Gluten is a common ingredient found in many different types of food we consume every day. It can be found in wheat, rye, barley and almost every other grain. Grains are the biggest source of gluten and they are the most common ingredient in our diet. Wheat is present in pastas, cereals, bread, salad dressing and many other processed foods. Barley can be found in foods rich in malt and in beer while rye can be found in rye bread, rye beer and certain types of cereals. Not so long ago no one cared about gluten and what it can do to our body, but lately there’s a bigger awareness about the detrimental effect it can have on our health.
Gluten is especially dangerous for people suffering from gluten intolerance. Many people don’t even know and find out once they start experiencing the adverse side-effects of gluten rich diet. There are certain symptoms which are a clear indicator of gluten intolerance and we’re going to share them with you in this article. The most common sign is the so-called turkey skin on the back of your arm – keratosis pilaris. This symptom is usually linked to vitamin A deficiency and poor gluten absorption in the digestive system – leading to gluten intolerance.
Here are the most common symptoms of gluten intolerance:
- Frequent migraines and headaches.
- Digestive issues: gases, bloating, diarrhea and constipation.
- Feeling tired after a glute-rich meal.
- Hormonal imbalance: PCOS, PMS and infertility.
- Dizziness, or some other neurological problem.
- Knees, hips and joint swelling, aching or inflammation in these areas.
- Frequent mood swings: anxiety, depression, hypoactive disorder and other dramatic and frequent mood swings.
If any of these symptoms sound familiar you need to consult your doctor and find out if you have intolerance to gluten. If you have, you need to eliminate it completely from your diet.