Gluten Intolerance - 7 Warning Signs You Shouldn't Ignore


What is Gluten intolerance?

Gluten intolerance is often confused with Celiac disease because the symptoms are very similar. To confuse matters further, those who are gluten intolerant can actually have Celiac disease as well. To clarify, a gluten intolerance develops when the protein present in wheat, barley and rye are ingested and it causes irritation to the intestines. There is no actual test for gluten sensitivity whereas Celiac disease can be diagnosed with a simple blood test. In the case of gluten intolerance, one is allergic to certain foods that contain gluten like bread, cakes, cereals, soups etc. With Celiac disease the intestines become damaged causing the body to miss out on vital nutrients needed to stay healthy. Doctors stress that it is highly recommended you get tested for Celiac disease before you embark on a gluten-free diet, because your antibodies can decrease and this weakens the immune system. If Celiac disease has been ruled out, these ten symptoms may very well suggest you have gluten intolerance.

Rashes and skin conditions

Gluten intolerance is an allergy to the proteins found most commonly in wheat, barley and rye. Unfortunately these ingredients are found in many food stuffs that we eat daily. For instance, barley is in beer and wheat is found in so many basic products, you'd need to read the ingredients on every thing you buy at the grocers. Allergies of this kind can cause a reaction sometimes very quickly and this would be part of the diagnosis for gluten intolerance. The first thing to do is keep a journal of all the foods you eat and record how your body reacts when you eat them. A common reaction is a flare up on the skin. You might develop angry red blotches, strange rashes, (eczema or psoriasis) and annoying itchy skin. This is because the digestive system can't cope with the alien protein and creates antibodies that attack.

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