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The 10 Secret Signs You Might Be Gluten Intolerant
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.