How to recognize signs of gluten sensitivity, allergy or intolerance
By Nathan Batalion, PhD, Naturopath, Triathlete
(Healingtalks) Gluten sensitivity is a common ailment of our times affecting about 6% of the US population. Ignoring that gluten intolerance or allergy can lead to more serious conditions, such as Celiac Disease suffered by about 1% of the population. We can take medical tests but these may fail to detect this ailment’s earliest onset. Thus it becomes important to be able to self-diagnose or recognize the early symptoms on one’s own accord.
Because lab tests poorly evaluate gluten allergies, you may have to test yourself.
Symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity
Gluten sensitivity symptoms can manifest briefly after meals or can keep manifesting for weeks and which produces a diagnosis of an autoimmune disease, instead of gluten intolerance. The symptoms to thus be on the look out for are the following:
- STOMACH – These can include bloating, cramps, constipation, diarrhea, and irritations Headaches and/or migraines.
- HEAD – headaches and pains
- CONNECTIVE MUSCULAR TISSUES – Fibromyalgia is a common symptom
- MOODINESS – shifts and feeling irritated easily.
- NERVES - feeling dizzy, nervous, having tingling and numbness.?
- FATIGUE – Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and the like
List your symptoms and see if they correspond to those above. Then go on gluten free diet and observe if your symptoms change. Try to eliminate not only wheat but rye, barley, spelt, kamut, oats, and triticale, all of which house gluten. Try alternative grains like rice and buckwheat. Try this for at least sixty days to observe the results.