Gluten is considered the modern-day equivalent of silent killer as “consumption” was considered 100 years back. This ominous title is not without its reason. Gluten can cause serious and chronic problems in our body and the most disturbing part is that most of the time the victim doesn’t even get to know he is sinking in the deadly gluten quagmire. So, here are some symptoms of gluten intolerance which will help you keep alert and aware that are you are gluten sensitive or not.
- Problems with the gastrointestinal tract
These symptoms of gluten sensitivity are mainly focussed on your intestines; you may experience regular nausea, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. The problems are these symptoms are common with many other health conditions such as irritable bowel movement which therefore leads to wrong diagnosis. 10-15% of the population suffer from IBS but the rest of the genuine Gluten victims remain undiagnosed and their conditions worsen.
- Unexplained weight changes
If you are having random weight gain or weight loss without any obvious change in your diet or lifestyle changes than gluten could be the reason here. This basically happens because Gluten usually causes inflammation in the cellular levels and causes metabolic disorders. This weight anomaly is also accompanied by other health issues which can be traced to gluten intolerance and has symptoms of malabsorption.
- Hormonal Imbalance
It has been proved that there is direct relation between signs of gluten intolerance and hormonal dysfunction in out body. This can manifest itself in the form of menstrual cycle, sudden weight fluctuations, PMS and sleep deprivation. During puberty, menopause or pregnancy these hormonal failures are magnified ten times. Mostly these symptoms are women oriented.
- Problems with the central nervous system
Symptoms of gluten sensitivity can also be observed in poor concentration, depressions, anxiety, insomnia and fatigue, because gluten increases the inflammation and permeability of our intestines. This results in irritability, loss of their concentration power and alertness in some people.
Also, people with gluten intolerance have more chances of developing migraine and usually experience severe headaches 30-60 minutes after eating food.
- Skin and nails problems
Gluten intolerance has been directly linked with two different dermatological conditions namely, Hair Keratosis and Herpetiform Dermatitis. The symptoms include itchiness on the skin surface and rashes developing on torso, buttocks, face, hands, elbows and hairline. Brittle nails and skin irritations like mimic eczema can also indicate gluten induced blockage.
Among signs f gluten intolerance, another unlikely problem which can be attributed to gluten intolerance is ADHD or (attention Deficit Hyperactivity Syndrome) which can manifest in both kids and adults as against the common belief that it just affects kids. People with this condition have short attention span and problem with self-control and concentration. A gluten free diet can reduce this problem gradually.
- Poor condition of the teeth
As we all know by now gluten intolerance effects the functioning of intestines. Therefore, the absorption of necessary nutrients and vitamins through the intestines is blocked. This applies to poor absorption of calcium in our body too. The result manifest itself in the form of cavities in teeth, tooth decay, hypersensitive enamel, ulcers and mucous cavity. If you follow good dental hygiene but still have these persistent problems it is high chance you are suffering from gluten intolerance.
- Iron deficiency anaemia
Iron deficiency anaemia causes Celiac disease. Its symptoms are very obvious and alarming, reduced blood volume, fatigue, shortness of breath, headaches, pallor of skin, mucous membranes and even arthritis in a young age. This is because iron is not being properly digested and absorbed in blood due to gluten intolerance which does not allow the intestines to function in the normal way.
- Autoimmune diseases
It’s been observed that most of the patients with auto immune disease have gluten intolerance, just like celiac disease which is an auto immune disease and attacks our own intestines cells. The problem is further aggravated by the fact that one auto immune disease can trigger many other auto- immune disease in the body, such as auto immune thyroiditis, autoimmune liver disease, Crones disease, diabetes, vitiligo, rheumatoid arthritis and the deadliest multiple sclerosis.
- Unstable mood
If you are suffering with gluten intolerance there would be a roller coaster ride of mood changes with you. Patients usually complain of severe anxiety, panic attacks, depression or feeling unstable. Check your diet carefully if you are suffering from these symptoms. Most of the time its gluten which is the culprit behind your mental ordeal.
How to treat gluten sensitivity?
Get medically tested- you need to give your blood samples and check it for antibodies which is usually common in the blood of celiac patients, before you go have a gluten full diet so that the results of test are accurate.
Eliminate gluten from your diet: they are usually contained in these items
Always check the ingredients of the food you buy from the market and always go for” gluten free products”