Surprisingly millions of people are allergic to wheat type breads, bagels, pastas and pastries every day. In addition, many unknowingly have complications with those products that contain gluten. Gluten attacks the small hair-like projections on the intestinal wall (called villi) by slowly wearing down the villi. Normally these villi absorb the nutrients and vitamins as food passes through the intestines.
Now the food nutrients pass in the gut less absorb and unbroken down. Part of the bowel is anticipating the food to be in a certain state so it continues to process the foods further down the line. By this time it only can absorb what water is left. By this time you feel a pain in the lower belly and experiencing constipation.
This traffic jam then affects the emptying of the stomach then some get acid reflux and heartburn. So you grab an antacid like Pepcid AC or other products to help you feel better. It's important to realize that everything is connected and the type of diet makes make a difference.
In addition, from the villi being worn down and constipation increases, tiny holes are created in the lining, which lets food particles leak into your bloodstream rather than being broken down and absorbed normally. Then your body's own natural defense system then starts to fight these "foreign invaders" and attacking the body. From this, you may see other symptoms such as skin rashes, eczema, bloating, mouth sores, and headaches to a name a few.
While some people will have this life long complication known as Celiac Disease (Leaky Gut), others can rebuild the intestinal lining with a gluten free diet to start the healing process. It may take 6 months of strict adherence to a gluten free diet. Just like anything else, it takes practice, practice and practice to get use to removing gluten.
Our Family now feels better with these changes. We have all noticed that our bowel movements are regular. I would have never thought eating breads would cause such complications.
The teachers have also noticed a difference, since he is able to eat his lunch and instead of thinking of being hungry, he can concentrate on this school work with his belly full of good food, which we are very happy with.