contain gluten, like, wheat, barley, and rye.

Nutritionist, Ishi Khosla believes that today, we look at diseases in a different way. We look at disease from the root cause.  Hormonal upheavals in a woman's life change her gut function and her digestive capacity which make her much more prone to diseases. 

The good news is, all these diseases are treatable. The less common symptoms of gluten intolerance include anxiety, headache, confusion, numbness and joint or muscle pain.

It is important to get medical advice for these symptoms to rule out other causes. Gut symptoms can be vague and many conditions affecting the gut have overlapping symptoms. Gluten intolerance can have numerous symptoms.

However, keep in mind that most of these may have other explanations as well. Nevertheless, if you regularly experience them without a cause, then you may be reacting negatively to the gluten in your diet. In this case, you should consult with a doctor or try temporarily removing gluten from your diet to see if it helps. But it is advisable that you do not become your own doctor.