You are here:

Food Allergies/Wheat intolerance

Advertisement


Question
Hi there, thanks for reading my question.

From what it seems like, wheat/gluten intolerance seems to be pretty front and centre these days. About two years ago, completely out of the blue, I read that doing an elimination diet could help solve my symptoms. At the time, I would have horrible sinus pain and pressure, plugged and painful ears, dizziness and nausea and even an episode of fainting. After I have up eating wheat, my symptoms went away.

I'm trying to pinpoint my symptoms after consuming wheat. There are times when my symptoms are mild. Other times it is more prominent. I have consumed wheat the last two days, and today I have started feeling my ears become sore and full, my sinuses are starting to hurt and I was dizzy earlier this afternoon.

The other weird thing that happens is my emotions get all out of whack. This is going to sound super strange, but I will say it anyways. I got incredibly emotional over a project I'm working on at my job. I suddenly felt bad for not wanting to do it. This is nothing new, as I will get upset or extra emotional over other things too. I can also get pretty miserable as well. I have to remind myself to keep my emotions in check.

I haven't been officially tested for the intolerance, but I just wanted to see what your thoughts are. I would appreciate any advice you can give. I know that if I do one thing and get a certain result over and over, I should know what to expect. I am just not sure if these symptoms are typical with a wheat intolerance.

Thanks,

L

Answer
Hi L,

Yes, it does sound as if you do have symptoms consistent with wheat intolerance.  When we eat foods we have intolerances to it increases total body inflammation and thus the reason you are feeling congestion which is backing up to your ears.  Wheat intolerance can also cause symptoms such as joint and abdominal pain.  I have not heard of the emotional component but if you are not feeling well I guess emotions can become less stable. I would suggest you have your doctor do an ELISA test on you to determine IgG food intolerances.  Then it will be less of a guessing game for you.  You also may want to look into something called NAET which uses applied kinesiology to detect food intolerances and then the NAET practitioner will apply gentle acupressure to your back while you hold onto the problematic food. This seems to attenuate food allergies.  

Good luck.

Judith Lukaszuk, PhD, RD, LDN  

Food Allergies

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Judith Lukaszuk

Expertise

I can answer questions related to nutrition, food allergies and food sensitivities, how to identify and avoid genetically modified ingredients, leaky gut, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, gluten intolerance or celiac disease, autism spectrum disorder, ADD, ADHD, vitamin and mineral supplements, sports nutrition, diet, exercise and I specialize in a technique called "NAET" which involves muscle testing people for food allergies and then applying acupressure to the spine to attenuate food or environmental allergies.

Experience

I have been teaching nutrition in a University setting for the past 20 years. I have been practicing NAET since Summer, 2012.

Publications
Lukaszuk JM, Prawitz AD, Shokrani M, Umoren J, Norman E. Methylmalonic acid levels in non-elderly adult chronic PPI users. Journal of Human Nutrition and Food Sciences. In Press. Stark M, Lukaszuk J, Prawitz A, Salacinski A. Protein timing and its effects on muscular hypertrophy and strength in individuals engaged in weight-training. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2012;9:54. Lukaszuk J, Prawitz A, Johnson K, Umoren J, Bugno TJ. Development of a Noninvasive Vitamin D Screening Tool. Family &Consumer Sciences Research Journal. 2012;40:229-240. Lukaszuk JM, Schultz TM, Prawitz AD, Hofmann E. Effect of R-Alpha Lipoic Acid on HgbA1c, Lipids and Blood Pressure in Type-2 Diabetics: A Preliminary Study. Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine. 2009;6:1-14. Lukaszuk JM, Luebbers P, Gordon BA. Preliminary Study: Soy Milk as Effective as Skim Milk in Promoting Weight Loss. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2007;107:1811-1814. Lukaszuk JM, Robertson RJ, Arch JE, Moyna NM. Effect Of A Defined Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian Diet and Oral Creatine Monohydrate Supplementation On Plasma Creatine concentration. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2005;19:735-740. Lukaszuk JM, Robertson RJ, Arch JE, Moore GE, Yaw KM, Kelley DE, Rubin JT, Moyna NM. Effect of Creatine Supplementation and a Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian Diet on Muscle Creatine Concentration. International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. 2002;12:336-348.

Education/Credentials
Ph.D. Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh M.S. Master of Science in Nutrition from the University of Pittsburgh B.S. Coordinate Program in Dietetics with a Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hill College in Greensburg, PA R.D. Registered Dietitian through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Commission on Dietetic Registration LDN. License Dietitian and Nutritionist in the State of IL F.I.A.M.A. Fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture Certified NAET practitioner

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.