More than fifty-fifty health diseases and problems have been associated with gluten, which is the protein that is found in wheat, barley and rye. It is proved that 99% of those people who have either celiac disease or gluten intolerance are never diagnosed.
It is also proved that as much as 15 percent of the population in the United States is gluten intolerant. Are you one of them?
Read the following symptoms, and if you have any of them, it could be a reason that you have gluten intolerance:
- Digestive problems like bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. The constipation happens usually in children after consuming food that contains gluten.
- Keratosis Pilaris or well-known like ‘chicken skin’ usually found on the back of the arms. This probably is as a result of vitamin A deficiency and fatty acid deficiency secondary to fat-malabsorption which is caused by the gluten damaging the gut.
- The diagnosis of some autoimmune disease like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriasis, Ulcerative colitis, Multiple sclerosis and Scleroderma.
- Brain fog, fatigue or feeling tired every time after eating a gluten meal.
- Neurologic symptoms like feeling of being off balance or dizziness.
- Migraine headaches.
- Hormone imbalances like PCOS, PMS or unexplained infertility.
- Swelling, inflammation or pain in the joints like knees, fingers or hips.
- Diagnosis of fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue. These diagnoses indicate your doctor can’t pinpoint the reason of your pain or fatigue.1
- Mood problems like depression, anxiety, ADD and mood swings.
How to test if you are gluten intolerant?
The best way to find out if you have problems with the gluten is to do an elimination diet.
Take it the gluten out of your diet for minimum 2 to 3 weeks, and then reintroduce the gluten. You should know that the gluten is very large protein and usually takes months or years to clear it from the system, so the longer you can eliminate the gluten from your diet before reintroducing it again, the better.