10 Common Signs Of Gluten Intolerance

Gluten intolerance is more common than ever. Recent data shows that 15 percent of Americans are intolerant to gluten. The numbers could actually be higher because some cases of gluten intolerance are mild and canít show up in blood tests. So knowing the common signs is important.

If you donít know what gluten isóitís a type of protein found in wheat and other grains. It can also be found in a variety of processed foods. Basically, gluten intolerance is having an allergic reaction to gluten rich foods or drinks.

1. Fatigue

Gluten can make you feel fatigued even if you get enough sleep and donít overwork. If you feel fatigued whenever you eat gluten, you may be intolerant. And every time you eat gluten the body has to work hard to get rid of it, and it can cause actual damage to the brain.

Itís normal to experience fatigue every now and then if you lead a busy life. But feeling fatigued all the time is not normal. Eating a gluten-free diet can help eliminate fatigue.

2. Skin problems

Eating gluten can cause acne, rashes, itchiness and other skin problems. The parts mostly affected by rashes and acne are the neck, elbows, knees, back and buttocks.

3. Bloating and constipation

Gluten intolerance causes a lot of digestive problems. Constipation, gas, bloating and diarrhea are the most common cases.

Keep a food journal if you have frequent stomach upsets. Write down all the foods that cause digestive problems and see if they have gluten.

4. Anxiety and depression

Getting rid of depression can be as simple as eliminate gluten from your diet. Research shows that gluten can cause anxiety and depression.

Some of the signs that youíre depressed are anger, loss of appetite, low energy, hopelessness, change in sleeping patterns and so on.

5. Brain fog

This study found that gluten may contribute to mental fogginess. The effect gluten has your brain may vary depending on your intolerance. You may experience migraine headaches if your intolerance is high.

Use the food journal to identify the foods that make you lose concentration.

6. Hormonal imbalances

This is especially true for women. Naturally, women experience more hormonal changes than men. And eating gluten can cause more hormonal problems, which can affect your mood and weight.

Doctors also say that gluten intolerance causes infertility due to inflammation, which affects reproduction.

7. Mouth Ulcers

Does your mouth form round sores on the inside of your cheeks or lips? A study conducted in 2009 found that there is a link between mouth ulcers and gluten sensitivity.

8. Weak immune system

A weak immune system will increase the risk of getting sick. If you catch colds and flus frequently, gluten may be to blame for this.

As this study explains, when you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, the antibodies levels go down Ė therefore it becomes harder for the body to fight disease.

9. Joint pain

WebMD explain that the inflammation caused by gluten intolerance can lead to joint pain and muscle ache. Knees, wrist, shoulder, hips and back are the joints most likely to be affected.

10. Inconsistent weight loss or weight gain

Instant change in weight without changing eating habits or workout routine is an indicator of health problems. Gluten can cause these unexpected weight changes.

Well, thereís no cure for gluten intolerance. The best option is to reduce gluten intake or eliminate it from your diet.

Note that these symptoms could can be signs of other health problems. See a doctor if you experience them.

130 comments

Jetana A
Jetana Aabout a year ago

I have some of these signs, but eliminating gluten didn't alleviate them. It was interesting eating GF, but frankly it's a bit of a nuisance.... It would definitely be worth doing it for symptom relief.

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Patricia L
Patricia Labout a year ago

Ty

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Sam Dyson
Past Member 1 years ago

TY

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Janet B.
Janet B1 years ago

Thanks

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Elaine W.
Past Member 1 years ago

Good to know. There are more gluten free choices these days.

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Wendi M.
Wendi M1 years ago

TYFS

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Pablo B.
.1 years ago

tyfs!

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Pablo B.
.1 years ago

tyfs!

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Ruth S.
Ruth S1 years ago

Thanks

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Elaine W.
Past Member 1 years ago

Important information and to be aware of symptoms safeguards health .

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