5 Signs That It May Be Time To Go Gluten Free
GLUTEN FREE EDUCATION
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Here is the BIG misconception with going gluten free. By swapping out all the items you love to consume on the daily with ones that boast that GLUTEN FREE logo on it, you will immediately start feeling better.
Unfortunately this isn’t always true. Maybe a little at first, but it won’t fix what you’re feeling right now… and I’m going to break it down for you so you can discover if what you are living with is in fact GLUTEN mayhem wreaking havoc in your gut or something more.
By the end of the article, you will be armed with a list of symptoms to research further to see if an elimination diet is right for you, or seeking further support and marching to your doctors with a request to explore your pain further!
#1 Digestive Issues related to Gluten Intolerance
Do you find yourself scouting out the bathroom every time you step foot in a store, even when you don’t need to go?
LEAKY GUT – This is when you have an unhealthy gut lining with large cracks or holes, allowing partially digested food, toxins, and bugs to penetrate the tissues beneath it. This may trigger inflammation and changes in the gut flora (normal bacteria) that could lead to problems within the digestive tract and beyond.
CONSTIPATION – This sometimes feels like the digesting of knives, which cause you to want to fall over in a fetal position praying you get through it. It’s kind of like child birth only, but only worse because there is no bundle of joy once you are finished .
#2 Skin Issue related to Gluten Intolerance
Do you find, no matter what moisturizer you lather on your skin, there are sections that remind you of alligator scales being? Mainly on the back of your arms, or even the backs of your knees.
You may have one of these two outcomes due to gluten:
Keratosis Pilaris – this is mainly due to a fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A deficiency secondary to fat-malabsorption caused by gluten damaging the gut.
Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) is a bumpy, itchy skin rash that is common in people with celiac disease. It’s itchy, it burns, and it can be found on your inner elbows and backs of your knees where the creases are from bending joints.
#3 Neurological Symptoms associated to gluten intolerance.
Any of these sound familiar?
BRAIN FOG – It’s horrible! It’s like being asleep with your eyes wide open. Forget trying to complete a task and even if you do, forget trying to complete it well. This can lead to fatigue, which leads to needing to nap multiple hours out of the day, leaving you frustrated and confused as to how to fix it.
FATIGUE – This is the worst when it comes to Gluten Intolerance or Celiac. It’s like a sleepiness you can’t escape. The only fix is to close those eyes and sleep it off. Most often this hits right after consuming a meal filled with Gluten.
HEADACHES – These can can sneak up and cause you to feel immobile and popping pills in hopes of relief that never comes.
MOOD SWINGS – Anxiety, depression, ADD are all well-known in the gluten-free world as a common gluten symptom. Don’t feel like your usual self? There is a good chance you ate eaten gluten or somehow get exposed through cross contamination.
#4 Physician Diagnosis Of One Of The Following Conditions Could Be Signs Of Gluten Intolerance
AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE – such as hashimotos thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, psoriasis, scleroderma or multiple sclerosis.
CHRONIC FATIGUE | FIBROMYALGIA – these diagnoses usually indicate your doctor cannot pin point the cause of your fatigue or pain. Typically with a gluten-free anti-inflammatory diet, you can decrease your pain quite a bit.
#5 Hormone Imbalance Symptoms Associated With Gluten Intolerance.
PMS | PCOS | ENDOMETRIOSIS | UNEXPLAINED INFERTILITY
When your hormones are out of whack, you are going to find other issues popping up because of this. Unfortunately, one of them is the inability to get pregnant or constantly dealing with issues in your lady parts If you have tried and tried for a little miracle, would highly encourage looking into an elimination diet.
Final Thoughts . . .
Okay, let me throw in a serious disclaimer right now, I am not a doctor. I am just a girl who, like you, that may finally realize that you are not crazy, and that there is something wrong or could be, and that there is a solution
For 20 years, my parents and myself were told that I just had gut issues, and that most if, not all of my pain, was in my HEAD! NOPE, you are not crazy when you protest that there is something wrong that you feel off, that you have a myriad of issues, and if you are fine on paper than you must live with it and celebrate the few good days you have and accept it.
BULLCRAP . . . I really want to say something else that starts with a Sh and ends with an IT because that is exactly what it is. NO, you don’t have to just live with the pain, you can try to eliminate the one thing that links all these horrible things together . . .
G L U T E N !
Kick it’s ass to the curb or in the garbage in the sense that it’s in our kitchen, bathrooms, and really all around us.
How To Test For Gluten Intolerance Or Celiacs?
Okay, so there is one of two ways.
Some gastrointestinal doctors will have you try an elimination diet to see if you “feel better”, but there is so much more to it than just eliminating foods because here is the thing. It could be months before you start feeling better.
And one slip up with cross. contamination that you are unaware of, could have you questioning if the elimination diet is all worth it or not in the first place. So without a definite answer you just give up all together.
Then there is also blood work you can do, and it will check the gluten protein levels in your system and indicate a positive or negative to a gluten allergy. But still, that isn’t 100% all the time.
I believe (and this is not professional medical advice, just personal experience) the #1 way to see if you are truly a Celiac living human, is to do a biopsy of your small intestine to see if there is any damage and evaluate if your villi is in fact harmed by those tiny wheat protein particles.
Can You Find Healing From Gluten Without The Extensive Diagnosis?
Diet is the only cure for a gluten intolerance and or Celiac diagnosis. There is no cure, no magic pill and there definitely isn’t a transplant you can do to enjoy those once ooohhhweee goooeeeyyy warm iced Krispie Kreme donuts.
Not that it’s good for you anyways but I get it.. trust me I do.
You can choose to take matters into your own hands and dive into the world of living a life that is GLUTEN FREE.
But give it time, it will not heal you over night. Just because you are now consuming food that lives in the gluten free world doesn’t mean you are producing nutrition for your body that is going to help it thrive.
Most gluten-free boxed products are processed and have no nutritional value causing you to become malnourished and pack on the pounds. Finding a diet that is whole foods and plant based is going to be your answer to heal your gut and truly start living a life that is gluten free.
That is not my intent, but trust me I get it because I have been there right where you are!
It’s a scary, confusing world to step into. Going gluten free doesn’t come with a handbook on what’s the best way to do it right.
There are a lot of articles out there, but what I have found is having a coach to support you through this transition makes it easier to digest the right way to go gluten free without overwhelm, and truly step into a body that is thriving and feeling it’s best.
Interested in seeing if what you are feeling is Gluten Intolerance and if what I offer will help you live a life free from gluten?
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