Gluten-rich Foods Can Increase Functional Dyspepsia Symptoms

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It’s common knowledge that a healthy gut is a strong indicator of your overall wellbeing. This is a defining tenet in Traditional Chinese Medicine and one that we encourage through a healthy diet rich in natural probiotics, amino acids (from bone broths) and a restricted quantity of gluten. This diet may mirror yours if you’re one of many Americans who suffers from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Those who deal with another related condition called functional dyspepsia also try to completely abstain from consuming gluten.

Functional dyspepsia is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder that affects 1 in 4 adults worldwide. Currently there is no known reason for what causes it and why people experience its symptoms. The Mayo Clinic says it presents with “signs and symptoms that resemble those of an ulcer, such as pain or discomfort in your upper abdomen, often accompanied by bloating, belching and nausea.”

With that being said, what can be done to alleviate FD? A new study published in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Heptalogy suggests that gluten plays a key role in the onset of symptoms.

Researchers from the Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, enlisted 101 participants who were recently diagnosed with FD and 31 participants without FD as the control group. Both sets were asked to complete questionnaires based on how they felt after eating wheat buns. The results show that the first group experienced FD symptoms faster and with more frequency than the control group.

“Among patients with FD, gluten-rich food may lead to symptom onset, specifically early satiety,” state the authors.

Previous studies have shown that acupuncture is helpful in treating the condition. “Significantly improved” symptoms “FD-related and health-related quality of life” were reported by participants in Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine study last year.

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