So what exactly is gluten? We will keep mentioning this so patients and readers will be sure. Gluten is a composite of the two proteins gliadin and glutenin. Gluten is a mash up of starch, gliadin and glutenin and is found in grass related grains such as wheat, rye, barley and sometimes oats. Most breads, pasta, crackers and cookies contain gluten since they are typically made with wheat flour.
Gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance is usually not the first suspect and people often go years and years without a proper diagnosis. As expected, initially, gluten intolerance symptoms are mostly gastrointestinal symptoms, although other outside symptoms do present themselves as well. The good news is that this is easily treatable by simply eliminating gluten from one’s diet.
Here are some signs you are gluten intolerant.
- Digestive SymptomsDigestive symptoms are the most common. This includes abdominal pain, bloating, cramping, constipation or diarrhea, constipation and diarrhea (alternating), weight loss or weight gain.
- Inflammation, joint pain and body achesInflammation is an immune response to the gluten that often results in joint pain, particularly in the knees, hips and fingers.
- Lactose, Dairy Intolerance or Other Food IntolerancesThis is a secondary condition which results from damage to the small intestine (leaky gut) from the primary problem of gluten intolerance.
-Malnutrition and/or AnemiaSince the small intestine may be damaged in cases of gluten intolerance, and since food may be excreted rapidly as waste, the body often has a hard time absorbing nutrients, leading to this symptom developing. Specifically, a low iron level is common.
- Chronic Fatigue and ExhaustionMost people with gluten intolerance manifest symptoms of fatigue and brain fog that only gets worse as time passes.
- Frequent InfectionsThe small intestine makes up 70% of the immune system and since gluten intolerance causes damage to the small intestine, infection is a common symptom of gluten intolerance.
- Skin IssuesMany people with gluten intolerance will develop skin issues, including itchy skin, rashes, dry skin and other skin disorders, including acne. If you have issues with your skin, it is worth considering gluten as the culprit.
- Depression, Irritability, Anxiety, ADD Mood Swings
As stated above, treatment for gluten intolerance is straightforward. Simply eliminate gluten containing foods. This means that gluten-containing grains such as those found in bread, cereals, and pasta must be completely eliminated, as well as drinks such as beer, since these involve fermenting grains containing gluten.
- Autoimmune DiseaseIf you have an autoimmune disease, you are likely gluten intolerant and eliminating gluten is a must. Gluten is associated with leaky gut and leaky gut is associated with autoimmune disease.
If you experience any or all of the above symptoms, you should get tested with us for a gluten intolerance. Our patients have often said it is life changing!
If you are unsure if you are gluten intolerant or not, it is best to be tested to ensure you are not avoiding food groups you may not need to be avoiding. We offer a food intolerance test for 200 foods, testing the IgG antibody in your blood. This is a pin prick test from the top of your finger. To Read more on my testing please see the more info here...Food Intolerance Testing
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