Gluten is something that has gained a lot of attention in recent years, mainly because many people have misguidedly sought to live a healthier lifestyle by eating a gluten-free diet. What’s important to understand, however, is that gluten, like anything else, when consumed in moderation, is not dangerous or unhealthy.
In fact, it is only dangerous and unhealthy for those who have a true gluten allergy or intolerance. Therefore, unless you have such a condition, there is no reason for you to embark upon a gluten-free diet.
With that said, however, there is a chance that you could have a true gluten allergy or intolerance. Thus, it’s important to know the signs of this condition so that you can alter your diet to exclude gluten-containing products.
Gastrointestinal Issues after Consuming Gluten
One of the major warning signs of a potential gluten allergy or intolerance is that you have gastrointestinal problems after consuming foods that contain gluten. These signs typically include some or all of the following:
If you find that you encounter these signs each time you consume gluten, it is wise to visit an allergy specialist for testing. Bear in mind that other conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, could be causing your issues, so your doctor should perform a range of tests to determine if gluten truly is the cause of your struggles.
There is a little known condition, which goes by the name of Keratosis Pilaris, that is typically one of the hallmarks of gluten intolerance or a gluten allergy.
This condition is also referred to, quite aptly, as “chicken skin” and most typically occurs on the back of the arms. Sufferers will develop rough patches and small bumps on the arms or on the thighs or buttocks. While these are the most common places for the condition to present itself, it can occur anywhere on the body.
Not all people who have this condition suffer from gluten intolerance. However, research has shown that many people who do have it are gluten intolerant and that the condition is likely caused by fatty acid and/or vitamin A deficiency that a gluten intolerant person can develop as a result of consuming gluten products.
Only a doctor can determine if you truly have Keratosis Pilaris and if it is caused by gluten consumption, but if you notice any strange occurrences on the skin, it is definitely wise to visit a doctor to determine the cause.
Finally, it’s important to listen to your body and what it’s trying to tell you. If you find that, after consuming gluten, you typically experience feelings of fatigue, depression, or a sort of “brain fog,” this could be a sign that your body is not tolerating gluten well and may have an allergy or, at the very least, a sensitivity to it.
With all of these signs, though, it’s important to note that they do not necessarily equate to gluten intolerance or a gluten allergy. The only way to know for sure if such an allergy is present is to visit with an allergy specialist for testing; however, this is something you definitely should do if you have experienced any of these signs.