By now you may have heard of a condition called gluten intolerance and be aware of some of the gastrointestinal problems it causes. The most recognizable symptoms of gluten intolerance include chronic flatulence, abdominal cramping, muscle cramps, and diarrhea.
However there are some symptoms of gluten intolerance you may have never heard of. If your lesser-known symptoms are related to gluten intolerance and you don’t know it, things are only going to get worse until you act.
Take a look at these 5 unusual gluten intolerance symptoms:
- Mental Health Problems
Mental health problems are a lesser-known symptom of undiagnosed gluten intolerance and it’s often completely missed by the psychiatric profession. If you’ve been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, or even schizophrenia, hidden gluten intolerance could be the cause.
Gluten not only does serious damage to the intestines of someone who is intolerant to the protein, it also disrupts the entire nervous system, leading to behavioral problems and, sometimes, psychosis. Gluten also acts as an opiate in the brain, causing addictive and irrational behavior.
Losing your balance a lot? The neurological damage caused by gluten intolerance can lead to a condition called gluten ataxia. With this neurological condition, antibodies attack the cerebellum, the part of your brain responsible for gross motor control and coordination. Dropping and whacking into things isn’t just a sign of clumsiness, it can be a sign of serious gluten-related neurological disease.
- Dermatitis Herpetiformis
Gluten intolerance can affect your skin as well. Dermatitis herpetiformis is caused by an autoimmune reaction to gluten deposits at the top layer of your skin. This type of dermatitis is often painful, causing an outbreak of water-filled blisters to form on the body. Dermatitis herpetiformis can be also be triggered by skincare products containing gluten.
- Mouth Sores
Another unusual symptom of gluten intolerance is mouth sores. Painful sores that develop on the inside of your mouth are usually an indication that you’re about to come down with something. However, if you see or feel them all the time, it indicates a malfunctioning immune system.
Chronic fatigue is a common problem for millions of people just like you. Even if you have few others symptoms, your fatigue could be caused by gluten intolerance. If you’re intolerant to the protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, each time you it, your intestines become inflamed. Eventually, you’re unable to absorb essential nutrients from food, which could lead to chronic lack of energy.
Doing a Gluten Elimination Diet
The best way to tell if gluten intolerance is causing your symptoms is to cut it completely out of your diet for 6-8 weeks. This means reading all food labels and only buying those marked gluten free. It’s also really important to pay attention to the skincare products you’re using.
Anything that’s not strictly labeled gluten free should not be used while you’re doing this elimination diet. After the 8 week period is over, reintroduce gluten-based foods en masse to test for a reaction. If your symptoms are related to an intolerance to this protein, you’ll know.
If you still experience symptoms after you’ve done the gluten elimination diet, try doing a more comprehensive elimination diet. It might be a struggle at first, but you will get to the bottom of what’s making you sick and feel more empowered than you have in a long time!
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