8 Signs You Have a Gluten Intolerance

Would you believe that there are some people that cannot actually eat bread? Yes, these people are suffering from gluten intolerance. It's almost as bad as people who suffer from lactose intolerance, or having peanut allergies.

Gluten intolerance is a condition which causes a person to react after ingesting gluten, a protein commonly found in wheat, barley, and rye. Its common symptoms are joint pain, fatigue, gastrointestinal problems, and depression.

Wheat is a grain found in bread, cereal and pasta, but it can also be found in soups and salad dressings. Barley is also a grain often used in stock feed products, while rye is a type of grain commonly found in cereal, bread and beer. All of these grains contain gluten, and all of them can cause gluten insensitivity.

Celiac disease is caused by gluten intolerance. It classifies in autoimmune disorder and causes damage to the small intestine.When a person ingests gluten, the body reacts with an abnormal immune response and attacks the intestines, and the damage caused impairs the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. If we leave it without a treatment, celiac disease can cause long-term heatlh problems. At the moment, about 1 out of 100 people are suffering from the condition.

These are the most common signs of gluten intolerance:

1. Brain fog
Brain fog is a symptom of gluten intolerance which is quite enigmatic. It can be caused from different conditions. It is also associated with Celiac disease. One article, called “Gluten sensitivity as a neurological illness”, published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, found that immunoglobin, abnormally react to gluten and that the reaction contributes towards reduced cognitive function.

2.Unexpected weight gain
Sudden weight gain is other symptom of gluten intolerance in addition of malabsorption and gut permeability which are 2 very known side-effects of gluten intolerance as well as systemic inflammation triggered by gluten. People who have problems from gluten intolerance should eliminate should eliminate it from their diet and their weight probably soon would go back to normal.

3. Abnormal immune function
In case of gluten intolerance, the IgA antibodies have a counter effect on the immune system. These antibodies are found in the gastrointestinal tract and saliva, and are the body’s primary response to colds, the flu or other diseases. When they counteract the system, it cannot defend against the said diseases properly.

4. Dental problems
Study published in the “BMS Gastroenterology” found that there is a link in the middle of gluten intolerance and a condition called  “apthous stomatitis”, which is linked to mouth ulcers and canker sores .In addition of malabsorption , gluten intolerant people have very low calcium levels , a mineral which is important for your oral health.

5. Headaches and migraines
Migraines could be quite painful and they are more common in gluten intolerant people .One study discovered that 56% of gluten intolerant participants had migraines , but just 14% of the control group suffered from the same problem.

6. Skin problems
The malabsorption , which is caused by gluten intolerance affects the skin, that leads to acne, eczema and dermatitis herpetiformis. Gluten intolerance includes itching, redness, burning and rashes. Dermatitis herpetiformis is quite difficult condition, experts define it as “chronic disease of the skin marked by groups odd itchy blisters that may resemble pimples”

7. Joint and muscle aches
Behind muscle and joint pain often lays the inflammatory effect of gluten intolerance. WebMD links the pain to the condition, also researches by Arthritis Foundation agrees with that opinion.

8. Fatigue and exhaustion
Experts share the same opinion about the gluten intolerance which causes fatigue and exhaustion, which leads to inflammation and de-allocation of the body’s energy reserves. The symptoms are near to the symptoms of brain fog but the mechanisms are still a mystery.

Source: Healthy Tips World

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