Gluten Sensitive and You Might Not Know It!

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adgdassAs many as 20 million Americans could be sensitive to gluten and not even know it. It’s estimated that 99% of the people with either gluten intolerance or celiac disease are never diagnosed. Therefore, it is important to raise awareness about gluten sensitivity, especially since more than 55 diseases have been linked to gluten. The recognition of gluten sensitivity and the consequence of Celiac Disease is often difficult to determine during early stages. Medicial tests for gluten intolernace can fail, so it is crucial for us to pay attention to how our body reacts to certain foods.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, oats, spelt, kamut and barley. It’s in the obvious foods such as bread, pasta, prepared foods and crackers as well as medications, cosmetics and products that aren’t normally associated with grains.

Gluten intolerance can run a whole range in severity. Celiac Disease is an gluten intolerance autoimmune disorder that prevents the gastrointestinal system from properly absorbing nutrients. It can appear in early childhood or be triggered by infection, surgery or severe stress.

Here are some symptoms of Gluten Intolerance-

Digestive Symptoms:

  • Frequent bloating or gas
  • Diagnosed with IBS or acid reflux
  • Daily diarrhea or chronic constipation

Neurologic & Skeletal Symptoms:

  • Migraine or headaches
  • Joint pains or aches
  • Brain fog

Hormonal & Immune Symptoms:

  • Depression or anxiety
  • Ongoing fatigue
  • Chronic eczema or acne

General Symptoms:

  • Fatigue after eating gluten containing meals
  • Easy weight gain
  • Water retention

 

Dawn Cormier-Hazen, ND

Naturopathic Health and Wellness Center

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