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Testing Gluten Intolerance - The Ultimate Guide

Glutenintolerantie testen - De ultieme gids

Do you often feel bloated, tired, or do you have other unexplained complaints after eating? You may be gluten intolerant or gluten sensitive. Follow this step-by-step plan to discover whether this could be the cause of your complaints.

Step 1: Identify Symptoms

The first thing you should do is identify your symptoms. Gluten intolerance, or celiac disease, and gluten sensitivity can both result in a range of symptoms, including abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, headaches, joint pain, and skin problems. Keep a symptom diary to see if there is a pattern in when you experience symptoms.

Step 2: Diet Evaluation

Evaluate your diet and see if you eat a lot of foods that contain gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, and is found in many everyday foods, such as bread, pasta, cereal, and cookies.

Step 3: Elimination diet

Consider an elimination diet. This is a diet in which you completely eliminate gluten from your diet for a certain period of time, usually several weeks. If your symptoms decrease or disappear during this diet, this may be a sign that you are sensitive to gluten. Make sure you get enough nutrients by eating gluten-free alternatives.

Step 4: Anti-Gluten Pills

Try Anti-Gluten Pills from Little Helpers. These supplements contain Tolerase® G, a groundbreaking enzyme that helps break down gluten and are a very suitable addition to a gluten-free diet as an extra layer of protection against the gluten that still slips by unnoticed. This will maximally reduce the complaints you experience. In the Netherlands, these pills are directly available online via the webshop: littlehelpers.nl .

Step 5: Self-test

In the Netherlands, self-tests are available in various web shops and drugstores, such as Kruidvat.

Self-tests for gluten intolerance or celiac disease usually work by detecting specific antibodies in the blood that indicate an immune reaction against gluten. As with everything, there are advantages and disadvantages, which we have listed for you below:

Benefits of a gluten intolerance self-test

  1. Accessibility: Self-tests are often easy to find in pharmacies or online and can be performed at home, which can be much more convenient than a visit to the doctor.

  2. Privacy: A self-test allows you to test in the privacy of your own home, which can be appealing if you feel uncomfortable discussing your symptoms with a doctor.

  3. Time savings: It may be faster to get a test at home than to make an appointment at the doctor, especially if you live in an area with long wait times for appointments.

Disadvantages of a gluten intolerance self-test

  1. Inaccuracy: Although many self-tests can be accurate, they are usually less reliable than tests performed in a laboratory. This means they can give false positives or false negatives.

  2. Interpretation of Results: Without medical training, it may be difficult to understand the results of the test. It is also possible that you experience symptoms of celiac disease, but the test gives a negative result.

  3. Not a complete diagnosis: Even if a self-test is positive, it is necessary to see a doctor for further tests to confirm the diagnosis. Celiac disease can be complex and there may be other health problems that cause similar symptoms.

  4. False reassurance: A negative test can provide false reassurance, especially if you continue to experience symptoms. It is important to seek medical advice if you have any concerns about your health.

Step 6: Medical Advice

If you continue to experience symptoms even after eliminating gluten from your diet and trying Anti-Gluten Pills, it is important to seek medical advice.

Using a series of specialized medical tests, your doctor can diagnose you with gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity. In this chapter we explore the different medical tests for gluten intolerance that are available, including blood tests, intestinal biopsy and genetic testing.

Blood tests

The blood test is usually the first step in investigating gluten intolerance. The doctor can measure specific antibodies in your blood that are usually higher in people with celiac disease. These antibodies are your immune system's response to the presence of gluten in the body. Some of these antibodies are tissue transglutaminase antibodies (tTGA) and endomysium antibodies (EMA). If these antibodies are elevated, this may indicate gluten intolerance.

Intestinal biopsy

If the blood test is positive, your GP may refer you for an intestinal biopsy, the gold standard for diagnosing celiac disease. This procedure involves taking a small sample of the small intestine to examine for damage. Celiac disease causes inflammation and damage to the villi – the small, finger-like projections that line the wall of the small intestine. This leads to problems with nutrient absorption.

