The protein found in wheat, barley, and rye – gluten, is connected to more than 55 diseases, and 99% of the people who have celiac disease or gluten intolerance are never diagnosed. These are the 10 symptoms of gluten intolerance:
- Fatigue, brain fog, feeling tired after eating gluten containing meal;
- Gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation;
- Chicken skin (Keratosis Pilaris) on the back of your arms. This is due to fatty acid and vitamin A deficiency secondary fat-malabsorption which is caused by gluten damaging the gut;
- Inflammation, swelling, pain in joints, fingers, hips and knees;
- Migraine headaches;
- Chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia;
- Hormone imbalances like PMS, PCOS, or unexplained infertility;
- Dizziness, feeling of being off balance;
- Anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADD;
- Autoimmune disease like Rheumatoid arthritis, Hashiomoto’s thyroiditis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Ulcerative colitis, Multiple sclerosis, or Scleroderma.
If you have such symptoms, then you need to make some changes in your diet and take 100% of the gluten out for 2-3 weeks and then reintroduce it. This large protein can take months or years to clear your system and the longer you can eliminate it from your diet before reintroducing, the better for you. Some people may feel better off of the gluten or feel worse when reintroducing it meaning that it is a problem for them.