Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley and more than 50 diseases have been related to it by now. It is estimated that 99% of people that are gluten intolerant are never diagnosed. Another estimate states that 15% of US population is gluten intolerant.
The symptoms below point to gluten intolerance. Check if you might be in that 15%.
1. Issues in digestive system like gas, bloating, diarrhea and also constipation. The constipation is common in kids after eating gluten.
2. Keratosis Pilaris (“chicken skin” on the back of the arms). It’s a result of lack of fatty acid and vitamin A secondary to fat-malabsorption in the guts caused by gluten.
3. Feeling tired, brain fog or exhaustion after eating gluten food.
4. Having autoimmune disease like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis.
5. Feeling misbalance, dizziness and other neurologic symptoms.
6. Hormone disparities like PMS, PCOS or unexplained sterility
7. Reoccurring headaches or migraines.
8. Having chronic weakness or fibromyalgia. These diagnose are predicted by your doctor, and he cannot find the reason for pain or fatigue.
9. Irritation swelling or pain in your fingers, hips or knees.
10. Problems with your mood like depression, anxiety, mood swings and ADD
How to test for gluten intolerance?
There is a great way to control the gluten intolerance. Have an elimination diet and take gluten out of your diet in the next 2-3 weeks. Then again bring it back. It can take months or years to clear your body from gluten because it is a large protein. So it’s better to eliminate gluten from your meals as long as you can.