You may be dealing with an undiagnosed issue known as “gluten sensitivity.” Experts estimate that as many as 99% of the people who have these signs and symptoms also have some form of gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. In fact, more than 55 diseases have been linked to gluten sensitivity, and doctors often overlook it as a diagnosis because there are so many other possible causes for these issues.
If, however, you suffer from any of these 10 signs or symptoms, you may be suffering from gluten sensitivity or celiac disease.
- Digestive problems, including flatulence, bloating, diarrhea and constipation. Constipation is a common symptom particularly in children. Sometimes, these gastrointestinal issues are diagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome or another intestinal disease.
- Fatigue or confusion (brain fog) after eating a meal with gluten.
- Keratosis Pilaris, or chicken skin, which is caused by vitamin A or fatty acid deficiency stemming from damage to the gut from gluten and an inability to absorb fats.
- Dizziness and feeling off balanced.
- Autoimmune diseases, including ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, lupus, psoriasis, scleroderma and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Frequent migraine headaches.
- Chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia, which are simply catch-all definitions that mean your doctor believes you’re in pain but can’t figure out exactly why.
- Hormone imbalances and their resulting conditions, such as PMS and PCOS or unexplained infertility.
- Joint inflammation and pain in the fingers, knees and/or hips.
- Mood swings, anxiety, depression and ADD.
How Do You Know it’s Gluten Sensitivity?
Of course, the problem with deciding that any of these issues are due to gluten sensitivity is that many of them may have other causes as well. Knowing that, how do you decide that the issue is Gluten Sensitivity or celiac disease?
One way to figure out if your pain and other problems are due to gluten is to eliminate it from your diet for AT LEAST 3 weeks, and then reintroduce it. If you feel better when you’re not eating gluten and worse when you start eating it again, there’s a good chance that you have gluten sensitivity.
If you suspect that you suffer from gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, your best course of action may be to contact a Certified Gluten Practitioner who also specializes in functional medicine that will treat the root cause of illness rather than simply alleviate symptoms.
Many of today’s most intractable chronic diseases can be managed with a combination of dietary changes, gut healing, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, neurotransmitter and adrenal balancing and lifestyle changes.
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