Gluten, the protein that is found in wheat, rye, and barley is connected with more than 55 diseases. 99% of the people who have gluten intolerance or celiac disease are never diagnosed.
You can experience signs which can show you if you are gluten intolerant or not. Here are ten signs.
- Digestive and stomach issues such as bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation after you eat gluten are signs that you are gluten intolerant.
- Many people know that Keratosis Pilaris is more known as “chicken skin” on the back of your arms.
Keratosis Pilaris is a result of a deficiency between the fatty acid and vitamin A secondary to fat-malabsorption. It is caused by gluten that can damage the gut. An inflammation can occur under the top layers of the skin and it can cause eruptions of rashes, burning, itchiness, redness, and painful blisters.
- After you eat a meal which contains gluten, you might feel extreme fatigue, brain fog, or you can feel tired. Even if you wake up feeling exhausted after hours of sleep that is not good.
You should know that if you feel tired, gluten can contribute to this in different ways. Your body can be in a state of inflammation and it can try to process gluten proteins, and this is at the expense of the energy resources in your body.
- Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Psoriasis, Lupus, Multiple sclerosis or Scleroderma are symptoms of gluten intolerance.
- Neurologic symptoms such as dizziness or feeling of being off balance are symptoms of gluten intolerance.
- Hormone imbalances such as PMS, PCOS or unexplained infertility are also symptoms of gluten intolerance. You should know that hormone imbalance can manifest itself as irregular menstrual cycles, weight gain or loss, low energy levels, erratic sleep patterns, hot flashes, and more.
Dr. Daniel Kalish said that “a strong relationship has been established in medical literature between gluten sensitivity and the hormones progesterone and estrogen” when gluten sensitivity and female hormones were discussed.
- Migraine headaches.
Not all migraines are related to gluten, but it is linked as a significant cause for some. A study measured migraine headaches in gluten sensitive individuals and the results are these: those with non-celiac gluten sensitivity reported 56% of chronic headaches, those with Celiac disease reported 30% of chronic headaches, and those with inflammatory bowel disease reported 23% of chronic headaches. Headaches were reported in only 14% of those in a control group.
- ADHD – Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This affects children and adults alike. Several studies linked ADHD and gluten together cited by Dr. Ron Hoggan who is the co-author of the bestselling book, “Cereal Killers”.
- Inflammation, pain or swelling in your joints such as fingers, knees or hips are symptoms of gluten sensitivity.
- Mood issues – anxiety, depression, and mood swings and ADD. Depression can be a serious health concern for many people. Symptoms of depression can include feelings of hopelessness, low energy, and lack of interest, sleep changes, appetite changes, anger, and more. It is confirmed by a research that once gluten is removed from the diet, depression, and anxiety can be resolved.
How to test for gluten intolerance?
If you want to test for gluten intolerance, then you should try the elimination diet which doesn’t include gluten for at least three to four weeks. Your symptoms will slowly lessen or disappear totally.
You can also reintroduce gluten again after your elimination period to see if the symptoms will come back. If after this diet you think you are gluten intolerant it is wise to eliminate gluten 100% from your diet.