The reasons people adopt a gluten free diet vary widely among people with reasons ranging from celiac disease to personal preference and everything in between, but one reason many people are choosing to cut gluten from their diets is gluten intolerance. If you too are wondering, “Am I gluten intolerant?”, read on to find out what are the symptoms of gluten intolerance. If one or more of them sound like things you are experiencing, you may have gluten intolerance. Consider eliminating gluten for a minimum of two to four weeks to see if your symptoms improve-you’ve got nothing to lose!
Gluten Intolerance Symptoms Checklist
Diarrhea and/or Constipation
Diarrhea and/or constipation are some of the most common gluten allergy symptoms, but that does not always mean we are quick to recognize gluten as the culprit of the problem. If you are experiencing either one (or both) of these symptoms on any kind of regular basis, it may be your body telling you it can’t digest gluten.
In addition to diarrhea and constipation, gluten intolerance can also lead to a host of other digestive problems as your body attempts to digest the offending gluten. Bloating, gas, cramps are all common symptoms of gluten intolerance in adults and children alike.
Though digestive problems, like those discussed above, tend to be what folks first think about when it comes to spotting signs of gluten intolerance, but the damaging effects of gluten can manifest themselves in multitude of ways. Rashes, dry skin, and acne can all be tell-tale signs that you may be gluten intolerant.
Low Energy Levels
Do you feel yourself dragging for no apparent reason? Do you not feel rested no matter how much sleep you get? Such feelings of exhaustion and sluggishness are common gluten allergy symptoms in adults as the body becomes exhausted from having to fight against an invader.
Triggers for headaches, especially migraines, vary widely, but experts are increasingly recognizing gluten as a headache trigger for many people. If you suffer from headaches, try cutting gluten out to see if symptoms improve.
Unexplained Weight Loss or Weight Gain
Both unexplained weight loss and weight gain can be caused by gluten intolerance. Upset stomachs and poor nutrient absorption associated with gluten intolerance can cause weight loss while internal inflammation and bloating may cause weight gain.
Research is continually revealing the importance of gut health in overall mental health. While more research is still needed to explain the connection, many people suffering from gluten intolerance experience relief from depression and anxiety when they begin to follow a gluten free diet. Anecdotal evidence also points to a connection between removing gluten from the diet and improvements in such conditions as ADHD and autism.
Unexplained Aches and Pains
The internal inflammation people with gluten intolerance experience can lead to pains and achy joints. Rather than continuing to pop medicine, see if removing gluten from your diet helps.