Gluten 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.
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!