By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings
Gluten free is getting so much buzz lately….Is it just a fad? Why is it such a big deal these days? Whether you go to the grocery store or out to eat Gluten Free (GF) is everywhere! So, who should be gluten free? How can anyone know whether or not they should even consider eating a gluten free diet? We are going to explore five signs that will help you decide if you should take a Gluten Intolerance Test.
Standard blood tests only check for TWO types of gluten’s (usually transglutaminase IgA and gliadin IgA). Our test checks for many more gluten components so a gluten intolerance is hard to miss! Testing positive for a gluten intolerance does not mean you have Celiac, you may have what is called a non Celiac gluten intolerance.
1.) Digestive Issues
If you are having digestive problems and have not changed your diet, a gluten intolerance may be the source of digestive problems. Gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomach pain, diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating could be your big clue to a real gluten intolerance.
2.) Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and depression are big shockers for most people! If you have been experiencing anxiety or depression, the culprit could be gluten. People have shared with us that they feel fine when they wake up and then as they finish breakfast (which usually consists of either a wheat or oat based cereal) their mood changes.
3.) Fatigue or Brain Fog
Believe it or not, gluten can make you feel quite drowsy after eating it and give you a sense of “spaciness” or the feeling of “the lights are on, but nobody is home.” It has been truly amazing how focused people become when they realize gluten is triggering their brain fog.
4.) Migraines and Headaches
Migraines and headaches are another very common sign of gluten intolerance. Weekly or even daily headaches are no fun at all. They can get in the way of the fun things you want to do in life, plus interfere with your daily responsibilities.
5.) Keratosis Pilaris and various skin conditions
Keratosis Pilaris often referred to as “chicken skin,” and is usually found on the back of arms or legs this too could be a sign of gluten intolerance. Acne, eczema, psoriasis and many skin challenges can be linked to the autoimmune aspect caused by a gluten intolerance.
The good news is that if you have these symptoms, you can take the next step by doing a simple Gluten Intolerance Test for confirmation. We know how easily these symptoms can be dismissed as nothing serious causing you to feel like “it is all in your head”, but it really could be all in your gut!
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Medical disclaimer: Our Gluten Intolerance Test kits and all tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.