You experience abdominal pain
Does your stomach hurt? It is common to have abdominal pain, and there are many causes. That said, it’s the primary symptom of gluten intolerance. According to experts, around 4/5 of individuals with gluten intolerance, experience discomfort and abdominal pain after eating gluten.
Your stomach bloats
If your stomach swells up after eating, you suffer from bloating. Most people experience bloating at some point, but it’s also commonly experienced by individuals with gluten intolerance and sensitivity. If you regularly bloat, it’s worth looking into the other symptoms to see if they apply to you.
People with gluten intolerance and sensitivity, often experience nausea that’s frequent, persistent, and severe enough to make them feel like they may vomit. If you repeatedly feel nauseous, read on to see if you experience the other symptoms.
You get diarrhea
Gluten intolerance causes inflammation, irritation, and damage to the gut lining, in addition to poor nutrient absorption, resulting in digestive discomfort and diarrhea. Experiencing diarrhea too frequently is a major issue, potentially leading to dehydration, fatigue, and other health problems.
Leading to Celiac disease, a more severe form of gluten intolerance is associated with an increased risk of depression. Likely due to the social and financial burden of feeling ill, limited gluten-free menu options, and the fuss and expense of having to buy gluten-free food.
You experience joint pain
Does it hurt when you exercise, or move around? Surprisingly, gluten intolerance can cause severe joint pain. Individuals with gluten intolerance often describe it as a sudden stabbing, or a dull aching pain. If your joints are sore and you experience abdominal discomfort, you may well be gluten intolerant.
Other autoimmune disorders
The most severe form of gluten intolerance, celiac disease, is an autoimmune disease. In celiac disease, the immune system reacts to gluten like it’s a foreign invader and winds up attacking the body in the process, causing damage to the small intestine. According to experts, if you suffer from celiac disease then you’re more likely to develop other autoimmune diseases.
If you have less than three bowel movements per week, you suffer from constipation. Most gluten intolerant individuals experience diarrhea rather than constipation. If you have constipation alongside other gluten intolerance symptoms, then you may want to trial a gluten-free diet.
Brain fog is when you struggle to think clearly. According to experts, nearly half of individuals with gluten intolerance experience brain fog, but the reason why is unknown. That said, many people claim that they suffer from brain fog, could they too be reacting negatively to gluten?
Fatigue can severely affect your quality of life, making everything from work to your relationships harder to manage. Fatigue is a common symptom of celiac disease, and other autoimmune diseases, because they often cause chronic pain, sleep disturbances, and even psychological disorders like depression.