Gluten is the protein found in wheat, rye, spelt, kamut and barley.
If you have any of the following symptoms, it could be a sign that you have gluten intolerance.
1. Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhoea, and constipation.
2. Keratosis Pilaris, ( also known as “chicken skin on the back of your arms.”
3. Fatigue, brain fog or feeling tired after eating a meal that contains gluten.
4. Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma and Multiple Sclerosis.
5. Neurologic symptoms such as dizziness or feeling of being off balance.
6. Hormone imbalances such as PMS, PCOS or unexplained infertility.
7. Migraine headaches.
8. Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia.
9. Inflammation, swelling or pain in your joints, such as fingers, knees, or hips.
10. Mood issues such as anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADD.
How to test for gluten intolerance?
The single best way to determine if you have an issue with gluten is to do an elimination diet for at least 2-3 weeks and then reintroduce it. Please note that gluten is a very large protein and it can take months and even years to clear from your system so the longer you can eliminate it from your diet before reintroducing it, the better.
In order to get accurate results from this testing method, you must eliminate 100% of the gluten from your diet. Even trace amount of gluten from cross contamination or medications or supplements can be enough to cause an immune reaction in your body.