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Signs You May Have a Gluten Intolerance
With gluten-free food in all supermarkets and so many people going on a gluten-free diet for medical reasons, allergies, intolerances, or simply just to cut it out from their diet, the term gluten-free is not going anywhere.
Many people cut gluten out of their diets because they think it will help them lose weight or make them healthier. Although a hot topic, gluten is not inherently bad for you. However, gluten does become an issue is you have a gluten intolerance.
A gluten intolerance is different than a wheat allergy and it is also different then having something like Celiac disease.
If you are experiencing discomfort after eating foods with gluten and are suspicious you may have a gluten intolerance or sensitivity, there are some common signs to watch out for. It is important to keep in mind that you should not fully rely of self-diagnosing yourself on the internet. If your symptoms line up with a gluten intolerance and you are feeling discomfort, make a trip to your doctor. From there, they will be able to listen to your symptoms, do blood work, and send you for further testing.
With all of that in mind, let us now take a look at some of the most common signs you may have a gluten intolerance and things you should look out for.
Some bloating is normal, but if you find that you are getting bloated more often than not, especially after eating foods with gluten, this may be your first sign there is an issue.
Diarrhea and Constipation
If you get both or either of these issues on a regular basis, that is not normal and may point to a gluten sensitivity. Having diarrhea or being constipated is quite normal, but if it is happening every day or a few days during the week, speak with your doctor.
Abdominal pain may just be one of the most common, if not the number one, of gluten intolerance. You will generally feel this pain right after your eat something with gluten or it may persist throughout the course of the day.
If you are prone to getting headaches more than the average person, this is also a common sign. If you cannot identify another cause for your headaches, such as bad posture, dehydration, looking down at a phone screen often, etc., this may be a sign your body is not handling gluten well.
Are you feeling tired and lethargic all the time and never feel rested? If so, gluten may be the culprit. If there is no other cause and you feel especially tired after eating foods that contain gluten, this may indeed point to a gluten intolerance.
Depression and Anxiety
If you suffer from depression, anxiety, or both there is a connection between these mental health issues and gluten. Many people who have a gluten sensitivity also report that they have both conditions or one, but not the other. This is likely due to the fact that a gluten intolerance affects your gut and your gut controls many parts of the body, including the brain.
Bain Fog ad Trouble Concentrating
If you are unable to think clearly, feel distracted often, are forgetful, and have a hard time keeping up with your day-to-day life, you could have a gluten intolerance. Although it is unclear why people who are sensitive to gluten experience these issues, almost 50% of people who have a gluten intolerance also experience all or some of these issues.
Feeling nauseous all the time or feeling nauseous after eating gluten is common as well. This is a particularly uncomfortable symptom and can feel frustrating.