The whole world has been struck by a gluten-free craze lately, but rarely anyone knows if being gluten intolerant is a real concern in today’s world where we eat junk processed food constantly.
According to statistics, about 1% of the world is suffering from celiac disease, a dangerous autoimmune disease which makes digestion more difficult. Another 10% may be suffering from non-celiac gluten intolerance. As you can see, the numbers are quite high.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat. According to scientists, there’s no evidence which shows that eliminating gluten from your diet can be helpful in cases of gluten intolerance od celiac disease, but the gluten-free craze has still boosted the sales of gluten-free products by 70%, which means that even people without gluten sensitivity are buying these products.
According to a recent poll, over 30% of people want to “cut down or be free of gluten”, which is a big problem as whole wheat is a major source of fiber in our diet, which we’re severely lacking. “The average American diet is deficient in fiber. Take away whole wheat and the problem gets worse,”says Dr. Leffler, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.
So, how can you know if you’re suffering from non-celiac gluten intolerance? Of course, a doctor can tell you, but before going to one, we suggest starting a food journal. Pay attention to how you’re feeling after meals and track everything down – the more information you have, the better chances of your doctor helping you.
Here are the 10 signs of gluten intolerance:
1. Improper digestion
Gluten intolerance causes irregular and improper digestion which will cause gasses, bloating, constipation and diarrhea.
2. Frequent mood changes
People suffering from gluten intolerance are often very moody. If you’re anxious or depressed without a reason, it might be because of gluten intolerance. Visit a doctor to find the real problem.
3. Joint problems
Gluten can cause an inflammatory response in some people, which may inflame the joints and cause pain.
4. Keratosis pilaris
This is a condition traditionally known as chicken skin. Keratosis pilaris causes bumps on the surface of the skin caused by the inability of the skin to absorb fatty acids and vitamin A. The problem is usually caused by intestinal damage from the constant exposure to gluten.
5. Severe fatigue
Feeling tired all the time is a big sign that something’s wrong in your body.
Fibromyalgia is a painful condition which may be caused by gluten sensitivity.
7. Migraines and headaches
Gluten intolerance is one of the most common triggers for migraines. According to a new study, people diagnosed with gluten intolerance have reported headaches and migraines which are caused by inflammation in the nervous system.
8. Autoimmune diseases
If you’re suffering from gluten intolerance but still eat a diet rich in gluten, the body assumes it’s under attack and may trigger several autoimmune diseases.
9. Hormone imbalance
Gluten can cause excessive inflammation in the tissues and overwork the adrenal glands, which won’t function properly under all that stress. This will throw your hormones out of balance and cause numerous other problems.
10. Neurological symptoms
Inflammation is highly dangerous and may even cause neurological problems.
All of these symptoms are also symptoms of other health problems, so they don’t automatically mean that you are gluten intolerant. However, if you notice any of them, we recommend visiting a doctor who can detect the underlying issue. If it’s gluten intolerance, you’ll need to remove the protein from your diet in order to stay healthy.