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6 Signs You're Gluten-Intolerant

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36474705_sGluten sensitivity is the current buzzword out there. There are those who scoff at it and even scientific studies that say it is not a real thing. But those of us who suffer the consequences of eating any grains with gluten in them know all too well that the pain we go through is not a figment of our imagination.

There are many symptoms and signs that point toward gluten intolerance. Some may experience all of these, and others just a few. Many of these are surprising clues that you would never have guessed are connected to eating gluten. If you need any proof, try cutting gluten out of your diet for a week and see if these symptoms improve and/or go away.

1. Neurological issues
The immune system can respond to gluten with inflammation, causing problems with your nervous system such as numbness, tingling, vertigo and trouble with balance.

2. Migraines
If you often have intense headaches and migraines, you may be gluten intolerant. In a 2001 study, MRI scanning was used to show that many people who have migraine headaches also have high levels of inflammation in their nervous systems, and this is most likely because of a reaction to gluten.

3. Keratosis Pilaris
Keratosis Pilaris is a skin disorder that present as raised red bumps. These bumps do not itch or hurt, and are caused by poor absorption of vitamin A and healthy fatty acids. This poor absorption is due to intestinal damage after long term gluten exposure.

4. Painful joints
If you often have issues with swollen and achy joints, you could be gluten intolerant. This pain generally occurs particularly in the knees and fingers.

5. Fibromyalgis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Could your auto immune disease be caused by gluten? Yes, it certainly could. Diagnoses of both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are often catch all diagnoses when your doctor can’t exactly pinpoint the cause of your chronic pain and fatigue. Gluten intolerance is certainly a possibly factor in these diseases, so try avoiding gluten for a time to see if your symptoms are alleviated or even cured.

6. Digestive symptoms
Last but not least, perhaps the most common and well known symptom of gluten intolerance are digestive issues such as constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating. Many people who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) have their symptoms go away if they cut gluten out of their diet.

So if you struggle with any of the above issues, you should certainly consider getting gluten out of your diet. It would be a small price to pay to feel healthy again!

 

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  1. lafaverj
    October 31, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Gee, I have all these problems, guess I should run right out to my overpriced nature store, or so-called organic foods wish is even more over priced . Sorry, I’m not as gullible as alot of people that believe everything they read on the internet, according to most of this crap, I should have died before Moses was born.

    • Opinionated12cents
      November 1, 2015 at 6:31 am

      You are young.

  2. Bob Pegram
    November 1, 2015 at 4:43 am

    lafaver – If you are gluten intolerant you are risking cancer and a host of other SERIOUS health issues if you don’t figure it out and eat appropriately.
    The severe effect of gluten intolerance cost me promotions at work. I was an accountant. My immediate supervisor said that some days he thought I should be promoted immediately, but other days I was “out of it.” I had to agree with him. Until I found out what the problem was there were many days are running on fumes both physically and mentally. That was many years ago. Over 30 years of avoiding gluten has made me get and stay healthier than most people my age (66). I have no joint problems unlike my sister and cousins on my Dad’s side. I am the only one without those problems. Fish oil helps joint health too.

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