10 Signs of Gluten Intolerance You Need To Stop Ignoring

More than 55 diseases have been linked to gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It’s estimated that 99% of the people who have either gluten intolerant or celiac disease are never diagnosed.

If you are currently dealing with any of these symptoms it might be a sign that you are gluten intolerant.

Digestion problems

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Boy’s Gastrointestinal Tract

Having problems with gas, bloating diarrhea and constipation are signs of gluten intolerance. Constipation usually occur more in children after they consume something with gluten.

Keratosis Pilaris

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Keratosis Pilaris, (also known as ‘chicken skin’ on the back of your arms). This tends be as a result of a fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A deficiency secondary to fat-malabsorption caused by gluten damaging the gut.

Fatigue

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Feeling exhausted after eating a meal that contains not just sleepy after eating a big meal but literally exhausted. Having a foggy brain also comes this.

Autoimmune Disease

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If you have already been diagnosed with a certain type of autoimmune disease like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ulcerative Colitis, lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple Sclerosis.

Dizziness

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woman with headache, migraine, stress, insomnia, hangover

Neurologic symptoms such as dizziness or feeling of being off balance

Hormone imbalances such as PMS, PCOS or unexplained infertility.

Migraines

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Migraine headaches.

 

Fatigue or Fibromyalgia

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Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. These diagnoses simply indicate your conventional doctor cannot pin point the cause of your fatigue or pain.

Inflammation

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Inflammation, swelling or pain in your joints such as fingers, knees or hips.

Mood Swings

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Mood issues such as anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADD.

The best way to find out if you are gluten intolerant is by taking gluten out of your diet for about 2 to 3 weeks and bring it back after those weeks are over, you might feel a big change or it might be that you don’t have this problem. It can take gluten a few months to get out your system or it might take years it all depends on how much gluten is in your body.

The best advice that I share with my patients is that if they feel significantly better off of gluten or feel worse when they reintroduce it, then gluten is likely a problem for them.  In order to get accurate results from this testing method you must elimination 100% of the gluten from your diet

By taking all gluten out of your diet and finding out how much gluten is in medications and supplements can be more than enough to have an immune reaction.

The 80/20 rule or “we don’t eat it in our house, just when we eat out” is a complete misconception. An article published in 2001 states that for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity eating gluten just once a month increased the relative risk of death by 600%.