More and more people today seem to be intolerant of gluten, diagnosed with celiac’s disease, or just keen on a gluten-free diet. The following symptoms are common signs that could indicate you are intolerant of gluten!
1. Stomach Problems
Digestive issues, such as gas, bloating, nausea, and headaches after eating meals containing gluten could mean you’re gluten-intolerant. When your stomach cannot digest gluten, you may experience IBS symptoms that are relieved when you reduce the gluten in your diet.
2. Brain Fog
Fatigue, cloudy thinking, or lethargy can be caused after eating meals containing gluten if you’re intolerant. Those who are intolerant often experience an increase in energy after removing gluten from their diet.
3. Symptoms or diagnosis of autoimmune disease
This can include Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma, and MS, as well as other neurological symptoms including dizziness or lack of balance.
4. Hormonal imbalance and infertility
If you experience PMS symptoms or unexplained infertility, it could be a sign of gluten intolerance.
5. Mood swings, anxiety, depression, and ADD
People who are gluten-intolerant find these symptoms are decreased when they discontinue consuming gluten.
6. Inflammation, swelling, or joint pain in fingers, hips, and knees
Gluten can cause arthritic symptoms in those who are intolerant.
7. Keratosis Pilaris
This skin irritation looks like a red, bumpy rash, and is caused by fatty acid and vitamin A deficiency, caused by gluten damaging your intestinal tract.
How to get tested for gluten intolerance
If you think you might be gluten-intolerant, see your doctor to test for a diagnosis. A non-celiac gluten intolerance test usually consists of eliminating it from your diet for several weeks, then reintroducing it and monitoring the effects. Testing for celiac’s disease is usually done by a blood or gene test. While the former is more common and easier to manage, see your doctor if you suspect you may be gluten-intolerant.
How to deal with gluten intolerance
Obviously, the best way to deal with gluten intolerance is by eliminating from your diet it completely. Even the smallest amount can have devastating effects on those who are gluten-intolerant or have celiac’s disease. With the growing fad of gluten-free diets, there are many resources for recipes and other tips for those who manage gluten intolerance. In addition, more and more grocery stores and restaurants now offer gluten-free options. Always be sure to talk to your doctor if you suspect intolerance and to discuss the best way for you to deal with it.