Have you ever suspected that you, yourself or someone else close to you might possibly have gluten intolerance? It can be very difficult to know for sure. Even doctors have trouble identifying gluten intolerance because the symptoms are so vast.
Not to mention, health issues caused by gluten can easily be mistaken for some other disorder or disease. Knowing both the common and the rare symptoms of gluten intolerance will help you to recognize this disease in yourself or in a loved one.
Naturally, since gluten is digested, the most common symptoms of gluten intolerance have to do with the digestive system. Problems directly affecting the stomach include, abdominal pain, bloating and cramping. Other frequent signs of gluten intolerance are constipation and diarrhea.
Surprisingly, frequent infections are another sign of gluten intolerance. This is possible because gluten damages that part of the body which stores over seventy percent of the immune system: the small intestine. Therefore, eating gluten affects the sinuses, eyes, mouth, respiratory tract, urinary tract and digestive tract. This, in turn, can cause a person to be afflicted with frequent colds, eye infections, sinus infections, urinary tract infections, gut infections and the flu.
Sometimes, autoimmune disorders are caused by gluten sensitivity, because, once the immune system has been damaged by gluten, it can then turn around and begin damaging its own tissues and organs. This case is not as common as the other symptoms mentioned above, but, if you have an autoimmune disorder, it is very likely that you have gluten intolerance. Fortunately, a complete adaptation of the gluten-free diet can effectively cure this disorder in as little as three weeks.
Another little-known fact regarding this disease is, that gluten intolerance can cause infertility in both men and women. Those who have unexplained infertility or women who are troubled with frequent miscarriages are among the most common cases of gluten intolerance. It is greatly recommended that a couple, who has had unusual infertility, follow a strict gluten-free diet while attempting to get pregnant and throughout the whole pregnancy to ensure a successful birth.
One other sign to having gluten intolerance is when a person suffers from nutritional deficiencies. Some of these include, Vitamin D deficiency, Vitamin B12 deficiency, magnesium deficiency and low blood calcium levels. These signs are quite vital, but instead of taking harmful drugs or antibiotics, the simple solution is to try going on a gluten-free diet. Most of these deficiencies are caused by gluten intolerance, even if your doctor does not say so.
There is certainly a vast and varied number of symptoms for gluten intolerance. It can be very difficult to pinpoint one particular sign of being intolerant to gluten. However, if you are troubled with one or more of the above symptoms, there is a very good chance that gluten is the cause of your health issues.
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