05 Aug 11 Symptoms Of A Gluten Intolerance
There are more than 55 diseases that have been linked to a gluten intolerance and this is rising due to the wheat we have today being very different to the wheat we have 100 year ago. Check out my post here where I explain how wheat has changed over the years.
I personally have never been diagnosed with a gluten intolerance by a doctor but my body definitely showed me in more than one way that I was intolerant.
Here is a lists of the common 11 symptoms of a gluten intolerance :
- Digestive Stress – Issues such as gas, constipation, bloating and diarrhea.
- Fungal overgrowth such as candida.
- Keratosis Pilaris – This is often related to a result of a fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A deficiency. Also can be due to fat-malabsorption as well which is often then linked to the damage caused by gluten in the gut.
- Fatigue – Can’t think straight, tired after eating and brain fog.
- Chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
- Autoimmune conditions such as hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, psoriasis, scleroderma or multiple sclerosis.
- Inflammation and swelling or pain in your joints.
- Dizziness and balance issues
- Mood and emotional issues such as anxiety, depression, ADD, ADHD, mood swings
- Hormone imbalances in particular PMS, PCOS or unexplained infertility.
- Migraine headaches
I have had Keratosis pilaris since I was a kid on my face and backs of my arms, then in my 20’s I developed perioral dermatitis on my face, then late 20’s got incredible dizzy spells, my joints hurt, my cycle was zilch and candida was thriving inside me! Not to mention the fatigue and unexplained mood swings that I would get after eating meals containing gluten. Now these didn’t all come at once, but they were all little signs and symptoms from my body as to what was going on and it was time to listen and sort out my act.
Today when ever I eat any gluten or cross reactive foods that I am sensitive to my dizzy spells are the first thing to flare up, followed very closely by intense exhaustion. So this is enough of an indication to me that I am intolerant to gluten and will keep avoiding it for as long as I have to. Its just not worth it.
How to test for gluten intolerance?
For me personally the best way to determine is to simply listen to my body and this is what I encourage my clients to do. Start by doing an elimination diet and take all gluten out for a good 30 days then reintroduce and see how your body reacts. For some it can take much longer months and even years for protein within gluten to leave your system so the longer you can cut it out the better.
Then if you find you have flare ups from the gluten when you reintroduce avoid that food thats a great indication from your body as to whether its right for you or not. After a meal you should be life, you should feel fueled, if it simply doesn’t make you feel good avoid it. For some people and me in particular there were also foods that were cross reactive to gluten that caused me to have flare ups, so these foods I avoided also for a period of time until I had healed my leaky gut. Today some of these cross reactive foods are okay, but I still avoid gluten like the plague as its just not worth feeling rubbish for.
If you think you have a gluten intolerance check out my next post all about How To Restore Digestive Health and start to rebuild your digestive system with the power of real food and learning to listen to your body. Don’t follow trends or the latest diet just because someone else has told you to. Get to know your body and discover what makes you feel your best.
Learn here what foods are cross reactive to gluten. Some of them you may not of thought about.