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6. Keratosis Pilaris
This is a skin issue where you see very small raised bumps. They don’t itch, nor is there pain, however you might find large patches of them anywhere on the body. This is caused by the body’s inability to absorb vitamin A and other fatty acids.
The bumps themselves are harmless, however, the problems caused by long term exposure to gluten cause serious damage to the intestines because they are being deprived of these nutrients.
7. Migraine Headaches
A research project done in 2001 noted that subjects who ingested gluten had more episodes of intense headaches and migraine headaches than those whose diet was gluten free. Severe inflammation of the nervous system was shown in a subsequent MRI, probably the result of a bad reaction to gluten in the diet.
8. Neurological Problems
Feelings of vertigo, dizziness, or a poor sense of balance are all signals of a possible inflammation of the nervous system. Many people also report a tingling, numbness, or weakness in the extremities. These are all signs of gluten intolerance and the response of your immune system to the problem.
9. Autoimmune Issues
If you have been told you have one of the following conditions: lupus, multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, scleroderma, or rheumatoid arthritis, you might find relief by cutting gluten out of your food.
10. Hormone Imbalance
Unexplained infertility problems, PMS, PCOS, or irregular periods are often related to an intolerance of gluten.
The best test for gluten intolerance isn’t from your doctor, because they actually don’t have one. Remove all sources of gluten from your diet for 2-3 weeks and see if your symptoms improve, then reintroduce gluten. If your symptoms return, or worsen, gluten is the most likely culprit.
May 16, 2014 at 3:22 pm
Thank God for articles like this that raise awareness of this problem. All of my life I have had digestive issues, stomach pain, excessive gas, diarrhea etc. Once I was in my teens I started getting migraines. In my 30’s I started getting joint pain, swelling, and numbness in my extremities. My fiancee suggested gluten as a culprit. I told her it was a fad, but decided what could it hurt.
I am proud to say that after a year on a GF diet that I have NONE of the above symptoms. Over the past year I have occasionally reintroduced, intentionally and inadvertently, gluten back into my diet and within a day the symptoms come back. I have learned what to avoid and what to eat, and I try to avoid cross-contaminated foods which is the big challenge. Good luck to anyone else who tries this. Its hard, but it can be done and the difference it can make in your life is extraordinary.
May 27, 2014 at 8:42 pm
Have health issues,overweight ? I did also but, not anymore ! Ask me how ?