Identifying gluten intolerance symptoms are a challenge to say the least. Many of the symptoms that are connected to gluten intolerance are also present in many other diseases.
What is Gluten Intolerance?
Gluten intolerance is a fairly common condition. In fact, some studies show that it affects approximately 15 percent of the US population and possibly much more.
Generally, Gluten intolerance, or gluten sensitivity, is characterized by an inability to handle foods containing gluten.
What are the symptoms of Gluten Intolerance?
There are some common symptoms of gluten intolerance to be aware of, but keep in mind that these are just some of the symptoms. These are major inconveniences and can be extremely uncomfortable if left untreated. To avoid them, simply cut gluten completely out of your diet.
First, digestive symptoms are the most common symptoms of gluten intolerance. These include:
- Abdominal pain
- Weight Gain or weight loss
- Alternating Constipation and Diarrhea
Inflammation is the body’s immune system response to the presence of gluten (for those who are especially intolerant to gluten.)
3. Lactose Intolerance, Dairy Sensitivity, or Other Types of Food Sensitivity
In general, this is the secondary condition that results from the damage to the small intestines (leaky gut) due to celiac disease. Note: Celiac disease is a type of gluten intolerance that attacks the linings of the small intestines due to the presence of gluten.
4. Malnutrition and/or Anemia
Since the small intestine may become damaged in cases of gluten intolerance, and since food may rapidly become waste, the body often has a hard time absorbing food nutrients. This leads to health related symptoms of malnutrition and/or anemia.
Specifically, low iron level is common to those who are gluten intolerant.
5. Chronic Fatigue, Exhaustion, and Dizziness
Overall body performance diminishes if you have gluten intolerance.
6. Body and Joint Aches
Next, the body’s joints and muscles also fail to function properly.
7. Frequent Infections
The small intestine makes up 70 percent of the immune system. Since gluten intolerance causes damage to the small intestine, major infection becomes a common symptom.
This is the presence of excess fat in feces. This can lead to further embarrassing and painful complications such as anal leakage or incontinence. A lot of fat is present in the stools due to poor digestion.
Headaches and “brain fog” also become an issue.
10. Depression, Irritability, and Mood Swings
Finally, mental and emotional health becomes affected as well because of poor overall health.
Summary: The above are just a few of the vast list of symptoms that arise from gluten intolerance.
In addition to those listed above, there are almost endless symptoms related to a gluten intolerance. To make matters worse, possible symptoms of gluten intolerance can be the same symptoms as many other maladies. Consequently, gluten intolerance can go un-diagnosed or misdiagnosed as something else for years and years.
The list can be even more extensive and severe in the case of gluten intolerance in the form of celiac disease.
As stated above, treatment for gluten intolerance is straightforward. Simply eliminate gluten-containing foods from your diet. This means you must completely eliminate gluten-containing grains such as those found in bread, cereals, and pasta. Also avoid gluten drinks such as beer as making these involves fermenting grains that contain gluten.
If you experience any or all of the above symptoms, you may want to get tested for gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance. The answer could be life changing.