Gluten intolerance is defined as the inability of the body to digest and to break down the gluten protein found in wheat and other grains. Some of the signals of gluten intolerance are digestive issues such as bloating, gas, and diarrhea, as well as fatigue, pain in the abdomen and so on.
Check out this list, compiled by Diply, and see if you can identify more than a few of the following signals in yourself.
1. Stomach pains
Of course, one of the first things that signal gluten intolerance of the body is a stomachache. Every time you eat foods that contain gluten, you might experience pain in the stomach, as well as signs of bloating, diarrhea and constipation.
2. Dizzy without the heights
People who are intolerant to gluten might experience disorientation, dizziness or feel off balance.
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3. Mood swings
Sure, some mood swings are fine and acceptable. Whereas others, the ones leading to anxiety, irritability and just feeling upset for no reason are sometimes experienced by people that are gluten intolerant.
According to The New England Journal of Medicine, there are 55 diseases that are caused by gluten intake.
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4. Chronic migraines
Gluten intolerant people might also experience chronic migraines an hour or two after consuming foods that contain gluten.
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5. Itchy skin everywhere
Another indicative sign of gluten sensitivity is a skin rash that starts appearing on the face, torso, the arms, and buttocks as the immune system is creating a lot of antibodies that combat the gluten. The two skin conditions connected to gluten exposure are keratosis pilaris and dermatitis herpetiformis.
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6. Where does fibromyalgia hurt? Everywhere.
Some medical professionals believe that this is a symptom, not a disease. The body sends antibodies to the destroy the gluten, thinking that gluten is an enemy.
According to Medicine Net, “When patients are helped by a specific dietary measure, it is often because of the presence of a secondary condition that does have a recognized response to diet. And when you take care of that, you do get some relief from all the symptoms. You feel better overall.”
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7. You’re always tired
As mentioned before, chronic fatigue can be another sign of intolerance to gluten. In order to deal with the unwanted gluten, your body needs more energy, and the regular seven to eight hours of sleep per night might not be enough for you.
8. Intolerance to lactose and gluten look similar
If you already have problems with foods that contain lactose, the gluten might be another problem for your system. These two are really similar. If you experience other symptoms and you are lactose intolerant already, it would be smart to consider eliminating gluten and consulting your doctor.
Here are some foods you need to avoid if you are gluten intolerant.