Non-Celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) or gluten intolerance is a gastro-intestinal disorder that is often mistaken for Celiac disease or a wheat allergy. It shares similar symptoms to Celiac disease such as brain fog, headache, fatigue, gas, bloating and abdominal pain, but is a less severe condition.
As there is no test to diagnose NCGS itself, it is diagnosed in people who experience symptoms after consuming gluten but test negative for wheat allergy and Celiac disease. There is also increasing evidence to suggest that a link may exist between some auto-immune disorders and NCGS. At present, very little is known of the causes of auto-immune diseases.
If an individual has NCGS, the extent they need to eliminate gluten from their diet will depend on their symptoms and their levels of tolerance. With the rise in awareness of gluten’s potential impact on health, a low gluten diet is now easy to implement and manage. Of serious consideration is the emerging evidence of the association between NCGS and auto-immune disease. I help people better manage the gastro-intestinal discomfort of NCGS but also build low-gluten, microbiome-enhancing diets that may address auto-immune disease at its potential core.