There has been more awareness of celiac disease as each year passes, improving the quality of life for those with a gluten sensitivity. Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disorder that results in inflammation of the small intestine when gluten is ingested. Some foods that contain gluten, which is a mixture of proteins, are pasta, rye, barley, oats, granola, baked goods, and certain cereals. Since those symptoms overlap with other health issues, it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish what is causing what. That’s why we want to focus on those commonly ignored symptoms, seeing if being gluten-free is essential for your health.
1. Digestive and gastrointestinal issues
If you’re sensitive to gluten, you may experience bloating, gas, heartburn, stomach pain, constipation, or discomfort after eating (symptoms very similar to irritable bowel syndrome). It may also feel like your food is stuck or isn’t digesting properly.
2. Various aches and pains
If you often experience unexplained aches and pains, such as headaches, tingling or numbness in your hands and feet, or joint and muscle pain, you may be gluten-sensitive. Those symptoms usually disappear after being gluten-free for a few days.
3. Emotional challenges
Sometimes overlooked as signs of regular sensitivity (especially if you haven’t experienced any digestive or gastrointestinal issues), gluten can actually be the cause of depression, stress, and fatigue. If you want to test this one, eliminate gluten from your diet for the next few days to see if you feel more energized and less anxious.
4. Neurological issues
Gluten causes a number of neurological issues, including memory dysfunction and difficulty staying on task. It’s effect on the brain, spine, and nerves can also result in epilepsy, carpal tunnel syndrome, vertigo, peripheral neuropathy, and more. We at HealingRadius hope this information can act as your guide, or promote a moment of realization, that gluten sensitivity just may be the culprit to your ongoing health problems. And if you know of any more signs, please share them in the comment section below! We’d love to hear more about this disease and the different ways we can continue preventing and relieving symptoms.
Allyson Miller is a bookworm, history nerd and outdoor enthusiast who loves writing creative and informational content for SBT in Rock Hill, SC. Depending on the day, you can find her with her nose in historical documents, shopping for trendy exercise outfits or trying new cooking recipes. Allyson dreams that one day, engineers will figure out a way to build roller coasters sans the incline, ridding her of coasterphobia.