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10 signs that you are sensitive to gluten, and this is important to know

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More than 55 diseases are linked to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It is estimated that 99% of people with gluten intolerance or celiac disease are never diagnosed.
Additionally, some studies show that up to 15% of the US population is gluten intolerant. Can you be one of them?

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have a gluten allergy.

  1. Digestive problems such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, and even constipation. Constipation is common in children, especially after eating gluten.
  2. Keratosis pilaris, (called “chicken skin” on the back of your hands). It is associated with fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A deficiency due to the malabsorption of fat caused by gluten, which damages the gut.
  3. Fatigue, brain fog, or fatigue after eating gluten-containing foods.
  4. Diagnosis of autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, psoriasis, scleroderma, or multiple sclerosis.
  5. Neurological symptoms such as dizziness and loss of balance.
  6. Hormonal imbalances such as premenstrual syndrome, PCOS, or unexplained infertility.
  7. Migraine.
  8. Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. These diagnoses indicate that a typical doctor cannot determine the cause of your stress or pain.
  9. Inflammation, swelling, and pain in joints such as fingers, knees, and hips.
  10. Depression, depression, depression, attention deficit disorder.
    How to test for gluten intolerance?
    I think the best way to determine if you have a problem with gluten is to go on an elimination diet and remove it from your diet for at least 2-3 weeks and then reintroduce it. Note that gluten is a very large protein and can take months or years to get out of your system, so the sooner you eliminate it from your diet before reintroducing it, the better.

The best advice I can share with my patients is that if they feel much better after taking gluten or if they feel bad again, then gluten may be a problem for them. To get accurate results from this testing method, you must eliminate 100% gluten from your diet.

How is gluten sensitivity treated?
100% elimination of gluten from the diet means 100%. Even small amounts of gluten from cross-contamination, medications, or supplements are enough to trigger an immune response in your body.

The 80/20 rule, or “We don’t eat it at home, we only eat it when we eat out,” is a completely wrong idea. A 2001 article found that eating gluten once a month increased the relative risk of death by 600 percent for people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

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