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DIY Testing for Gluten Sensitivity
People concerned about gluten proteins causing problems can perform some basic DIY testing
for gluten sensitivity which will help you get closer to the specific cause of health problems and
allow them to move toward permanent relief.
So is there a way to perform a do- it-yourself test for gluten sensitivity? While the preferred
option is to have testing performed by a doctor or a specialist in allergies and immunology, you
may not want to spend the time or money getting that done until you’ve ruled out other possible
One thing you can do is keep a food diary that includes symptoms. You can track exactly what
you’re eating and write down any experiences you have with bloating, gas, constipation, or
diarrhea. You should also note symptoms such as fatigue and headaches.
Over time, you’ll begin to see patterns developing if you have sensitivity to gluten. For example,
you may notice that every time you eat bread you have bloating. You may also want to try a
gluten- free bread alternative to see how your body reacts. Keeping a daily food journal will
prove very useful should you end up going to an allergist or specialist.
The pulse test can actually help you determine if you have an allergy to gluten or to any food.
You’ll want to log your resting pulse rate at several times throughout the day and record it. Then
you’ll want to record your pulse after eating different, specific foods.
The idea is that when you eat foods for which you have an allergy, your pulse will actually speed
up as your immune response kicks in. You’ll want to do this over a long period of time. It’s also
important to remember that movement, stress, and other fac tors can cause similar changes.