Recently, there has been a health trend in the media that has given awareness to reactions to gluten and grains in general. Many people have realized that their chronic fatigue and health issues actually surround a hidden allergy called celiac disease. But sometimes, you don’t need to have celiac disease to have a reaction to gluten and this is called an intolerance. Here, we will discuss gluten intolerance symptoms adults and children have and some natural treatments that can cure the reactions altogether without any side effects.
Gluten Intolerance Symptoms Adults Will Have
Nutrition experts estimate that around 15% percent of the United States population is intolerant to gluten. This means that there is a good chance that you could be one of them if you suspect it. (1)
Some gluten intolerance symptoms adults will have include:
- Fatigue after eating a meal that contains gluten.
- Brain fog or a worn-out feeling after eating a meal with gluten
- Digestive problems like constipation, gas and bloating. This symptom is a huge issue for children that have this intolerance.
- Inflammation of swelling of the joints.
- Migraines and horrible headaches
- Hormone imbalances
- Neurological symptoms
- A feeling of being unbalanced
- Medical professionals suspect an autoimmune disease
- Skin problems like acne, eczema, dry skin, and keratosis pelaris
- Mood problems like anxiety, depression and ADD
- Malnutrition due to poor absorption of minerals
- Fatty acid deficiency
- Other allergy symptoms similar to reactions to pollen
Symptoms are not usually severe, and that is why they are sometimes unnoticeable. Sometimes you may disregard the symptoms and associate them with eating anything.
Damage and inflammation caused by gluten intolerance can cause malnourishment, which can cause cravings for unhealthy food, sugar, salt, and drugs.
You may likely start to rely on stimulants like caffeine, sugar, and nicotine to stay motivated to get through the day. This may lead to addiction problems as well and further exacerbate the problem. (2)
Gluten Intolerance Symptoms Women Will Have
Gluten intolerance is more common in women than men. Since this condition is harmful to your endocrine system and hormones, women are particularly affected.
This food sensitivity is an under-recognized cause of female hormone imbalance that affects many women. What these women are actually intolerant to is the compound in gluten grains called gliadin, which causes all the symptoms. (3)
Foods that cause gluten intolerance symptoms women get particularly include wheat, rye, barley, and oats.
Much research has established a clear connection between gluten intolerance in women and increased levels of estrogen and progesterone. For women going through menopause, gluten intolerance can make it a huge problem. (4)
During menopause, ovarian output of sex hormones will drop and become imbalance in the presence of gliadin. This will lead to unstable blood sugar levels and inflammation of the digestive system, which will dramatically increase cortisol, the stress hormone.
In turn, this will increase body fat, fatigue and mood problems. If you are intolerant to gluten and eat it chronically, you may be reliant on cortisol for energy, but it may burn out easily and create a condition called “adrenal fatigue,” which is a reliance on stress hormone for motivation. This is highly damaging to many aspects of your health.
If you experience gluten intolerance symptoms women have, you can suspect to have a sensitivity or pre-celiac disease.
Symptoms Gluten Sensitivity Will Give Babies and Young Children
Symptoms of celiac disease and gluten intolerance can appear as early as six months of age, right after you start introducing solid foods into their diet. Parents are usually comfortable with giving their young children bread because it is soft and easy to chew while being hard to choke on.
Some symptoms gluten sensitivity will cause in children include:
- Eczema and dry skin around the mouth or anywhere on the body.
- Severe agitation and mood swings.
- Excessive crying and need for attention
- Unexplained shortness or delayed puberty
- Complaining of pain in joints
- Headaches or migraines
- Unusual fatigue
- Digestive problems like constipation or diarrhea
- Malnutrition or anemia
In children, gluten intolerance can be mild to severe. It may manifest as a simple complaint or an underlying symptom that affects the child’s behavior. A doctor can test for gluten sensitivity and make a recommendation for you.
They will likely tell you to avoid gluten products.
Sources of Gluten
The best way to treat gluten intolerance naturally is to first avoid all food products that contain gluten. This is the first step to treating the root cause of the reactions in the first place. After you get the allergen out of your system, you can begin healing your immune system so that maybe it won’t react harshly to gluten in the future.
Some people simply need to heal their digestive system to get rid of intolerances. When you eat these foods, your digestive system will be damaged by inflammation and cause conditions like leaky gut syndrome, which cuts holes in your intestinal lining and allows undigested matter to seep into your blood stream. The material can go unfiltered and damage any organ or tissue, including the sensitive brain.
Grain sources of gluten include:
- Wheat and all products from wheat
- Brewer’s yeast
- Wheat starch
Prepared food products that contain gluten:
- Breads, pastas, noodles
- Crackers, cereal and granola
- Baked goods and pastries
Can Children or adults with gluten Intolerance reverse their condition?
It is possible to cure your gluten intolerance. Unless you have a full-blown allergy to gluten or grains, it is likely that you will be able to eat gluten again in the future. You simply need to incorporate healing foods in your diet, focusing on digestive health.
When you have been eating something you are intolerant to for so long, you worsen your leaky gut syndrome. You can heal your gut by avoiding all gluten products for a short time and incorporating probiotic foods like fermented products and supplements. Prebiotic fiber is also important for natural growth of probiotics in the intestines. (5)
Probiotic flora is extremely important for optimal health if you didn’t know. Supplementing with it may dramatically heal your malnutrition and digestive problems.
Foods that are abundant in healthy probiotic cultures are yogurt, kombucha, and fermented vegetables.
Bone broth that contains gelatin can heal your digestive system damaged by leaky gut. It contains all the essential nutrients that your intestines need to seal itself and heal the villi that absorb all nutrients
Is it Hard to go Gluten Free?
It’s not difficult to eat gluten free at all! In fact, you will get very used to it and grow an aversion to gluten products because that’s what should happen in nature.
When you crave gluten products, you are actually craving the high you get from cortisol released as a product of inflammation from the damage done by gluten.
If you start to get rid of this addiction, you can heal your neurological symptoms and feel great every day when you wake up in the morning.
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