Genetic test

Even with blood tests and intestinal biopsy, the diagnosis of celiac disease can still sometimes be uncertain. In such cases, a genetic test can help to gain more insight. Most people with celiac disease have one of two genetic markers, HLA-DQ2 or HLA-DQ8. Although having these genes does not necessarily mean you have celiac disease, not having these genes makes it very unlikely.

Celiac disease ruled out?

If the medical tests in step 6 rule out celiac disease, but you found out in steps 2 & 3 that you experience complaints after consuming gluten, then you probably have gluten sensitivity, also called non-celiac gluten sensitivity. This form of gluten sensitivity causes the same symptoms as celiac disease, but without the damage to the small intestine that is characteristic of celiac disease.

Step 7 - Gluten Free Living

When diagnosed with gluten intolerance (celiac disease) and gluten sensitivity, it is important to follow a gluten-free diet, possibly in combination with Anti-Gluten Pills, to reduce symptoms and, in the event of gluten intolerance, to prevent further damage to your intestines. Would you like to know more about the gluten-free diet? Then take a look at our blog ' All about gluten and the gluten-free diet '. Would you like to know more about how Anti-Gluten Pills with Tolerase ® G protect your body against the harmful effects of gluten? Then click here . Good luck!

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What is Tolerase® G?

What is Tolerase® G?

A New Approach for People with Gluten Sensitivity: Explore the Science and Benefits of Tolerase® G.

Relief from Gluten Sensitivity

In the fight against gluten, there is a unique supplement that stands out: the anti-gluten pills from Little Helpers with 100% Tolerase® G.

This specific enzyme, Tolerase® G, a patented endopeptidase specific for proline, was developed by Royal DSM and has been scientifically proven to be effective in breaking down gluten residues ( 1 ) ​. Additionally, research has shown that Aspergillus niger prolyl endoprotease (AN-PEP), an enzyme closely related to Tolerase® G, can break down gluten so effectively that it barely reaches the duodenum, potentially eliminating gluten's toxicity ( 2 ) ( ​​3 ) ​.

On this page we explain why we are so enthusiastic about this supplement, supported by scientific research.

What are Gluten?

Gluten is a group of proteins found primarily in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. These complex proteins give shape, strength and texture to bread and other grain products. However, gluten is difficult to digest because it is rich in proline, a non-essential amino acid. This is why approximately 13% of the world's population is sensitive to gluten in the diet (1)​.

The Effect of Tolerase® G

It is important to note that Tolerase G is designed to have optimal activity in the difficult conditions of the stomach. Its effectiveness on the digestion of gluten in the stomach and duodenum has been scientifically proven ( 1 ).

Studies have shown that a newly identified prolyl endoprotease, derived from Aspergillus niger, can effectively break down gluten proteins. This enzyme works optimally at a pH of 4-5, remains stable at a pH of 2 and is completely resistant to digestion with pepsin ( 2 ). Additionally, research has shown that Aspergillus niger prolyl endoprotease (AN-PEP) accelerates the breakdown of gluten in the stomach so much that hardly any gluten reaches the duodenum ( 3 ). This implies that co-administration of AN-PEP with a meal containing gluten could potentially eliminate gluten toxicity. This gives people the opportunity to (occasionally) give up their strict gluten-free diet ( 3 ).

Unique Enzyme Solution

Discover how our pills with 100% Tolerase® G help with the digestion of gluten and support your lifestyle in a clear video.

Little Helpers & Tolerase® G: Stronger Together in the Fight Against Gluten.

At Little Helpers we are proud of our unique collaboration with the manufacturer of Tolerase® G DSM . Together we have spent 2.5 years researching and working tirelessly on the development and perfection of our gluten digestion pill, which contains 100% Tolerase® G.

Our shared commitment to quality and effectiveness has resulted in a product that is unrivaled on the market. We have chosen to produce locally in Europe to ensure the highest quality standards and control.

Our pill has proven to be many times more effective than those of our competitors, and we offer it at the best price. We are convinced that our pill can make a difference for people who struggle with gluten sensitivity. That's why we encourage everyone to try it and experience the benefits for themselves!

Superior gluten degradation

Tolerase® G is many times more effective than any other supplement available and is the only enzyme scientifically proven to be effective enough to break down gluten to the point that the body no longer responds to it.