Urinary Peptides Test
Gluten and casein can both cause allergic reactions for many people. This often manifests as digestive pain, bowel changes, gas, and bloating. In extreme circumstances skin rashes can appear or other systemic problems, i.e. headaches, sleeping problems. However, the chemical reactions to gluten and casein often go beyond the immune system.
Gluten is the protein found in wheat, and casein the main protein found in dairy products such as milk, cheese, and ice cream. These proteins are comprised of small amino acid chains called peptides. These peptides have similarities structurally to an opiate chemical morphine. Therefore, in some people who consume gluten and dairy there body reacts negatively to the morphine-like chemical which can lead to neurological imbalances effecting mood, cognitive abilities, and overall brain function. Because these foods have an opiate effect they are referred to as “drug-like” substances and are reactive in the body beyond just the immune system. Some people with extreme sensitivity to gluten and casein have a chemical addiction to these peptides.
Various mental health disorders have been linked to these peptides such as autism, schizophrenia, and mood disorders. Others may feel groggy, have brain fog, or have poor memory. Not everyone has the same reaction or to the same degree.
The Urinary Peptide Test is a urine test from Great Plains Laboratory that evaluates a gluten morphine-like chemical called gliadomorphine, and a casein morphine-like chemical called caseomorphine. If either one of these peptides is elevated on the Urinary Peptide Test it indicates a chemical intolerance to that food protein, and either gluten foods, casein foods or both should be avoided.
The Urinary Peptide Test is also a good way to check the accuracy of a gluten and casein-free (GFCF) diet to make sure it is 100% pure. Often times people will be avoiding gluten and casein, then do the Urinary Peptide Tests from Great Plains Laboratory and find that one of the peptide markers is high indicating that something they are eating (even unknowingly) contains one of these peptides.