Before going ahead we should know what Gluten is?
Gluten is a kind of protein found in wheat, barley, rye and spelt. Most of the commonly used grain which has gluten is wheat. Gluten is further divided into two parts 1 is gluten-in and another is gliadin.
Gluten forms when the flour is mixed with water. The sticky contents in the flour are formed by gluten present in it. As the name suggest Glu-ten word is derived from its glu like texture.
Most of the people can tolerate gluten However it causes problems to people with certain health condition. Specially those who already suffer from Celiac Disease. But most of the people fail to understand if they are allergic to Gluten.
Some common Gluten allergy side effects are
Gluten allergy can let you have diarrhea, reflux, indigestion, abdominal cramps, gastrointestinal etc. These are commonly seen when you particularly suffer from Celiac allergy or non- celiac gluten allergy.
Are you worried of wearing dark tops and keeping your hair open because there is dandruff in your hair? Well It can be a consequence of gluten allergy. Chronic eczema on your scalp is a third form of Gluten allergy. To make out if this is happening to you due to gluten consumption then stop having gluten rich food for some days and if there is difference experienced by you then it can be Gluten allergy.
People with celiac allergy or non celiac gluten allergy are prone to various kind of skin rashes. One of the form of skin allergy is Dermatitis Herpetiformis or DH, it is severe form of skin rash where you often scratch your skin until its raw. Yes it is this severe. Every rash is not caused by gluten but if there are red bumps which are not vanishing no matter what you have done with them then please minus gluten from your diet for few weeks.
FATIGUE AND MIGRAINE
Headache is very common among people but people who are suffering from non celiac gluten allergy are specifically prone to migraine and chronic headache.
PINS AND NEEDLES
Your feet and hands fall asleep frequently but if you feel needles and pins in your arms and feet permanently than there is something to worry about. Some gluten allergic people even feel numbness in their legs, feet and arms as the nerve damage progresses. This happen to 1 out of 10 celiac gluten allergic people.
FOGGY BRAIN, MOOD SWINGS AND DEPRESSION
A sudden brain fog and no mental clarity after eating gluten diet is a sign of gluten allergy in you.
Hormonal imbalance such as PCOS, PMS and unexplained fertility can be the symptoms of gluten allergy.
HOW TO TEST GLUTEN INTOLERANCE
I have found the single best ways to determine if you have an issue with gluten is to do AN ELIMINATION DIET and take it out of your diet for at least 2 to 3 weeks and then reintroduce it. Please note that gluten is a very large protein and it can take months and even years to clear from your system so the longer you can eliminate it from your diet before reintroducing it, the better.
The best advice that I share with my patients is that if they feel significantly better off of gluten or feel worse when they reintroduce it, then gluten is likely a problem for them. In order to get accurate results from this testing method you must eliminate 100% of the gluten from your diet.