As stated by Dr. Amy Myers, in her article titled “10 Signs You’re Gluten Intolerant,” it is obvious that a much larger portion of our population suffers from gluten-consumption on a daily basis. As much as 30% of households in this country are trying to eat gluten-free or are 100% gluten-free for various health reasons, such as obesity, lethargy, and severe digestive issues. She has a fantastic 10 points, which if you have, you may want to try going gluten-free to see if it helps you. You may feel better in ways that were previously thought to be typical for you. Her ten points are posted below:
1. Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and even constipation. I see the constipation particularly in children after eating gluten.
2. Keratosis Pilaris, (also known as ‘chicken skin’ on the back of your arms). This tends be as a result of a fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A deficiency secondary to fat-malabsorption caused by gluten damaging the gut.
3. Fatigue, brain fog or feeling tired after eating a meal that contains gluten.
4. Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis.
5. Neurologic symptoms such as dizziness or feeling of being off balance.
6. Hormone imbalances such as PMS, PCOS or unexplained infertility.
7. Migraine headaches.
8. Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. These diagnoses simply indicate your conventional doctor cannot pin point the cause of your fatigue or pain.
9. Inflammation, swelling or pain in your joints such as fingers, knees or hips.
10. Mood issues such as anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADD.
The best way to discover if you can benefit from a gluten-free diet is via an elimination diet. This means you must entirely, 100%, cut out gluten form your diet. This is quite a process, as cosmetics, vitamins, medications, food coloring, and preservative can hide gluten in them. It pays to be familiar with certain items that may contain gluten, some of which can be found on this handy list HERE or on our previously posted BLOG.
How did you discover you were gluten-intolerant? Are you still on the fence about trying to be gluten-free? We’re here to HELP!