If you have children, you know that they are not allowed to pack anything that has nuts in the lunch or snack bags that they bring to school. The reason why they are not allowed to pack anything with nuts is that a lot of children have allergies to nuts and some are so severe that they can cause an emergency hospital visit and even death.
In recent years, more and more people have bee realizing that they have an intolerance to gluten and it has become so common that a lot of foods will even be labeled “gluten free”, just in the same way that a lot of foods have to advise whether or not they have nuts in them.
More than 55 diseases have been linked to gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It’s estimated that 99% of the people who have either gluten intolerance or celiac disease are never diagnosed.
It is also estimated that as much as 15% of the US population is gluten intolerant. Could you be one of them?
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, diarrhea and even constipation. I see the constipation particularly in children after eating gluten.
2. Keratosis Pilaris, (also known as ‘chicken skin’ on the back of your arms). This tends be as a result of a fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A deficiency secondary to fat-malabsorption caused by gluten damaging the gut.
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 or Multiple sclerosis.
5. Neurologic symptoms such as dizziness or feeling of being off balance.