Gluten is a protein found naturally in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is associated with more than 50 diseases, and it’s estimated that 99% of people potentially affected by gluten sensitivity or celiac disease will never be diagnosed. Here are 10 signs that you have a gluten allergy, and you should stop eating gluten!
10 signs that you should stop eating gluten
If you notice one or more of the symptoms listed below, you should see a doctor to check if you have a gluten intolerance.
Sign 1: Digestive problems
Constipation is common in people who consume gluten (gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation).
Sign 2: the appearance of keratosis pilaris
This disease is characterized by “chicken skin” which resembles the skin of the backs of the arms. It is caused by a deficiency in fatty acids and vitamin A as a result of malabsorption due to gluten, which is harmful to the intestines.
Sign 3: Feeling tired
You feel tired after eating foods that contain gluten.
Sign 4: You have an autoimmune disease, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, psoriasis, scleroderma, or multiple sclerosis.
Sign #5: Feeling dizzy, unbalanced, lightheaded, or other noticeable neurological symptoms.
Sign 6: Hormonal problems such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), or unexplained infertility.
Sign 7: Frequent headaches and/or migraines
Sign 8: Chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. According to some scientific studies done on people with fibromyalgia, gluten intolerance is the underlying cause.
Sign 9: Swelling, irritation, or pain in the fingers, hips, or knees.
Sign 10: Mood disorders (depression, anxiety, etc.)
Also read: We are gluten intolerant
A simple trick to test for gluten intolerance
There is a great way to control your gluten intolerance: Eliminate it completely from your diet by not eating gluten for two to three weeks, then incorporate it into your daily routine.
Eliminating the presence of gluten in the body can take months or even years because gluten is a very large protein. If gluten intolerance appears, it is best for your health to eliminate it from your meals altogether. Consult a doctor (and a nutritionist) for the best advice on this process.