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10 Signs You’re Gluten Intolerant

Posted by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 2:38 PM
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10 Signs You’re Gluten Intolerant

Feb 06 2013

By Dr. Amy MyersMindBodyGreen

More then 55 diseases have been linked to gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It’s estimated that 99 percent of the people who have either gluten intolerance or celiac disease are never diagnosed.

It is also estimated that as much as 15 percent of the U.S. population is gluten-intolerant. Could you be one of them?

If you have any of the following symptoms it could be a sign that you have gluten intolerance:

1. Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, and even constipation. I see the constipation particularly in children after eating gluten.

2. Keratosis pilaris, also known as “chicken skin” on the back of your arms. This tends be as a result of a fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A deficiency secondary to fat-malabsorption caused by gluten damaging the gut.

3. Fatigue, brain fog, or feeling tired after eating a meal that contains gluten.

4. Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, psoriasis, scleroderma or multiple sclerosis.

5. Neurologic symptoms such as dizziness or feeling of being off balance

6. Hormone imbalances such as PMS, PCOS, or unexplained infertility.

7. Migraine headaches.

8. Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. These diagnoses simply indicate your conventional doctor cannot pinpoint the cause of your fatigue or pain.

9. Inflammation, swelling, or pain in your joints such as fingers, knees, or hips.

10. Mood issues such as anxiety, depression, mood swings, and ADD.

How To Test For Gluten Intolerance

I have found the single best ways to determine if you have an issue with gluten is to do an elimination diet and take it out of your diet for at least two to three weeks and then reintroduce it. Please note that gluten is a very large protein, and it can take months and even years to clear from your system, so the longer you can eliminate it from your diet before reintroducing it, the better.

The best advice that I share with my patients is that if they feel significantly better off of gluten or feel worse when they reintroduce it, then gluten is likely a problem for them. In order to get accurate results from this testing method, you must elimination 100 percent of the gluten from your diet.

How To Treat Gluten Intolerance

Eliminating gluten 100 percent from your diet means 100 percent. Even trace amounts of gluten from cross contamination or medications or supplements can be enough to cause an immune reaction in your body.

The 80/20 rule or “we don’t eat it in our house, just when we eat out” is a complete misconception. An article published in 2001 states that for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, eating gluten just once a month increased the relative risk of death by 600 percent.

Still unsure?

Seek out an integrative practitioner or functional medicine physician to help to guide you.

This article was written by Dr. Amy Myers and published in MindBodyGreen on January 22, 2013.

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lifeforchrist
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 2:44 PM

my daughter is gluten intolerant, and now im starting to think i am too!

Alyson121
by Alyson on Feb. 6, 2013 at 2:49 PM

After reading this, i actually think i am too.  I remember when we had dinner at The Four Seasons in Las Vegas in Dec, i ordered a pasta dish.  Almost IMMEDIATELY after eating it i felt like someone had given me tranquilizers, i was SOOOOO sleepy.  I knew it was a reaction from the pasta they served but didn't really associate it with gluten intolerance.

Quoting lifeforchrist:

my daughter is gluten intolerant, and now im starting to think i am too!


blondie.mom
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 2:51 PM
Thank you for sharing! I have some of these symptoms myself, and it's interesting to read.
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lovingmommywife
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 2:53 PM
In wondering if we all r in this house. Wow. Is there recipes to make? I'm so brain stupid how to get rid of this
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shaunaleigh418
by Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 2:57 PM
My 5 year old has the "chicken skin". Never knew it had a name or that it could be from gluten intolerance. Hmm... I have some of hese symptoms listed. Thanks for sharing!
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Alyson121
by Alyson on Feb. 6, 2013 at 2:58 PM

You're welcome. It is interesting. We have these symptoms and really think nothing of it.

Quoting blondie.mom:

Thank you for sharing! I have some of these symptoms myself, and it's interesting to read.


blondie.mom
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 3:02 PM
That's the one that caught my eye most. I've had it on the backs of my arms and all Over my legs as long as I can remember. I remember going to the dr but no one could ever tell me why I had it. I've also had unexplained dizzy/fainting spells for years, but all my MRI's and other tests always come back normal.

Quoting shaunaleigh418:

My 5 year old has the "chicken skin". Never knew it had a name or that it could be from gluten intolerance. Hmm... I have some of hese symptoms listed. Thanks for sharing!
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Alyson121
by Alyson on Feb. 6, 2013 at 3:02 PM

I just did a search on MetaCrawler.com and typed in "recipes for gluten intolerances" and TONS of sites popped up.

Quoting lovingmommywife:

In wondering if we all r in this house. Wow. Is there recipes to make? I'm so brain stupid how to get rid of this


Alyson121
by Alyson on Feb. 6, 2013 at 3:04 PM

You're welcome.  Yeah hubby has the "chicken skin" as well as our 7 year old daughter. Guess we need to REALLY get better at eliminating gluten.

Quoting shaunaleigh418:

My 5 year old has the "chicken skin". Never knew it had a name or that it could be from gluten intolerance. Hmm... I have some of hese symptoms listed. Thanks for sharing!


shaunaleigh418
by Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 3:24 PM
I've suffered from migraines since I was 12. Dizzy spells have also been happening. Fatigue, depression. So much.

Quoting blondie.mom:

That's the one that caught my eye most. I've had it on the backs of my arms and all Over my legs as long as I can remember. I remember going to the dr but no one could ever tell me why I had it. I've also had unexplained dizzy/fainting spells for years, but all my MRI's and other tests always come back normal.



Quoting shaunaleigh418:

My 5 year old has the "chicken skin". Never knew it had a name or that it could be from gluten intolerance. Hmm... I have some of hese symptoms listed. Thanks for sharing!
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