In the United States, 15% of the population is gluten intolerant and there are more than 55 diseases that are associated with gluten. Given those numbers, if you suspect that you are sensitive to gluten, it is probably a good idea to go and get yourself checked out.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. If you experience at least 4 of the following symptoms after eating food containing gluten, you may want to consider talking to someone about alterations you can make to your diet.
has put together a list for you! Here are 10 symptoms of gluten intolerance:
1. Digestion Problems:
The most common symptoms are gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea after eating foods with gluten. Many people diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome feel better when switching to a gluten free diet.
Anxiety, depression and mood swings can all be signs of a gluten intolerance. Some of these can be alleviated by switching to a gluten free diet.
3. Skin Rashes:
Skin ailments like keratosis pilaris and dermatitis herpetiformis are directly linked to consuming gluten. If you have skin problems that resemble eczema, it may be gluten.
If you get a migraine developing an hour or two after eating gluten, you may be sensitive.
Chronic fatigue, coupled with digestion problems -- especially diarrhea, indicates a gluten sensitivity.
6. Joint Pain:
Gluten causes inflammation in the body which causes joint pain that often gets misdiagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis. Eliminate gluten and joint pain will likely decrease.
7. Lactose Intolerance:
If you have a hard time digesting lactose, odds are you will also find you have a difficult time with gluten. If you already know you are lactose intolerant, it is probably best to take a pass on gluten as well.
8. Problems Absorbing Vitamins:
This is another common symptom of gluten intolerance. If your stomach lining isn't properly absorbing vitamins and minerals, it could mean a gluten sensitivity. Check your iron levels. Low iron is a sign of a sensitivity.
9. Hormone Imbalance:
Infertility, PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), and irregular menstrual cycles are linked to gluten intolerance. The inflammation caused by gluten puts extra pressure on the adrenal glands, leading to a hormone imbalance.
10. Neurological Symptoms:
These symptoms may include dizziness, poor balance, feeling off balance, vertigo, numbness and tingling which are caused by inflammation in the nervous system.
In no way is this a comprehensive list of gluten sensitivity symptoms but it is a start. If 4 or more of these is super familiar to you, take a pass on gluten and chat with your doctor to find out what exactly is going on!
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