what are signs of gluten intolerance?
What is gluten intolerance?
Gluten intolerance is caused by an adverse reaction to a gluten protein that is found in wheat, rye, and barley. Some people will not have any warning signs, while others can experience very severe and debilitating symptoms. Since there is no real cure for gluten intolerance, the best way to prevent this disorder is to eliminate gluten from your diet.
People with a gluten intolerance have reported experiencing headaches within an hour or two of eating foods that contain gluten. If you regularly experience migraines after eating, it could be very beneficial to change your diet by removing gluten.
- Chronic Fatigue
One of the symptoms of gluten intolerance is constantly feeling tired or exhausted. This occurs because your body is expending more energy to remove the gluten that you have consumed. The excess strain causes you to feel worn out. Feeling sleepy after eating meals that contain gluten may also be a sign that you're sensitive to gluten.
- Gastrointestinal Issues
This sign is what prompts most people to see a doctor. Some people report intense stomach pain after eating food that contains gluten, because their body is struggling to digest it. Other gastrointestinal issues that you may experience include diarrhea, bloating, excess gas, and constipation. For children, constipation is often one of the first warning signs of gluten intolerance (or the related autoimmune and digestive disorder, celiac disease).
- Joint Pain
If you're sensitive to gluten, the protein may cause an inflammatory response once it enters your body, which can ultimately lead to joint pain. This pain can occasionally be misdiagnosed as arthritis. If your joint pain persists, try modifying your diet to eliminate gluten and see if this helps.
People with gluten intolerance have reported randomly feeling disoriented, dizzy, and off-balance. Remember that dizziness can also be caused by dehydration, so make sure that you drink plenty of water each day.
- Keratosis Pilaris
Keratosis pilaris (also known as "chicken skin") can occur when your immune system creates antibodies to break down the gluten in your system. The antibodies can cause your skin to become irritated and develop red bumps. Keratosis pilaris typically starts on the arms before spreading to other areas of the body.
- Mood Swings
People with gluten intolerance or celiac disease can experience unpredictable mood swings as a result of their physical pain and the stress brought on by their condition. Such symptoms as anxiety, depression, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and feeling upset for no reason have been reported.
- Lactose Intolerance
Lactose intolerance can have very similar symptoms to gluten intolerance. Therefore, if you are lactose intolerant you may want to see a doctor and determine if gluten is also difficult for your body to process.