Let’s start with a scary thought: 99% of people with gluten intolerance and celiac disease are never diagnosed? Why?
Because people mostly ignore their gluten intolerance symptoms and hope for the best.
Another scary thought: Out of all diseases, 55 have been linked to gluten, and as much as 15% of the population in the US is gluten intolerant. Are you one of them?
What is Gluten Intolerance?
In almost 80% of cases, celiac disease is linked with gluten sensitivity.
Years ago, doctors dismissed gluten sensitivity as a condition, but have recognized it as a legitimate condition in past years.
What happens when you have celiac disease?
Since it is autoimmune condition, celiac disease affects your digestive system and often results in inflammation of the small intestine.
When consuming gluten, patients with celiac disease show abnormal immune response, often resulting in inflammation.
There are also cases when patients react badly to gluten, even though they have tested negative for celiac disease.
Gluten sensitivity doesn’t damage your intestines, so, at least, you are covered there.
Gluten Intolerance Symptoms
- Keratosis Pilaris. This condition is also known as “chicken skin” and occurs on the back of your arms. Gluten intolerance is only part of the problem, the other part is deficiency in vitamin A and fatty acids
- Gas, diarrhea, constipation, bloating and other digestive issues. Constipation is the easiest symptom to notice, especially in children after they consume gluten food
- Dizziness, feeling of being off balance and similar neurologic symptoms
- Fatigue or feeling of being tired after consuming gluten food is another gluten intolerance symptom
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune disease also happen as a result of gluten intolerance
- Migraine and headaches. This might be one of the common symptoms for many diseases, but in case of gluten intolerance symptoms, they happen after 10 to 30 minutes after consuming gluten food
- Anxiety, mood swings and depression are some of the mood issues that happen as a result of gluten intolerance symptoms
- Chronic fatigue or also known as fibromyalgia: condition in which your physician cannot pinpoint the cause of your pain and fatigue
- Hormone imbalances
- Inflammation, pain and swelling in knees, hips, and/or fingers
How to Test for Gluten Intolerance
You can always take a blood test with specific goal to test for gluten sensitivity.
However, I’ve found out that an elimination diet is also very effective way.
What you need is to eliminate gluten nutrients from your diet for two weeks, and see how your body reacts.
After two or three weeks, reintroduce gluten to your body.
Now, I must note that gluten is a large protein.
Sometimes, it takes several months to completely clear your body and system from gluten.
Therefore, the longer you can stay on the elimination diet, the better results you will have.
If you feel better when you eliminate gluten from your diet, and then feel worse when they reintroduce it, chances are, you are gluten sensitive.
Last and final note, the elimination diet works only if you eliminate 100% of the gluten from your diet.
What Happens if You Ignore Gluten Intolerance Symptoms?
I strongly suggest you do not ignore the symptoms.
What happens, in this case, is that your body loses the ability to absorb nutrients due to inflammation of the small intestine.
In simple words, you start to lose weight rapidly, and you will suffer from malnutrition.
Now if that doesn’t sound scary enough for you, I cannot help you anymore.