Some 55 diseases now have been linked to gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. It’s been said that most people are gluten intolerant at some level or another. About 15% of the U.S. population is strictly gluten intolerant, no buts about it. Are you one of them? You may be if you exhibit any of these symptoms.
- 1. Gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation. Constipation is common in children who have eaten gluten.
- 2. Keratosis Pilaris, sometimes called ‘chicken skin’ that appears on the backs of your arms or thighs. Keratosis Pilaris appears because of a fatty acid and vitamin A deficiency secondary to fat absorption issues caused by gluten damaging your gut.
- 3. Fatigue, tiredness, and brain fog after meals containing gluten.
- 4. Autoimmune diseases like Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, or Scleroderma.
- 5. Neurological issues like dizziness or feeling off balance.
- 6. Hormone imbalances and unexplained infertility.
- 7. Frequent migraine headaches.
- 8. Fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue. These diagnoses could indicate that your doctor just doesn’t really know what’s wrong.
- 9. Inflammation and swelling in your joints, particularly knees, hips and fingers.
- 10. Mood swings, ADD, depression and anxiety.
If you suffer from any of these, especially if it’s multiple, you could be gluten intolerant. If you think you’re gluten intolerant, don’t try to self-diagnose. Visit your doctor and get tested for wheat allergies and gluten intolerance. Also note that after you remove gluten from your diet, it can take months or years until it works out of your system.