I’m from Seattle, Washington and I love rustic bread. But, just like any other bread, it has gluten in it. Do you know what’s gluten sensitivity? Gluten sensitivity or intolerance is a condition that causes a person to react after ingesting gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Many people are quite simply unaware that they are sensitive to gluten, and symptoms can persist for years without action.
These are the most common signs of gluten intolerance:
Skin and Nail Problems
Gluten has been linked to acne, psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis herpetiformis (DH). The most common skin symptoms, coming from gluten intolerance often includes: burning, redness, rashes, itchiness and even blistering. DH can be very dangerous condition. It’s a chronic disease of the skin marked by groups of watery, itchy blisters that may resemble pimples or blisters.
Exhaustion and Fatigue
A recent study has examined the purported correlation between fatigue/exhaustion and gluten intolerance, and the medical experts think that gluten intolerance parallels fatigue through inflammation and the de-allocation of the body’s energy reserves.
Abnormal function of the immune system
When a person is sensitive or intolerant to gluten – the antibodies have a counteracting effect on the immune system. Found primarily in the gastrointestinal tract and saliva, the antibodies are the body’s primary defense against colds, flus and other illnesses. Obviously, when these same antibodies counteract our immune system, we’re much more likely to contract such illnesses.
Joint and Muscle Aches
Joint pain and inflammation are common symptoms of gluten sensitivity. The inflammatory effects spurred on by gluten intolerance is the underlying reason for joint and muscle pain. A recent study reveals the relaion between the two diseases. The Arthritis Foundation has also published findings that link arthritis and joint pain with gluten sensitivity.
A recent study has found a relation between gluten sensitivity and “aphthous stomatitis” – a condition often associated with recurrent mouth ulcers and canker sores. You should also know that people who are sensitive to gluten usually have very low levels of calcium, which is a very important substance for healthy teeth.
Headaches and Migraines
Migraines are far more common in gluten-intolerant people that in the general population. A recent study has found that people who are gluten intolerant have greater chances to suffer from a migraine, compared to people who don’t have any problems with gluten.
Brain fog is one of the most surprising symptoms of gluten intolerance. Brain fog can be one of the more enigmatic symptoms, simply due to the fact that a number of things can cause it. A recent study has discovered abnormal reactivity to gluten in a class of antibodies known as immunoglobulin. It is believed that this reaction contributes to diminished cognitive performance.
Unexpected Weight Gain
The weight gain from gluten intolerance results from two things: first, malabsorption and gut permeability (two side-effects of gluten intolerance), and second, systemic inflammation, which is triggered by gluten. Gluten-intolerant individuals that eliminate gluten from their diet are often able to revert back to a healthy weight level.