By now you may have heard of a condition called gluten intolerance and be aware of some of the gastrointestinal problems it causes. The most recognizable symptoms of gluten intolerance include chronic flatulence, abdominal cramping, muscle cramps, and diarrhea.
However there are some symptoms of gluten intolerance you may have never heard of. If your lesser-known symptoms are related to gluten intolerance and you don’t know it, things are only going to get worse until you act.
Take a look at these 5 unusual gluten intolerance symptoms:
- Mental Health Problems
Mental health problems are a lesser-known symptom of undiagnosed gluten intolerance and it’s often completely missed by the psychiatric profession. If you’ve been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, or even schizophrenia, hidden gluten intolerance could be the cause.
Do you feel sick all the time? I was right where you are a little over ten years ago. If it wasn’t for an elimination diet, I would have never known that the chronic diarrhea, brain fog, muscle aches, yeast infections, mood swings, and anxiety were related to gluten intolerance.
Gluten was literally killing me.
This protein found in wheat, barley, and rye can do horrible things to your body and mind if you’re intolerant to it. That’s why, if you’re suffering from mystery symptoms you can’t explain, whether mental or physical, it is vitally important to do an elimination diet.
Why can’t you just do a blood test? Because, oftentimes, blood tests show false negatives, meaning you actually are intolerant to the food, the antibodies just aren’t showing up.
Celiac disease is an inherited, autoimmune disorder in which chronic failure to digest food is triggered by hypersensitivity of the small intestine to gluten. Gluten is a protein found in grains, which damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food.
People who have celiac disease may also be sensitive or allergic to products containing gluten such as beauty products, soap, vitamins, and medicine. Celiac disease, when left untreated may result in failure to thrive, difficulty maintaining life and a career, leaky gut (intestinal permeability), cancer and even death.
In the past five years or so, you may have heard about and seen more products being labeled ‘gluten free’. But what is gluten exactly and could it be connected to your child’s odd symptoms? Gluten intolerance in children is more common than you might think. Read on to learn the symptoms of gluten allergy in children and what you can do to help your son or daughter feel better again.
What is Gluten Intolerance?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and some oats. It is most commonly found in bread, pasta, cookies, pizza, and cakes. Some less-obvious sources of gluten include condiments, flavorings, spices and medications. Children with gluten intolerance are unable to digest the protein found in these common foods. When a child with gluten intolerance eats gluten-contaminated foods, the immune system attacks the gut, flattening the cilli in the intestinal tract, which leads to chronic inflammation and malabsorption of nutrients.