More and more people are being diagnosed with gluten intolerance, while the protein mixture found in wheat, rye, and barley has been linked with approximately 55 diseases.
Gluten can be especially dangerous for people with celiac disease, who often go undiagnosed for many years – unaware that their symptoms can point to a serious illness. It has been estimated that as many as 15% of Americans are gluten intolerant, with a high percentage going undiagnosed. Do you notice that you run to the bathroom and explode after every slice of bread or pasta dish? You could be gluten sensitive. If you have any of the following symptoms you should consult your doctor about possible gluten intolerance:
- Excessive or repetitive gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation
- Keratosis pilaris, a condition of the skin on the back of your arms. Gluten damage in your digestive system can lead to a fatty acid and vitamin A deficiency that causes this symptom.
- Fatigue after eating
- Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, Psoriasis, scleroderma or multiple sclerosis
- Neurological phenomena like fainting, dizziness or imbalance
- Hormone irregularities like PMS, PCOS or unexplained infertility
- Frequent migraine headaches
- Diagnosis of fibromyalgia
- Inflammation, swelling or pain in your fingers, knees or hips
- Continuing depression or anxiety