One very interesting thing to consider if you have chronic sinus problems is a possible intolerance to foods that contain wheat, rye, and barely, also know as gluten intolerance. Wheat, rye, and barley all contain a substance called gluten which can cause a wide range of different symptoms in many people who cannot digest it properly. Because the body cannot digest gluten properly, it often leads to other essential nutrients to not being absorbed which can result in many other health problems.
Often times, the symptoms of gluten intolerance are instead diagnosed as separate conditions and many doctors do not make a link between having a sensitivity to gluten versus individual conditions such as chronic sinus problems, digestive problems, or rashes. One of the biggest downfalls in modern medicine is doctors do not typically look at the whole patient, but only the part of the body that is having symptoms or problems.
While not everyone is gluten intolerant or have what is known as Celiac disease, millions of people go undiagnosed for years, often not realizing they have had symptoms all along.
Gluten intolerance comes in a wide variety of forms, from people who simply cannot digest it and therefore have many common problems arising from it – others have what is known as Celiac disease, in which parts of the intestines are actually damaged from consuming foods that contain gluten.
A gluten free diet for sinus problems can often help many people, but it is not easy to follow. Unfortunately, for this reason many people do not ever bother to even try it, because it seems too hard to give up wheat and related foods. The instant reaction is what? No bread? No cookies? No cake? This is where many people go wrong because they may not be having severe problems – and so can’t justify trying a life without gluten.
Others may try a gluten free diet and not see any results. Unfortunately, this does not always mean you are not gluten insensitive either – you could have further allergies to foods such as milk – or you could potentially have consumed many foods that do contain hidden gluten or have been contaminated by gluten. It also takes anywhere from several weeks to several months of going purely gluten free to truly know for sure whether or not it may be what is causing you problems – and many people simply give up only to continue suffering with their chronic symptoms over and over again.
Determining whether you have gluten intolerance is not easy to do either, as many tests are either often false or very invasive and not done by doctors unless a serious need is present. Someone also needs to eat a lot of gluten for most tests to show any signs of gluten intolerance – so if you cut out bread already before getting tested the result could be a false negative test.
If you suspect that gluten is part of the problem for your health and diet, then you need to consider if you have any of these other symptoms in conjunction with chronic sinus problems:
Digestive problems, including but not limited to abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, nausea and constipation
Skin Rashes: Many skin problems are also common, ranging from mild to severe acne to more serious problems such as recurring red, itchy rashes, boils and cysts, psoriasis, or eczema.
Other Symptoms: Other things that may indicate a gluten intolerance include recurring yeast infections, headaches, mental “fog”, depression, vitamin deficiencies, failure to lose/gain weight even with proper nutrition and exercise and others.
Fortunately, if you have a gluten intolerance, you simply need to avoid gluten. While it can be tough to do initially, it is actually not nearly that difficult, especially as more and more people are becoming aware of gluten intolerance and just how many millions of people are effected by it. Fortunately, there are many gluten free recipes to help you get started.
Taking charge of your health and getting rid of sinus problems for good is a daunting task, but it is important to do. If you want to get control of your life back, and you have already tried most natural sinus remedies without seeing results or have a combination of the symptoms listed above of gluten intolerance, it may be time to consider making the lifestyle change to be gluten free. Finding a caring and diligent health professional can help you determine whether or not gluten free living is right for you – many people, even those who do not have Celiac disease, have seen dramatic improvement from eliminating gluten from their diet. (Myself included)