Gluten allergies are becoming more and more popular.  When I was little I had a best friend with a Celiac’s Disease and she was unable to eat any gluten because it was not as popular as it is today.

Some people have such a hard time with gluten allergies because everything we eat has some traces of gluten.  The problem is that it sometimes takes hours or even days for these symptoms to go away.  If you are not attuned to your body, you may not even realize that you are having any symptoms of a gluten allergy.

About 1% of the population is allergic to gluten.   If you are gluten intolerant or have an allergy to it, you can be damaging the cells of your body and inhibiting the absorption of vitamins and minerals, autoimmune deficiencies and gastrointestinal discomfort

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Many people who are gluten sensitive or intolerant are nutrient deficient and can be underweight since the body does not have all it needs

Gluten can also promote over eating behaviors.  Gluten releases exorphins, which has a drug like effect on your brain, which urges you to eat and crave more food; gluten intolerant people have been termed as overeaters.

There are a number of symptoms that gluten can trigger but the very common ones are bloating, access gas, rash or upset stomach.  Here are some other symptoms:

▪   Upper repository tract problems (sustains, glue ear)
▪   Fatigue
▪   Brain fog
▪   Absentmindedness / chronic forgetfulness
▪   Headache
▪   Chronic fatigue syndrome
▪   Insomnia
▪   Mouth ulcers
▪   Anaemia
▪   Iron-deficiency anaemia
▪   Osteoporosis
▪   Weight loss
▪   Short stature in children
▪   Diarrhoea
▪   Constipation
▪   Abdominal bloating
▪   Crohn’s disease
▪   Diverticulitis
▪   Depression
▪   Attention deficit and behavioral problems (in children and adults)
▪   Autism
▪   Skin problems
▪   Keratosis pilaris
▪   Asthma
▪   Irritability
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Someone with a gluten allergy may not experience all of these symptoms, and one can alternate between symptoms (i.e. alternate between being constipated or having diarrhea).

How do you test for gluten intolerance symptoms? There are many tests that can be done to see if you are gluten sensitive or gluten intolerant.  You can speak to your family doctor and find out more information on where you can get these tests done in your area.

If you do find out you are gluten sensitive or intolerant, you need to beware of some other things that can lead to weight gain.  Due to all of the gluten substitutes, a lot of gluten free food has many sweeteners or added fats to enhance the flavor of the food so you need to be very careful.  Be mindful of what you eat, and how it may affect you.

The key to all of this is that you need to be attuned to your body.  Pay attention to how you feel after you eat, and about 1-2 hours after you eat.  It is also helpful to keep a food diary to keep track of what you are eating and how you feel.  The diary will help you identify what foods are making you feel uncomfortable.

Once you do go gluten free, it can be pretty easy due to all of the varieties of gluten free products available now.  Although it may seem difficult at first, the trade off is living a life free of bloating, constipation or overall discomfort.

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