Gluten intolerance is a condition that can be fixed and reversed, contrary to popular belief. However, most people either wait for a couple of years till they are diagnosed or never get diagnosed at all. So, they may go months or years facing random aches or rashes without realizing that they may actually be allergic to gluten.
Here are some symptoms of gluten intolerance that you need to know and watch out for.1
1. Keratosis Pilaris Or ‘Chicken Skin’
Keratosis pilaris, or ‘chicken skin’, happens because of the build up of excess keratin, a hard protein layer that is known to protect the skin from chemicals and infections. This then blocks hair follicles from coming out, causing a mass of hair in-growths, resulting in patches of rough and bumpy skin usually on your arms, thighs or backs.
2. Persistent Headaches
Those who are gluten intolerant may have constant or persistent headaches and it could even turn into migraines, which they may think is due to stress, lack of sleep or the weather, but will be unable to pin point an exact reason for it.
3. Autoimmune Diseases
In a number of cases those who are gluten intolerant may have a higher risk of contracting chronic diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (a disease where the immune system attacks the thyroid), rheumatoid arthritis (chronic inflammation of joints), ulcerative colitis (a serious inflammatory disease in the digestive system) or even Psoriasis (a disorder where excess skin cell production makes areas of the body become dry, scaly and itchy).
4. Constant Digestive Problems
Whether it is gas, bloating, diarrhea, and the most common sign being constipation and hemorrhoid like symptoms, this becomes the normal routine your tummy has almost every day, when you’re gluten intolerant.
Those who are gluten intolerant may feel dizzy or like their head is spinning, an almost vertigo like sensations that they’re off balance.
6. Chronic Fatigue
Chronic fatigue can seem easy to fix, but if it is a daily condition, it could be as severe as HIV. After any meal, if you see yourself feeling tired, fatigued or having brain fog like symptoms, you need to visit a doctor as soon as possible.
Yes, people who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia or even chronic fatigue, do not usually realize that it could be caused by gluten intolerance.
If you relate to four or more of these symptoms, it may be advisable to visit a doctor or clinic and check yourself for gluten intolerance immediately.
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