Gluten intolerance of different forms is present in 1 among 133 Americans today. Mostly people wait 5-10 years to get this condition checked, but this condition can be fixed easily. This condition cannot be diagnosed by most people who are suffering from it. It’s really unimaginable to think these symptoms are actually symptoms of gluten intolerance. The physical and mental symptoms are cured by taking many medicines, but people don’t usually know that the main reason why they are suffering from it is due to being gluten intolerant. Are you one of them?
These 12 signs will tell you if you are really suffering from gluten tolerance:
1. Digestive Issues
The symptoms of gluten intolerance related with the digestive system are diarrhea, constipation, bloating, cramping, abdominal pain, gas, etc.
If we are gluten intolerant and we consume products containing gluten, we will get nausea and excrete foul smelling stool. This way our body tells us that something is wrong.
2. Keratosis Pilaris
Gluten intolerance symptoms even appear on our skin as hard, raised bumps looking like chicken skin, it is called Keratosis Pilaris. Goose bumps are similar to these bumps on out skin, goose bumps go away eventually but these bumps won’t. Gluten intolerance symptoms appear on the skin with these bumps associated with Dermatitis Hepetiformis. This symptom is physically harmless so it is ignored as a gluten intolerance symptom.
3. Loss of Energy or Attention
After eating a meal which contains gluten, it may make us feel extra fatigued and foggy too. These are also symptoms of gluten intolerance. The reason we actually feel fatigued is because our body uses most of our energy in removing the substance which is harmful for us (Being intolerant to gluten).
Our brain consists of white matter and grey matter- The grey matter acts as computer while the white matter functions as wires and cables connecting the whole system. Gluten actually decreases the grey matter density. Thus, we start facing problems in our body balance, speaking abilities, and our senses start slowing down.
4. Diagnosis of an Autoimmune Disease
Autoimmune disease associated with other symptoms is also caused by gluten intolerance. Celiac disease is a type of autoimmune disease which is caused by consuming gluten, if you are intolerant to it. When we consume gluten, the gluten attacks the villi, which are finger like projections present in our small intestine, making it hard for our body to absorb nutrients. This leads to Gall bladder malfunction, lactose intolerance, etc.
5. Mental Illness
Gluten even affects the mental health of those who are intolerant to it causing depression, epilepsy, ADHD and anxiety. It even causes peripheral neuropathy, which is a form of irritation in our nerves. Gluten attacks the small intestine, thus leading to irritable bowel movement which is accompanied with anxiety and depression.
Gluten can cause inflammation in the bodies of people who are intolerant to it, which makes it difficult for reproduction for both men and women. Gluten usually affects the sperm of men. In women Gluten causes chronic inflammatory state which leads to malabsorption, which means not supplying sufficient nutrients to the growing embryo. The reproductive system of people who are gluten intolerant can be fixed if they start a gluten-free diet.
As we know that gluten causes celiac disease to people who are intolerant to it. Migraines are actually an early stage of celiac disease. It can also not be related to celiac disease. We also know that gluten can cause fogginess, dizziness, etc.
8. Chronic Fatigue or Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue is also symptom of gluten intolerance. Fibromyalgia is a syndrome known for sleep disturbance and fatigue. It even decreases our memorizing power and thinking, along with psychological distress. Although people may think it can’t be related but it actually is, after all everything is affecting the stomach.
9. Joint Pain
Gluten intolerance can even cause inflammation in the joints, joint pain, and severe swelling. These are common symptoms of gluten intolerance. Gluten intolerant people suffering even from arthritis can face harsher symptoms if they are continuing their gluten diet. Gluten causes inflammation of the gut which damages the body’s soft tissue and organs, thus causing joint pain.
10. Mood Swings
Mood swings are also caused by eating gluten, if you’ve got intolerance towards it. The reason is because our body starts refusing absorption of gluten resulting in the body remaining hungry very often. It also causes irregular bowel movements, thus leading to change in moods.
11. Lactose intolerant
Many health symptoms are linked with each other. If you are already lactose intolerant, you have a very high probability of developing gluten intolerance as well. Symptoms tend to worsen each other. Lactase is an enzyme present in the lining of the gut which digests lactose. So, if the lining of the gut gets damaged with celiac disease, lactase will not be allowed to digest lactose resulting in being lactose intolerant. Lactose intolerance is therefore connected to gluten intolerance.
Adults and children both are affected by ADHD, which stands for “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder”. As gluten can trigger Celiac disease, it can also trigger your ADHD along with problems in thinking, etc. If you stop the consumption of gluten in your diet, you might just be able to overcome it or get rid of it.