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10 Signs You’re Gluten Intolerant

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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.

by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 2:38 PM
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by on Feb. 18, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Nothing really, except whether you have an autoimmune disorder. You want to know if you have one since you are more likely to get another if you have one. Plus the IRS does give a tax deduction for the cost of gluten free over wheat food if you have Celiacs.

Quoting .Angelica.:

so, what is the difference between celiacs and just gluten intolerant?

Quoting GwenMB:

You can, though, develop Celiac disease at any point in life.  All the symptoms listed in that article can point to Celiacs in addition to just gluten intolerance.

I would think you can also develop gluten intolerance later in life, though.  Or it builds up enough to start causing the problems you're noticing.

Quoting Basherte:

Okay. Then I probably don't have it. Thank goodness. 

That diet can get pretty expensive.

Quoting Alyson121:

I think many people have found out later in life.  However, they may have always had a reaction in the form of headaches, dizziness, bloating, etc but no one ever associated it with gluten intolerance.

Quoting Basherte:

Can a person not have a gluten intolerance and then later in life become intolerant to gluten?

October is Celiac Awareness Month - did you know that only about 1 out of every 5 or 6 people who have Celiac Disease are diagnosed?, National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

Gwen (43) David (55) Augie (5.5) Alex (4)

by on Feb. 18, 2013 at 8:34 AM
by on Feb. 18, 2013 at 9:39 PM

I think allot of us are but haven't realized it.

Quoting Kmakksmom:

Some of those signs are interesting!  I may be gluten intolerant based on these signs.

by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 12:49 AM


by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Thanks for sharing.

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