It took me many years to know about Gluten Intolerance, 2 weeks of observation to determine that I have it and a LOT of effort to accept my sensitivity. And while I dealt with lack of information & conviction, I kept adding to a crappy body, skin allergy and mood-swings. When you have been believing that you are OK and then suddenly discover allergies/diseases that no one else in the family has or has had, your mind is in denial. Mine was. In that denial I embraced suffering as a daily thing and today I wish I could go back in time, tell myself I was being an idiot and start treament earlier to save myself from wasting golden years in vain.
According to statistics, a staggering 10-15% of population suffers from some sort of gluten allergy and about 95-98% of those suffering do not suspect they have it! Many put up with Gluten Intolerance for as long as 6-10 years before they are diagonised! And these are only scary.
There’s a good chance that you or someone around you is suffering from Gluten Intolerance. I am going to try to help those who are confused why their body is behaving so trashy.
What is Gluten?
The Wheatcrop consists of two nutritions:-
2) Proteins. These further classified into three forms:-
a) Gliadin b) Glutenin
Gliadin & Glutenin further form the Gluten protein.
What is Gluten Intolerance?
The inability of the body to digest the Gluten protein results in Gluten Intolerance. It is not a disease but a strong allergy which can lead to more severe diseases if left untreated.
What are the symptoms of Gluten Intolerance?
There are many symptoms that can help you determine.
1) Keratosis Pilaris or Chicken Skin. I developed many patches of red, bumpy skin all over my body which itch a lot. However, avoid scratching as it may spread.
2) Digestive disorder. Right after having a wheat meal, I felt discomfort and bloating. Excess gas passing is also a sign of old gluten that is still stuck inside your body. You may suffer Diarrhea or constipation. PS: Avoid fizzy antacids as they hamper with your body’s natural system.
3)Migraines. I did not suffer from the long migraines but I suffered from Ice-pick headaches which are another kind of migraine that last 5-10 seconds on average and feel like an icicle being stabbed into your head. I always have had mild ice-picks 1-2 times a month but as Gluten Intolerance sat untreated, I suffered 8-10 severe ice-pick headaches per day which went up to lasting 30-60 secs.
4) Pain, inflammation or swelling in joints. My doc took it as a deficiency of calcium & Vit-D. While it could be so, if you don’t have other symptoms.
5) Hormonal Imbalance. PMS, Infertility etc.
6) Foggy mind. Except for a couple of hours after my meditation sessions, I lived with a dull, foggy mind for the rest of the day. You know when productivity is low and the day seems to just fly by in haze.
7) Fatigue. Oh, I always felt tired. Even an hour after waking up, I could hardly ever muster my full energy. More like Chronic Fatigue.
8) Dizziness or feeling off balance. Never felt dizzy in my 26 years and then last 4 years, dizziness became common.
9) Mood swings, anxiety, depression and aloofness. If you continuously feel these without any true cause.
10) Autoimmune Diseases. I developed Psoriasis, but it could be any autoimmune disease.
I have many but not all of these symptoms, how do I determine if I am Gluten Intolerant?
Once you are curious, maintain a food diary for atleast 2 weeks. You put in everything you eat, see and feel into the notebook along with time. If you notice these symptoms getting stronger after consuming wheat, take 1 week off wheat and observe the symptoms again. If they are reduced in frequency or intensity, go see a doctor.
If you go to see a doctor before keeping a diary, the doctor will most likely suggest you the same. 🙂
Many people may confuse Gluten Intolerance with Celiac disease or Wheat allergy. I will discuss this in another post. Also keep tuned in for Living well with Gluten Intolerance! Thank you for reading.