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Gluten is a protein that helps to bind breads, pasta, and desserts to create a denser product. Eating gluten free has become pretty popular. Some people simply have a gluten intolerance while others have Celiac disease. 

 

I actually was diagnosed 6 years ago this October. When someone has celiac disease, and they have continuous consumption of gluten, they will experience a progressive deterioration of the villi, hair-like projections in their small intestine. The villi actually help absorb vitamins and nutrients to nourish our bodies and sustain energy for our everyday activities. When these villi begin to flatten as a result of gluten consumption, malabsorption can occur, and when this does you can experience a number of symptoms. 

 

If you are wondering if you should avoid gluten and the actual effects on the body, click the document below. 

What is Gluten?

Gluten Intolerance Symptoms

 

  1. Digestive & Stomach Issues- Due to the inability to effectively process gluten, you will experience bloating and stomach distention after eating something that contains gluten. If you are extremely gassy, bloated and experience stomach pains after eating you may be intolerant to the food you just consumed                                                 

  2. Migraines & Brain Fog- You may experience one or both of these symptoms, depending on your sensitivity level. With brain fog, it can make it hard to concentrate or stay on task for the day. The migraines you experience, could be debilitating, leaving you unable to perform your normal daily tasks. The brain fog could creep up shortly after a meal, making you feel like you need to take a nap, consume caffeine or a sugary carb to provide quick energy and stimulation to get through the next few hours.                                                                    

  3. Diagnosis of Autoimmune Diseases- Research is being conducted to look at if autoimmune diseases and gluten intolerance are related. Many people that have issues with gluten also have an autoimmune disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, Hashimoto's, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis or multiple sclerosis. Click here for more information on gluten intolerance associated with autoimmune diseases.                                                                            

  4. Numbness in Extremities, Joint Pain- Many people will experience these two symptoms and think that they are just tired or overdid it. However, numbness in your extremities or joint pain are very common with those individuals who have gluten intolerance. You may experience similar feelings as if your leg or arm feel asleep. The joint pain is due to inflammation and you may feel tight or achy joints, similar to the feeling of arthritis.                                                              

  5. Fatigue & Sluggishness- You may feel sleepy especially following a meal containing gluten, as well as waking up after a night's rest and you still feel sluggish. If you have a gluten intolerance, it actually can interfer with your sleep, not allowing you to get the deep rest that you need.                                                                                                       

  6. Mood Issues- Many people who experience a gluten intolerance develop issues such as depression, anxiety, ADD and other mood issues. You may want to eliminate gluten if you feel fine one day and wake up feeling down or depressed the next.                                       

  7. Hormonal Issues- Different hormonal issues may occur due to the intolerance to gluten. Research is looking at the association between the intolerance and polycystic ovarian syndrome, premenstrual syndrome and unexplained fertility.                                                        

  8. Neurological Issues- People with a gluten intolerance may experience different symptoms that really interfere with their daily life. Things like feeling off balance, dizzy, reduction in coordination and memory issues. These symptoms are generally more present after eating a meal containing gluten.