When something in your body stops functioning the way it should, it sends you all kinds of hints to signal you should start taking action. Sometimes it’s hard to correctly identify and associate them to a certain health issue, and some other times you don’t even know they’re actual symptoms of an imbalance! In this article, I’ll present you five of the most overlooked symptoms of gluten intolerance and why it’s important to pay attention to them.
Why are people intolerant to this protein?
The substances that are responsible for nutrients to be absorbed into the bloodstream and further into the cells are called enzymes. When a certain enzyme lacks from your body, you become intolerant to the protein associated to it, simply because there is no other substance that can process it. Because 99% of the people who are intolerant or suffer from Celiac’s disease (a more advanced form that also affects the lining of the small intestine) remain undiagnosed, here are the five signs you should look for:
Five of the most overlooked symptoms of gluten intolerance
1. Digestive sensitivity – because digestion is influenced by many of your habits, it’s easy to mistake this symptom for any other disease.
The common hints include bloating, gas, and constipation or diarrhea, especially after eating a meal that contains gluten. If you have been actively monitoring your diet, but you still find it hard to have a regular digestion, then gluten might be responsible for it.
2. Migraines, brain fog and dizziness – an improper absorption of gluten brings along other nutritional deficiencies.
Because your body can’t process it, the alimentary bowl acts as an alien substance in your intestines, affecting the entire digestion as well.Therefore, the nutrients reach the bloodstream in smaller quantities. Because your brain is surrounded by a great number of capillaries that transport the nutrient-scarce blood and the toxins, you might end up with migraines and other similar issues.
3. Chronic fatigue – this symptom is also related to the nutritional deficiencies caused by a faulty digestion.
The B Vitamin complex is the main responsible for converting food into energy. Vitamin B12 (or Cobalamin) is particularly processed through the small intestine, and if the gluten residues block its absorption, it’s a common symptom to feel tired.
Because this is an auto-immune disease, it causes the inflammation level to rise throughout the entire body.
5. Hormonal imbalance – if not tracked down early enough, gluten intolerance can go as far causing infertility.
It affects your adrenal glands and increases the cortisol production, which puts even more stress on your body. If you present any of these symptoms, cut gluten out of your diet for at least two weeks and monitor the way you feel. Reintroduce it afterwards and check if the symptoms reappear. If so, then it means you need to completely give it up and have a health check to make sure there are no further complications.
Take care of your body and you will help it take care of you!