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
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
Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and even constipation.
I see the constipation particularly in children after eating gluten.
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
3. Fatigue, brain fog or feeling tired after eating a meal that contains gluten.
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.
6. Hormone imbalances such as PMS, PCOS or unexplained infertility.
7. Migraine headaches.
Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. These diagnoses simply
indicate your conventional doctor cannot pin point the cause of your
fatigue or pain.
9. Inflammation, swelling or pain in your joints such as fingers, knees or hips.
10. Mood issues such as anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADD.
How to test for gluten intolerance?
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.
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