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11 Signs That You Are Gluten Intolerant

Gluten has become a popular buzzword in the nutrition world, mostly misperceived as the "bad guy" and blamed for various health conditions. Identify if you may benefit from a gluten-free diet with these 11 signs that you are gluten intolerant.


Gluten has become a popular buzzword in the nutrition world, mostly misperceived as the "bad guy" and blame for various health conditions. And though eliminating gluten is not always necessary as anticipated, individuals with gluten intolerance can certainly gain health advantages from its removal. Identify if you may benefit from a gluten-free diet with these 11 signs that you are gluten intolerant.

What is Gluten Intolerance?

Also known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), a gluten intolerance or sensitivity is an adverse reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Though oats do not naturally contain gluten, they are usually associated as a gluten-containing food item, as oats are commonly manufactured with gluten-containing grains and easily become contaminated.

Gluten intolerance is a condition that is devised after celiac disease and a wheat allergy are ruled out from the diagnosis tree. Though NCGS is less severe than both celiac disease and a wheat allergy, the signs and symptoms of gluten intolerance are still nonetheless uncomfortable. Do you or someone you know experience the following symptoms of gluten intolerance?

Gluten Intolerance Symptoms
1. Abdominal bloating and pain
2. Diarrhea
3. Mouth ulcers
4. Gas (flatulence)
5. Nausea and vomiting
6. Fat in the stool (steatorrhea)
7. Weight loss
8. Skin rashes
9. Joint pain
10. Burning sensation in the chest
11. Feelings of anxiety

What Now?

Gluten intolerance is generally self-diagnosable. However, it is still important to schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider if the symptoms are prominent. The professional will aim in determining whether or not celiac disease or a wheat allergy are present, exceptionally imperative related to their potential severity. If each are ruled out, a gluten intolerance or sensitivity will more than likely be diagnosed or suggested. The only known treatment is a gluten-free diet.

Although you may feel motivated to tackle a gluten-free diet on your own, consulting with a healthcare professional can be a health safety net. A dietitian, an expert in diet and nutrition, will assist in gluten-free menu development. Each meal is nutritionally balanced to reduce associated deficiencies commonly witnessed when eliminating gluten from the diet. They can also assist in how to recognize gluten-free products at the grocery store and what foods may contain hidden gluten.

If desiring further assistance in implementing a healthful, gluten-free diet, bistroMD is more than willing and devoted to help. bistroMD's diet delivery service is fast, convenient, and fully customizable. And not only are all meals nutritionally well-balanced and full of flavor, but gluten-free options are vastly available. Each program member also receives free support from a dietitian while bistroMD's Health Library features extensive gluten-free resources, accessible and free to all!

Written By Sydney Lappe, MS, RDN. Published on May 19, 2017. Updated on July 20, 2018.


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