10 signs you should take a break from eating gluten

Gluten can wreak havoc on our health without us realising. You may have heard of friends or family going on

Gluten can wreak havoc on our health without us realising.

You may have heard of friends or family going on a gluten-free diet, however it isn’t just a fad – there’s a good reason why some people voluntarily give up gluten, and it’s often because of the way their body feels. Then there are a small percentage of people who do have to give up gluten because of a full-blown gluten intolerance, also known as celiac disease.

Gluten is the protein found in wheat and is our main source of fibre.

Don’t automatically assume having one or more of these symptoms means you have gluten-sensitivity, because other conditions may be the cause.

Here’s 10 of the most common signs that your body is having a reaction to gluten:

1. Irregular digestion

This is one of the most common signs that you have a gluten intolerance is that your digestive habits have changed. You may have noticed excessive gas, bloating or even constipation or diarrhoea.

2. Joint problems

Inflammation is a common cause of aching knees and other joints, and can be exacerbated by gluten as it is a known inflammatory.

3. Little red bumps

If you have noticed small red bumps, these are known as Keratosis Pilaris. They are caused by the body’s inability to properly absorb fatty acids and vitamin A and is caused by an over-exposure to gluten.

4. Severe tiredness

Have you been feeling a lot more tired than usual? If you feel like you’re living in a state of fog or tiredness where every decision seems to be difficult, this may be an indication that something isn’t quite right with your body’s ability to process gluten.

5. Migraines and/or headaches

Migraines and headaches don’t always mean a gluten intolerance but those who have been diagnosed with a gluten intolerance often report intense headaches and migraines due to the increase in inflammation in the nervous system.

6. Tooth decay

A gluten sensitivity can cause your teeth to decay more than usual.

7. Hormonal imbalance

Gluten intolerance can affect your hormones, especially oestrogen, and you may have experienced hot flashes, and weight loss or gain thanks to your body’s immune response.

8. Brain fog

Gluten intolerance can have negative effects on the brain such as dizziness, lack of focus, trouble balancing, and tingling sensations.

9. Mood swings

Have you been lashing out or even feeling quite low then high, it could be something related to your diet. Talk to your doctor.

10. Depression

This is different to mood swings in that you often feel flat or uncertain – it’s also a common symptom of people who eat a number of takeaway dishes, due to the mixture of calories and wheat.

What if I have some of these symptoms?

If you have any of these symptoms or a combination of a few, you should talk to your doctor about getting tested for celiac disease. With that said, even if that test comes back negative, you may still be allergic to gluten and simply have a non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Editor’s note: It is recommended that anyone experiencing several of these symptoms see their doctor before self-diagnosing. 

  1. Got antibodies attacking my thyroid. Been gluten free for a year now does help

  2. My son has been gluten free for four years due to wheat intolerance excercise induced anaphylaxis. Haven’t noticed any symptoms.

  3. Did YOU Guys Watch the ABC or SBS show on it………..(y) (y)
    Only 5% of people need “Gluten Free”

    IT is just ANOTHER “Nerd Group” – “Healthy Froods” FAD.
    First it was Rasberry Drinks for kids, then MSG at the Chinese, now Gluten.
    And ALL the other ones I have forgotten.
    How are the Fruit Whizzes going …………(y)

    If there is Something Missing? in “Your Life”…….. then “Get on Board” with a Gluten Free Diet.

    And Like Permeate Milk, NO ONE Really knows what it is
    ….:( 🙁

    • For people like my sister, who has coeliac disease, it is very real, and eating gluten causes severe illness ( and, if gluten is eaten, may lead to bowel cancer), so it is a real issue.

    • YES YES, That is what they EXPLAINED on the Program.
      It is dangerious for about 5% of the Population.

      Did I say otherwise above…………..(y) (y)

    • Wayne Womersley, I did not direct my reply to you personally. Rather, it was an observation, as there is a widespread misunderstanding of the issues faced by coeliacs
      Unless you, or a family member suffers from this condition, you can have no idea of the struggle sufferers go through, with a lack of understanding from people. So many people assume that the person on a gluten free diet is “making a fuss” or just jumping on the bandwagon. I would never presume to judge someone who needs or wishes to follow dietary restrictions. I, and most of my family have many allergies, so it is essential to be extremely careful with food choices

    • Diane  

      Oh oh here we go, gluten free on things that have no wheat, like rice, fish and other things. Fad thing for most, some guru said so we all suffer. Time to go back to Mums who let kids be kids and mix in the dirt to build imunitys as we are ment to. Stop the helicopter parents.

    • Margie  

      I am allergic to MSG causes severe wheezing, so some of these are genuine unfortunately.

  4. As a person with coeliac disease I recognise most of these symptoms. It is very real!

  5. It’s a serious problem for some but there are the hypochondriac’s that can’t help themselves and are a pain in the arse. I believe there has been a scientific breakthrough that will be of significant interest to those who suffer.

  6. I was diagnosed with gluten, wheat and fat intolerance, I am not a full coeliac, but get a lot of the systems. I am 65 and only found out when I was 60 after having surgery. I have been lucky enough to be recommended to a nutrition solutions person, who has given me back my dignity because when your out you do not know when it is going to hit you. I know what I can’t and can eat, my family have no problems with my change and are right behind me.

  7. Anonymous  

    No, I won’t be reducing the amount of gluten I eat because I’m not a coeliac nor gluten-intolerant. While I don’t eat a lot of bread, I do enjoy a freshly baked artisan loaf occasionally.

    • Chari Prats  

      My comment was not intended to offend, Sharon. Was just answering the question in the post. If I have offended you, please accept my sincere apologies.

  8. White flour bread really upsets me, as does cows milk….bloating is one of the things it does to me, so I eat gluten free or wholemeal sourdough bread…almond milk…or lactose free milk….& some foods I can’t eat….

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