Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat, barley, rye and all their hybrids. Gluten acts like a glue that holds food together, helping it maintain its shape. Main sources of gluten are: bread, baked goods, pastries, pasta, cereal, granola and candy bars etc. It is very likely that those people who experience abdominal pain, bloating, constipation or diarrhea after eating these types of foods have a gluten sensitivity. But there are other symptoms of gluten intolerance as well that are not so common and people tend to ignore them.
1. Keratosis Pilaris
As it’s shown on the photo above, this is a skin condition that causes tiny bumps on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks or buttocks. Many people noticed that these bumps went away when they switched to gluten-free diet.
2. Persistent Headaches
Nobody is immune to headaches. But if your head hurts constantly and especially after eating foods that contain gluten, then you should immediately go to the doctor to confirm your gluten intolerance.
3. Autoimmune Diseases
Many studies have shown that there is a strong connection between autoimmune diseases and gluten intolerance. A lot of patients diagnosed with: diabetes type 1, vitiligo, hyperthyreosis, rheumatoidal arthritis, biliary cirrhosis or some other autoimmune disease have also been diagnosed with gluten intolerance.
4. Routine Digestive Issues
As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, these are one of the most obvious signs which include: constipation, diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain and gases.
Feeling off balance and dizziness have been found to be linked to gluten sensitivity.
6. Chronic Fatigue
Fatigue can be caused by many things, so if you’re experiencing this symptom you have to visit a doctor to find out the real reason. In some cases it can be caused by gluten intolerance.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by severe and debilitating muscle, tendon and soft tissue pain. Patients diagnosed with this condition have been found to respond extremely well to a gluten-free diet.