Gluten is called a silent killer because it can cause chronic damage
throughout the body. Sometimes the patient isn’t even aware of the
consequences of gluten consumption.
So, it’s better to check if your body has a gluten intolerance.
1. Problems with the gastrointestinal tract
Symptoms are mainly associated with the intestines: nausea, bloating,
diarrhea, abdominal pain, and even constipation. People often associate
these symptoms with other diseases. And the patients are mistakenly
diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Studies confirm that
10-15% of the world population suffers from IBS. But this diagnosis can
lead to people with gluten sensitivity who don’t receive proper
treatment so the symptoms don’t disappear.
2. Unexplained weight changes
Gluten intolerance can lead to both weight loss and to weight gain for
no apparent reason. This happens due to inflammatory processes at the
cellular level and metabolic disorders. A sudden change in weight may
accompany other unpleasant diseases. But it can be related to gluten
intolerance if it’s accompanied by other symptoms of malabsorption.
3. Hormonal Imbalance
There is a direct relationship between gluten intolerance and hormonal
disorders which can occur as an irregular menstrual cycle, sudden weight
fluctuations, PMS, and sleep disorders. Hormonal failures caused by
gluten intolerance can be amplified many times during puberty,
pregnancy, and menopause. Keep in mind that these symptoms are mainly
recognized among women.
4. Problems with the central nervous system
Gluten increases inflammation and permeability of the intestine. As a
result, the symptoms of gluten sensitivity can include problems with
concentration, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and fatigue.
Some people with gluten intolerance experience irritability and feelings
that they easily lose their train of thought and have poor
According to information gathered from a study, people with gluten
intolerance are more prone to migraines than other people. The causes of
headaches can be very different. A person who is allergic to gluten can
experience a headache 30-60 minutes after eating.
5. Skin and nails problems
Hair keratosis and herpetiform dermatitis are 2 skin conditions directly related to gluten intolerance.
The symptoms include itchiness and rashes that can appear on your hands, torso, face, buttocks, elbows, and hairline.
Another symptom is weakened and brittle nails. Other skin irritations like mimic eczema can signal gluten-induced blockage.
Another disorder that may be associated with gluten intolerance is
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. ADHD can manifest in both
children and adults. People with this disorder have a short attention
span and problems with self-control. A gluten-free diet can help reduce
the symptoms of ADHD.
7. The poor condition of the teeth
In the case of gluten intolerance, absorption of the necessary elements
and minerals in the intestine is impaired. This also applies to calcium.
The result can be problems with the teeth and oral cavity:
hypersensitivity of the enamel, tooth decay, cavities, and ulcers of the
mucous cavity. If you take good care of your teeth, but still notice
some issues, the reason may be caused by your gluten consumption.
8. Iron deficiency anemia
Very often, Celiac disease is diagnosed because of iron deficiency
anemia. Its symptoms include reduced blood volume, fatigue, shortness of
breath, headaches, pallor of the skin, mucous membranes, and even
arthritis. Iron is poorly digestible since, with gluten intolerance,
there’s an impairment of iron absorption in the intestine.
9. Autoimmune diseases
Many people with autoimmune diseases have a history of gluten
intolerance. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease in which the immune
system attacks its own intestine cells after gluten enters it.
The problem is aggravated by the fact that this autoimmune disease
increases the risk of developing other autoimmune diseases, such as
autoimmune thyroiditis, autoimmune liver disease, Crohn’s disease,
diabetes, vitiligo, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.