The gluten-free allergy is the next epidemic. As this new allergy or epidemic is on the rise, people need to be aware of the common signs and symptoms that occur when consuming gluten. Most doctors seem to be familiar with celiac disease and digestive problems, but a lot of doctors aren't quite familiar with a lot of the other symptoms and signs, especially non-digestive symptoms that can be warranted by gluten. For those that aren't familiar, celiac disease is a digestive and autoimmune disorder that results in damage to the small intestine when foods that carry gluten are consumed.
It has been estimated that roughly 18 million people are affected by the gluten allergy; however, there is still a gigantic number of people walking around with the gluten allergy and have no idea they have it. After speaking with numerous doctors, they suspect that one in every two people carry a gluten allergy.
Since the gluten allergy has really just made it's way into the medical practice, this leaves a lot of unasnwered questions in everyone's dialogue. According to doctors at Medical Practice Insider, "it can take an average of seventeen years for new discoveries in medicine to actually make its way into formal education." The majority of doctors believe we are just actually scratching the surface when grasping and understanding how gluten is affecting our bodies, inside and out.
Below, I'm going to touch on the top five non-digestive gluten allergy warnings signs so you can have a better sense on how to properly be diagnosed if you are experienceing any of these signs or symptoms.
Non-Digestive Gluten Sensitivity Signs And Gluten Symptoms:
1.) Migraines And Headaches
As many are aware, food allergies are widely known to cause severe headaches or migraines. Gluten allergy tends to be no different as a recent study from the US National Library of Medicine reported that: "56% of humans who suffered from migraines actually had a trace of the gluten allergy." After cutting out gluten from their diets, migraines disappeared.
2.) Skin Rashes
It's not surprising that skin rashes will appear if you eat gluten, and have the gluten allergy. These are inflammatory conditions of the skin and a sign of the inflammation occuring inside of your body.
3.) Joint Pain
Joint pain is common since the human body will rush the gluten, which in return forms complexes that can settle in the bodies joints, which will cause inflammation, pain and swelling.
4.) Bipolar Depression
Gluten tends to interfere with your bodies capability to ingest key nutrients like zinc, iron, vitamins B and D, and numerous omega fatty acids. These vitamins and minerals are key for your brain, as well as your bodies health to function on a normal, healthy level.
5.) Blurred Thoughts
Gluten is known to attack certain parts of the human brain, which causes inflammation in the brain. This can often lead to blurry thoughts or a "cloudy" brain.
If you are experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, contact a medical doctor immediately to get the proper blood work done, to test for gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. These signs or symptoms can end up putting you in the hospital if avoided or not treated properly.
If you tend to feel better by cutting gluten out, or worse when you add it back into your daily diet, then chances are you have a gluten sensitivity and should completely remove it from your diet.