In the recent period, the gluten-free products are becoming a real sensation and they popularity is constantly growing. However, most people aren’t aware of the fact that they actually don’t need these products. Most of the people aren’t affected when they consume gluten (a healthy protein based on wheat).
On the other hand, there are many people who have to deal with a number of symptoms and signs that can make their lives very difficult because of the presence of gluten. That’s why, if you notice some of the following symptoms you should definitely introduce some changes in your eating habits.
There are cases when people start feeling tired and drained right after they finish their meal which includes gluten. This means that they are gluten intolerant and they should remove what and other grains that contain gluten from their menu. This is the only way to improve their energy levels.
2. Digestive problems
Digestive problems such as diarrhea, gas, bloating and constipation are one of the usual symptoms and signs of gluten intolerance. In addition, people who are suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS have successfully eliminated these symptoms and signs once they stopped using foods that contain gluten.
3. Behavior problems
According to many experts, people who are gluten intolerant, often experience certain psychological problems related to their behavior lik depression, anxiety, stress, ADHD and frequent mood changes.
A scientific study conducted in 2001 has confirmed that gluten intake could lead to migraine in people who are gluten intolerant. A thorough MRI scan has proven that most of these individuals were suffering from inflammation in the nervous system which is most likely associated with the system’s reaction to gluten.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic discomfort and tension in the joints and muscular tissues which is often described as chronic fatigue. Although the direct cause of this condition has not been determined, numerous researches suggest that by eliminating gluten from the diet the symptoms are relieved or in some cases completely removed.
6. Keratosis Pilaris
Follicular keratosis or keratosis pilaris is a skin condition which can be easily recognized by the emergence of uneven red bumps on various parts of the skin. This skin problem is usually associated with lack of vitamin A in the system and lack of fatty acids. But, there are cases when these problems are linked to gluten intake and the effects of gluten on the digestive system.
7. Neurological symptoms
Symptoms and signs such as dizziness, vertigo, itchiness and tingling can lead to swelling in the nervous system most likely associated to problems in the immune system caused by increased presence of gluten.
8. Joint problems
As previously mentioned, gluten intolerance often leads to inflammations, aching and swelling in the joints especially in the fingers and knees.
9. Body hormone imbalance
Gluten intolerance is also associated with irregular menstruations, polycystic ovary syndrome and sterility because the inflammation triggered by gluten creates high amount of stress on the adrenal glands which ultimately leads to their improper functioning and to disturbances in the entire endocrine system.
10. Autoimmune diseases
Regular exposure to gluten and swellings that gluten causes in gluten intolerant individuals often leads to autoimmune diseases. Some of these diseases include scleroderma, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid joint inflammation, lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and sclerosis.