Non-coeliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), also known as gluten intolerance is a condition that is characterised by the body’s inability to digest or break down gluten. Some people with gluten intolerance have a mild sensitivity to gluten, while others have coeliac disease which is an autoimmune disorder.
What is Non-coeliac gluten sensitivity?
What are the signs of a Non-coeliac gluten sensitivity?
Common symptoms include:
Abdominal pain/ Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms
Eczema and/or rash
Headache & “Foggy brain”
Fatigue & lethargy
Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Recurring ulcers in mouth
What are the causes of a Non-coeliac gluten sensitivity?
Currently, there is no explanation for why non-coeliac gluten sensitivity occurs and how it might be related to coeliac disease. It is possible that gluten sensitivity and coeliac disease represent different aspects of the same condition, but they may be completely different. A cause for gluten sensitivity symptoms to occur may be due to specific food proteins that cross the intestinal barrier into the blood stream, causing widespread inflammation.
How do I know if I have Non-coeliac gluten sensitivity?
Unlike coeliac disease, there isn't a direct way to diagnose NCGS. The simplest way is to remove gluten from the diet and see if symptoms improve