How Do You Know If You’re Gluten Intolerant?By Darren McDuffie
Do you know if you’re gluten intolerant? I had no idea I was until being diagnosed almost a year ago. The sad thing is once I was diagnosed I continued eating it. I didn’t realize the danger I was in by continuing to consume something that my body was sensitive to. I finally decided to give up bread and other products containing gluten after hearing Dr. William Davis talk about it on the Underground Wellness Show.
He talked about gluten and the effect it had on your health but more importantly he said he reversed his diabetes by going gluten free. I took it upon myself to go gluten free for 7 days and the results were nothing short of amazing.
I quit craving carbohydrates and manage to cure my arthritic knees which I thought were due to years of playing basketball. I was thoroughly convinced that I should go gluten free and I have been ever sense.
I thought I was just lucky but after viewing Dr. Davis’s Wheat Belly Blog and seeing all the testimonials, I can see I wasn’t the only lucky one.
If you’re reading this chances are you might suspect that you’re gluten intolerant but just how can you be sure?
How do you know if you’re gluten intolerant?
Your body will tell you if you’re gluten intolerant but you just have to listen and become a conscious eater. The way to do it is to check in with yourself after eating certain foods like bread which contain gluten.
If you get any of the following symptoms chances are you’re gluten intolerant:
- Weight Gain or Weight Loss – In some people who cannot tolerate gluten, there may be unexplained weight gain or weight loss. In some cases, it may be extremely difficult to lose weight. As a trainer, I work with women and one of first things I recommend if they are having a problem with shedding additional weight is to eliminate gluten from the diet.
- Aching Joints – I thought I had arthritis in my knees but because I was sensitive to gluten my body began attacking itself. This is what is called an autoimmune reaction and can lead to other diseases. If you want to know more about the arthritis- gluten connection click the link.
- Depression – With the amount of money currently spent on pharmaceutical drugs in this country, is the simple answer just eliminating gluten from the diet? Yes… a symptom of gluten intolerance is depression.
- Headaches – One of the symptoms of gluten intolerance can be frequent headaches or migraines.
- Eczema – Intolerance to gluten can show up as skin irritations or rashes. It can also worsen acne.
- Fatigue – My favorite foods use to be cookies and pizza but when I ate them, I got extremely tired. This was the first thing that tipped me off that something was really wrong.
- GI Problems – GastroIntestinal problems such as gas, bloating, and constipation. This is one of the first signs of the destruction of the immune system which is located in the gut.
- Thyroid Problems – Most thyroid problems occur in women and now there is a strong connection between gluten sensitivity and thyroid issues. Those who suffer from celiac disease may be predisposed to thyroid disease.
There are many other symptoms for those who are gluten intolerant including infertility.
The seriousness of continuing to consume gluten after being diagnosed with a sensitivity to it can be summed up in this quote by Dr. William Davis of the book Wheat Belly,
“Gluten is the component of wheat confidently linked with triggering destructive immune phenomena, whether expressed as celiac disease, cerebellar ataxia, or dementia”.
This means that it can have far reaching implications even into the brain. So, not only does it destroy the immune system located in the gut it also has the potential to reach the brain if left unchecked.
Gluten is a component of wheat which today isn’t processed as it was hundreds of years ago.
7 out of 10 people are sensitive or allergic to gluten and don’t even know it.
After years and years of overexposure to it, the body can become susceptible to serious autoimmune diseases. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms on a regular basis, you may want ask yourself, “Am I gluten intolerant?”
Do you suspect gluten intolerance might be causing you some problems? Let’s get the word out and get healthy by tweeting, stumbling, and liking this post.
Darren McDuffie is a fitness trainer and real food activist. In 2005, he lost his mother to breast cancer and although tragic it was a blessing in disguise. Through this tragedy, he used his inside information as a former pharmaceutical representative to expose the deceit of Big Food and Big Pharma.
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