What are the symptoms of being gluten intolerant?
We take a brief look into 7 gluten intolerance symptoms and offer a couple of delicious gluten free recipes to try.
First off it’s important to say, you can be a sufferer of gluten intolerance without having Celiac disease and there are links to more than 55 diseases that are caused by gluten intolerance.
The symptoms are very similar but with Celiac disease the body’s immune system destroys tissue and the gut lining, which then in turn means that the body will not get the nutrients from the food that is eaten.
Where as gluten intolerance is a fairly common problem and is caused by unpleasant reactions to the protein gluten found in wheat, barley and rye.
Food types that can contain gluten
Gluten is in wheat, rye and barley, so is found in foods such as pasta, flour, bread, seasoning, cracker and cracker type biscuits.
You can also find it in some spices.
Gluten intolerance symptoms
If you suffer from any of the symptoms below you may have an intolerance to gluten. We do however strongly advise you always ask your GP for further testing.
Bloated, Swollen Stomach
A bloated feeling, a swollen belly and full of gas after eating, is one of the main symptoms that people complain of.
Another common symptom is diarrhea in fact more that 50% of gluten intolerance suffers experience this, if diarrhea occurs too frequently this can lead to other health issues like dehydration and loss of electrolytes and fatigue.
On the other side of the coin constipation can also point to a intolerance to this protein.
Brain fog & fatigue
Brain fog, tiredness and fatigue after eating a meal that has gluten in could also point to an intolerance of gluten.
Up to 40% of gluten intolerant suffers described feeling “foggy” and having difficulty thinking, this is thought to be caused by a reaction to the antibodies in gluten.
Linked to serotonin levels
Several studies have found that individuals suffering with depression also reported having a gluten intolerance and when eating a diet that is gluten free they feel much better.
This has been linked to serotonin levels that are not normal. Known as a “happiness” hormone, decreased levels of this have been linked to depression.
The peptides formed in digestion, Gluten exorphins could interfere with the central nervous system, which may also cause depression.
Any change to your gut microbiota, too much harmful and too little good bacteria can have an effect on the central nervous system increasing the risk of depression.
Feeling off balance or dizzy
You can also suffer from dizziness or feeling off balance.
Numbness in the arms and legs
One of the more surprising effects of gluten intolerance is numbness in the arms and legs.
This symptom is more common in diabetes and B12 deficiency sufferers or anyone consuming too much alcohol.
It is attributed, but not confirmed to the antibodies related to gluten intolerance.
Inflammation causing joint and muscle pain can also be experienced by individuals with gluten sensitivity.
A gluten free diet has shown improvement to people suffering with Psoriasis, an inflammatory disease making the skin scaly and red.
Chronic uticaria, itchy, red patchy skin with lesions that have a pale center has also been known to improve significantly by removing gluten from the diet.
Please note: Gluten intolerance symptoms came in many different forms, that could possibly have other explanations but if you suffer from these unpleasant and sometimes painful symptoms above, we advise you seek medical advise from your doctor as soon as possible.
Gluten Free Recipes
So try eating a gluten free diet with gluten reduced or gluten free products and see if this reduces the symptoms. If the symptoms persist or worsen then as we say consult your doctor straight away.
Fancy trying out some Gluten free recipes?
First off, make sure you check out our wonderful gluten free breakfast recipes.
Alternatively, here’s a few extra recipe ideas…
1. Gluten Free Bread
Try this gluten free flax and sesame sandwich bread recipe from Noreen’s Kitchen for starters. A very easy to follow recipe that tastes delicious!
- 1 ¼ Cup Warm Milk 110
- ¼ Cup Sugar
- 2 ¼ tsp. Yeast
- ¼ Cup Melted Butter, let cool off slightly
- 2 Eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 ½ Cups Gluten Free Flour Mix
- ¼ Cup Ground Flaxseed Meal
- 1 ½ tsp. Xanthan Gum
- 1 tsp. Salt
2. Gluten-Free & Vegan Buckwheat Crepes
This lovely crepe recipe from Reveenas Kitchen uses buckwheat flour & rice flour for a delicious flavour & light texture.
- 1 cup buckwheat flour
- ¼ cup rice flour
- 1½ tsp sugar
- ¾ tsp salt
- 2½ cups almond milk
- ¼ cup canola oil
- Vegetable oil for cooking the crepes
Let us know
Are you gluten Intolerant? Do you have any advise on other gluten intolerance symptoms you suffer from and can share with our other readers?
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