Celiac disease or gluten intolerance occurs when the person cannot fully digest the gluten protein, which is found in wheat, rye, and cereals.
Gluten is mostly known as the silent killer because it can cause severe damage throughout the body without you noticing. Often, the patient is not even aware of the consequences of gluten consumption. For this reason, it is recommended that you go to a doctor and take the corresponding exams to find out if you have a gluten intolerance.
Symptoms of gluten sensitivity
The most common symptoms among people with gluten sensitivity are:
- Chronic fatigue
- Digestive problems: constipation, diarrhea, abdominal cramps or pain, bloating, gas …
- Fibromyalgia or muscle aches
- Hormonal problems
- Emotional ups and downs
- Vomiting or nausea
- Gastrointestinal disorders.
The symptoms of this are mainly associated with the intestines: nausea, some swelling, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and even constipation. Many times people associate these symptoms with other diseases and patients are mistakenly diagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome. But this type of diagnosis can lead to people with gluten sensitivity who do not receive the appropriate treatment so that the symptoms disappear.
- Unexplained weight changes
Gluten intolerance can lead to weight loss and weight gain for no reason, and this happens due to inflammatory processes at the cellular level and metabolic disorders. Some sudden change in weight may be accompanied by other unpleasant diseases, but it could be related to gluten intolerance if it is accompanied by other symptoms of malabsorption.
- Skin and nail problems
Hair keratosis and herpetiformis dermatitis are two skin conditions directly related to gluten intolerance. The symptoms of these symptoms are accompanied by itching and rashes that may appear on the hands, face, torso, elbows, and hairline. But, other symptoms you may experience are weak and brittle nails.
- A bad condition of the teeth.
When suffering from gluten sensitivity, the absorption of the necessary elements and minerals in the intestine is affected. This also applies to calcium, all this can lead to the following problems in the mouth: hypersensitivity of tooth enamel, tooth decay and ulcers in the mucous cavity. If you are taking good care of your teeth, but still notice some problems, the reason may be due to your consumption of gluten.
- iron-deficiency anemia
Many times, celiac disease is diagnosed due to iron deficiency anemia. Symptoms of this include reduced blood flow, shortness of breath, fatigue, headaches, pale skin, mucous membranes and even arthritis. Iron is very digestible since, with gluten intolerance, there is a deterioration of iron absorption in the intestine.
What foods do we find gluten in?
Although commonly found in grains, gluten is also used as a “filling” of many processed foods, condiments, aromas and products such as beer, candies, deli, sauces, broths, lipsticks, lip balms, etc. This is because malt, a substance widely used in candies, candies and drinks contain gluten.
The capsule lining of the supplements may also contain gluten, so it is important to carefully read all medicinal and non-medicinal labels.
How to treat gluten sensitivity?
First, get tested. The doctor will take a blood sample and check it for antibodies that are usually present in the blood of people with celiac disease. Just before the exam, you should include some gluten in your diet, as this will help avoid inaccurate results.
Eliminate gluten from your diet. It is contained in:
- Hard wheat
- Among other foods