When it comes to gluten intolerance, most people think of digestive symptoms. Bloating, weight gain, constipation, diarrhoea and good old flatulence often top the list. And while these are all very common symptoms of gluten intolerance, they are not the only ones to watch out for. Gluten intolerance is an insidious thing sometimes – it can creep up on you and affect your entire wellbeing, not just your digestion.
Low energy levels
If I eat gluten, I usually know about it 30-60 minutes later… I go from being all bright and chirpy to… zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz… For others it can manifest as a more generalized fatigue throughout the day, or if left untreated over the long term, it can be a major factor in chronic fatigue.
Similar to fatigue, but with this symptom, energy levels may be ok, but it’s like your brain has checked out for the day – the lights are on but there’s no one home! Vagueness, forgetfulness, and a foggy, mind numbing feeling that no amount of caffeine can shift… Yep – you guessed it – it could be gluten related (which means it could be easily fixed!!!).
When we eat foods that we are intolerant to, it can cause inflammation in the body. Joint pain is one of the most common inflammatory conditions. In particular, rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune condition) often responds well to a gluten free diet (along with some alkalising greens and anti-inflammatory herbs), but even generalized joint and muscle pain have been known to improve after going gluten free.
Ever had ringing or buzzing in your ears that just won’t quit? That’s tinnitus, and it drives people mad! It can sound like a mosquito buzzing constantly near your ear, a high pitched beeeeeeeeeeep, a whooshing sound, or even a dull roar. I used to suffer from it myself – I always thought I’d have it forever because I wrongly assumed it was the legacy of being a nightclub DJ (one of my many talents from my youth!), but it magically went away after switching to a gluten free diet and taking a whole lot of magnesium supplements.
Of course, gluten intolerance is not the only cause of these symptoms. If you suspect you have a food intolerance or if you have any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to get a health coaching session to learn about foods to eat, foods to avoid, and what sort of testing is available to pinpoint your problem foods.
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