Gluten intolerance is a global problem, with 1.9% of the United Kingdom population experiencing it. This figure is continuing to rise, and the most concerning fact is that most of the people with a gluten intolerance are never diagnosed. Here are five symptoms you may be experiencing if you have a gluten intolerance:
Digestive issues like diarrhoea, bloating, gas and constipation after eating gluten can be a sign of gluten intolerance. Constipation can be very common for children as well as adults.
Feeling tired after eating gluten, or a meal containing gluten is also a sign of gluten intolerance. The person having this problem may also feel fatigue.
Neurologic symptoms including dizziness, muscle weakness, seizures and feeling off-balance are also a sign of gluten intolerance. However, you need to be sure that these signs appear after consuming gluten.
A headache, migraine and other types of pain in the body can indicate a possibility of being gluten intolerant. There may also be feelings of anxiety and depression.
Swelling in Joints
Inflammation, pain, or swelling in the joints, particularly fingers, knees, elbows, and hips can indicate that you’re intolerant to gluten.
How to Test for Gluten Intolerance?
The best way to test for gluten intolerance is to completely remove it from your diet for a period of time, for example, one month. By removing it completely from your diet, you will need to be strict and ensure that no other foods you’re eating contain gluten in their ingredients. Once you’ve eliminated gluten from your body, you can slowly reintroduce it; if symptoms reoccur, then this may be a strong indicator that you have an intolerance to gluten.
Things to Avoid
If you want to make sure that you keep all the symptoms of gluten intolerance at a distance, you have to make sure that you don’t consume gluten at all. When you are diagnosed with gluten intolerance, it is advisable to not to consume gluten even once a month. According to the figures, the risk of death increases by 600% in such cases. Gluten is rich in minerals like protein that can be dangerous for patients with such intolerance. This is the reason why you should NOT consume wheat, barley, and rye even in small portions.
What you can do is consume fruits, rice, meat and other such things that have no proportion of gluten at all. It will help your body get all the desired minerals and avoid all the negative conditions. Moreover, you can consult your doctor to give you a complete diet plan that you can follow for a healthy living. If you want to know more, the team at Test Your Intolerance, are always here to help.
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