Signs You Might Want to Avoid Gluten
By Sara Butler
Gluten can be a bad thing for certain people, but it’s also something commonly found in a lot of popular foods. Gluten intolerance isn’t the same as celiac disease, but that doesn’t mean it's any less uncomfortable if you suffer from it. How do you know if gluten just isn’t your friend? These signs might be the clue you need to find out!
What is Gluten Intolerance
When people have celiac disease, gluten can damage the small intestine and cause serious health issues. But gluten sensitivity, also known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity, may impact the lives of more people than you think. It’s estimated that up to 13 percent of people may have this sensitivity, with the same symptoms as those with celiac disease but without malnutrition and damage to the small intestine.
Sign No. 1: Pasta Causes Your Distress!
If you can’t eat pasta, cupcakes, or bread with experiencing pain in your stomach, such as nausea or stomach cramps, then that may be a sign of gluten sensitivity. It can be tough to make the connection between what you eat and how you feel without the help of a food journal, so it’s a good idea to keep one so you can identify food triggers.
Sign No. 2: You Get Really Bloated
Bloating can be caused by a number of things, from beans to hormones (your own, not the kind added to food). But it can also be a sign that your body isn’t digesting gluten the right way, making your stomach feel tender and swollen after you eat a meal full of gluten.
Sign No. 3: Your Have Dry, Flaky Skin
This one isn’t well understood in the scientific community, but many people with gluten sensitivity report having skin conditions such as rashes, acne, extra-dry skin, and even eczema. So, it’s definitely something to take note of if it’s happening to you.
Sign No. 4: You Have Trouble Concentrating
ADHD-type symptoms have been associated with some people with gluten sensitivity because it can decrease your ability to focus on something and complete tasks. You may also experience mood swings or anxiety as a result of non-celiac gluten sensitivity, along with a feeling of brain fog and trouble remembering things.
If you suspect a gluten sensitivity, then see a medical professional to discuss it! There are strategies you can use to stop the misery that eating gluten can bring!
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