It has been said that the vast majority of people who have a gluten intolerance will never be diagnosed and that as much as 15% of Americans have some type of gluten sensitivity or intolerance, if not celiac disease.
Are you one of them?
Recognizing gluten sensitivity is not the easiest thing to do as symptoms can overlap other health issues making it difficult to distinguish what is causing what.
It is important to note that these symptoms can appear right after meals and may not always last long.
In other cases, symptoms can stick around for a few weeks or even chronically, which then can lead to a diagnosis of an autoimmune disease instead of gluten intolerance.
Here is a list of symptoms we can assess on our own to determine if we might have gluten sensitivity:
- Dizziness – Dizziness and feeling off balance is yet another sign of gluten intolerance.
- Autoimmune Diseases – Certainly not in all cases, but in some cases, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Scleroderma, Multiple Sclerosis, and Psoriasis have been found to be rooted in gluten intolerance.
- Chronic Fatigue – Chronic fatigue can be caused by something as easy to fix as dehydration and as severe as HIV. If you have chronic fatigue, see a doctor about it. Fatigue, brain fog, and feeling tired especially after meals that contain gluten are another clear indicator.
- Keratosis Pilaris – Otherwise known as “chicken skin” that’s commonly found on the backs of arms and your thigh is the result of fatty acid deficiency caused by gluten damaging the gut.
- Fibromyalgia – Some people diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigues actually have gluten intolerance but don’t realize it. If you’ve been diagnosed, consider gluten as the potential cause.
- Persistent Headaches – Migraines and persistent headaches is another potential sign of gluten intolerance. They can also be signs of dehydration and other disorders. See a physician if your headaches don’t stop.
- Routine Digestive Issues – Gas, diarrhea, bloating, and constipation that persists seemingly without cause is one of the most obvious signs. Constipation is a common sign of gluten intolerance in children.