8 SIGNS THAT YOU MAY BE REACTING TO GLUTEN
1. Brain fog
Ever find it hard to think or feel foggy or clouded in your thinking. This is a common sign of food sensitivities or coeliac disease, particularly gluten. In sensitive people, gluten actually reduces blood flow to the brain and reduces available neurotransmitters in the brain.
2. Mood and motivation drops
Do you find that your mood and motivation suddenly drop throughout the day, often after eating? The neurotransmitters that can drop in the brain when you eat gluten include dopamine and serotonin which are both required to make you feel happy and motivated.
3. Skin problems
Eczema is commonly caused by gluten as is psoriasis, acne and dermatitis herpetiformis (itchy red-pink bumps, often on the arms). These skin conditions are often “mirror imaged” eg the same on both arms or both legs.
4. Mouth ulcers
Recurrent mouth ulcers or canker sores (splits on sides of mouth) are commonly caused by nutritional deficiencies driven by gluten sensitivity.
5. Lactose intolerance
Are you finding that you react to dairy (needing to run to the bathroom after drinking milk), maybe always or maybe it has just started to happen? Coeliac Disease destroys the villi and microvilli in the small intestine; they make the enzyme lactase which allows us to break down lactose. Starting to have lactose intolerance may be a sign you are developing Coeliac Disease.
6. Joint pain and inflammation
Gluten causes inflammation in the body; therefore joint pain and inflammation are common symptoms of gluten sensitivity.
Due to nutrient deficiencies, inflammation and immune responses caused by gluten, fatigue can be a very common symptom.
8. Broken bones
If you are more prone to breaking bones than usual, it can be a sign of Coeliac Disease, due to the severe nutrient deficiencies that can be caused by long standing untreated Coeliac Disease.
Note that all of the above symptoms can occur with or without any digestive symptoms. A lack of digestive symptoms does not rule out the chance of Coeliac Disease or Non Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity. You can find more information here:
If you suspect you may have Coeliac Disease, it is important to get your GP to test for it as soon as possible. The Nutritionists at Informed Health can help you to heal your gut and give you healthy gluten free recipes and a meal plan to ensure you get all the nutrients you need. Nutrition Station have a great range of tasty and healthy gluten free options.
Fiona Kane, Nutritionist, Informed Health Nutritional Wellbeing Centre