Are you Gluten Intolerant?

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How to Know if you are Gluten Intolerant

Did you know that as much as 15% of the US population is gluten intolerant? How about that about 55 diseases have been linked to gluten? Or that 99% of the people who have either gluten intolerance or celiac disease are never diagnosed?

Could you be Gluten Intolerant? Check out the list below and find out!

Are you Gluten Intolerant

Having one, or more of the following symptoms may be a sign that you are gluten intolerant:

  • Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and even constipation especially after eating foods with gluten in them.
  • Fatigue, brain fog or feeling tired after eating foods that contain gluten.
  • Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis.
  • Neurologic symptoms such as dizziness or feeling of being off-balance.
  • Hormone imbalances such as PMS, PCOS or unexplained infertility.
  • Often migraines and  headaches.
  • Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. These diagnoses simply indicate your doctor can’t pin point the cause of your fatigue or pain.
  • Inflammation, swelling or pain in your joints such as fingers, knees or hips.
  • Mood issues such as anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADD.
  • Chicken skin (Keratosis Pilaris) on the back of your arms. This tends to be as a result of a fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A deficiency secondary to fat-malabsorption caused by gluten damaging the gut.

If you suspect that you may be gluten intolerant you should consult your doctor. Your doctor may suggest that you get tested and the simplest way to do so is by going off gluten products for at least  2 to 3 weeks and then reintroduce them slowly into your diet. To be sure you will need to go off gluten 100% because even small traces will not give you the accurate results.

You will know the difference pretty soon after giving up gluten. You will feel better and if the gluten is the cause of any of your health issues the symptoms should get better when off gluten. Now after the testing period is over you will need to slowly add gluten back into your diet. At this point if you start feeling worse and your symptoms return you can be sure that gluten is to blame.

Note going off gluten is the single best ways to determine if you have an issue with it. And don’t forget while you are testing your body you need to be 100% gluten-free.

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