An allergy caused by consuming gluten is called gluten intolerance. Gluten is found in barley, rye and wheat. The symptoms of gluten intolerance are gastrointestinal problems, fatigue, joint pain and depression.
Bread, pasta and cereal are made of wheat. Stock feed products contain barley. Cereal, beer and bread contain rye. All these items can cause gluten insensitivity since they contain gluten.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder caused due to gluten intolerance. The intestines are attacked and thus the body is unable to absorb nutrients. 1 in every 100 people suffers from this problem.
The following are the symptoms of gluten intolerance:
1. Brain fog: cognitive function is slightly affected since the antibodies present in the body react to gluten. It is a very subtle symptom. Can be caused due to various conditions. It’s linked to celiac disease.
2. Weight gain: the two side effects of gluten intolerance are gut permeability and malabsorption. This can trigger inflammation as well. Once people remove gluten from their diet, their weight will come back to normal.
3. Abnormal immune function: the Ig A antibodies in our body reacts agains cold and flu. But when there is gluten intolerance, these antibodies, which are found in the saliva and gastrointestinal tract do not react against the above conditions.
4. Dental problems: Due to malabsorption in the body in the presence of gluten, the calcium levels goes down. This causes ulcers and canker sores in the mouth. This disease is known as aphthous stomatitis.
5. Headaches and migraines: migraines occur frequently in people who have gluten intolerance. They cause a lot of headaches. Around 56% of gluten intolerant people have migraines.
6. Skin problems: acne, eczema and dermatitis herpetiformis are commonly found in such people. Other problems found are itching, burning, redness and blisters in the skin. Dermatitis herpetiformis causes itchy, watery blisters. They may look like pimples on the skin.
7. Joint pains: gluten intolerance causes inflammation. This leads to muscle and joint pain.
8. Fatigue and exhaustion: the exact reason for this is not known. But it is thought that inflammation and depleted energy sources can cause fatigue and exhaustion in gluten intolerant people.
Source: Weekly Healthy Life