10 signs of gluten sensitivity

10 signs of gluten sensitivity

Many people nowadays complain of intolerance, tenderness or allergy to certain foods, especially those processed. We have even recently approached the question of 'whether or not gluten is harming our body' in our related article, as foods containing it are not accidentally at the top of a list of 'annoying' foods.

What is gluten

Gluten is a complex protein found in wheat and other cereals such as barley and rye. In addition to cereals, it is used by industry in dozens of other foods as a binder and as a flavor enhancer.

When it comes to gluten intolerance, it is prevalent to refer to celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that causes quite unpleasant symptoms in humans.

However, it is estimated that there are more than 50 gluten-related diseases. Therefore, it is more appropriate not to completely identify intolerance with celiac disease.

 

There are signs and "silent" symptoms

To avoid confusion and misconceptions, we can use the word sensitivity when describing gluten-related discomfort, but it is not celiac disease.

In English there is the term Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS), meaning gluten sensitivity, which is not related to celiac disease.

Unfortunately, there is a large percentage of people who do not know that they have a problem with gluten.

It is estimated that in Greece those suffering from celiac disease are about 1%. However, the proportion of those suffering from some gluten-related disorder is much higher (about 6-10 times).

 

Are you one of them?

If you have celiac disease, the immune response in your small intestine can over time become inflammation that will damage the lining of the intestine. This results in both the body being unable to absorb nutrients and, on the other hand, toxic substances leaking from the gut to other places.

Symptoms of celiac disease vary. They may, for example, be digestive or can lead to anemia or loss of bone density.

Gluten sensitivity includes even more symptoms. The bad thing is that sometimes there may be a combination of factors that damage the gut. That is, the annoying symptoms are due not only to gluten but also to other aggravating factors.

 

The most common symptoms

Below are some indications that gluten may be causing you problems:

  • Digestive problems such as bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation are constantly present. If, indeed, you have these symptoms regardless of the amount of food, then gluten may be the cause.
  • Abdominal pain can be due to many causes. But if it persists for no apparent reason, it may be due to gluten.
  • Skin problems are another category of symptoms. Psoriasis, chronic urticaria, redness or capillary keratosis may be due to the deleterious action of gluten.
  • Fatigue and exhaustion, especially after eating gluten-containing foods, is another symptom. Gluten can cause anemia which in turn will cause more fatigue.
  • Many people experience headaches or migraines. But if they persist for no apparent reason, a check is needed on whether gluten is to blame. In addition, the brain fog after a meal containing gluten should ring a bell.
  • Disorders of the mood are very likely to cause gluten intolerance. Anxiety, depression, emotional changes, irritability are some of the symptoms that have been reported.
  • People suffering from autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, wolf and psoriasis may not be able to tolerate gluten. Often an autoimmune can be accompanied by a second such as celiac disease.
  • Anemia due to iron deficiency is one of the first things the doctor observes in celiac disease. The absorption of nutrients from the small intestine is difficult, resulting in a reduction in the amount of iron. Quite often celiac disease is also associated with weight loss.
  • Pain in the joints and muscles is another indication that gluten can cause you problems. Gluten causes inflammation and stimulates the neurons that cause joint and muscle pain.
    Numbness or tingling in the foot or hand can be caused by many causes. The presence of certain gluten intolerance-related antibodies may be one of the causes.

 

Bibliography:

A. Fasano, A. Sapone et al, (2015), Nonceliac Gluten Sensitivity, US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, -https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25583468.

JR. Jackson, WW Eaton et al, (2012), Neurologic and Psychiatric manifestations of celiac disease and Gluten sensitivity, US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21877216/.

 

By Dr Angel,

Aggeliki Koskeridou

Holistic Doctor – Counseling Psychotherapist

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

MSc Health Psychology

www.AggelikiKoskeridou.com

insta: dr_aggelikikoskeridou_official 

 

 

 

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