Even though most of us consider gluten sensitivity a joke and a hipster fad, the truth is that wheat, and this wheat protein, are one of the top 8 food allergens in the United States. An allergic reaction to wheat is an immune response to any of the proteins present in wheat, and it is not limited to gluten only. This type of allergies is the most common in children, and it is estimated that more than two thirds of the children affected with the allergy will outgrow it, and gain tolerance to wheat by the age of 12.
Gluten intolerance is sometimes tough to notice, as it exhibits symptoms commonly associated with indigestion and common cold. Here’s what you should be on the lookout for:
If you’re feeling swollen or full of gas after consuming some form of wheat you might have a gluten, or wheat allergy. Even though this symptom can be an indication of plenty of other issues, the most common cause is some type of a negative reaction to food.
- Abdominal pain
Another common symptom that can have numerous explanations, abdominal pain is the most common symptom of intolerance to gluten. The only way to find out if gluten intolerance is the underlying cause of your stomach ache is to get tested at your doctor’s office.
Experiencing headaches and/or migraines is one of the most common complaints of those who are affected by gluten intolerance. If you notice you get headaches every time you eat bread or pasta, this is a clear sign of wheat allergy.
Feeling tired is very common and usually not linked to any disease. However, if you constantly feel very tired, then you should explore the possibility of an underlying cause. Gluten-intolerant individuals are very prone to fatigue and tiredness, especially after eating foods that contain gluten. Studies have shown that 60–82% of gluten-intolerant individuals commonly experience tiredness and fatigue. Furthermore, gluten intolerance can also cause iron-deficiency anemia, which in turn will cause more tiredness and lack of energy.
- Skin issues
Gluten intolerance is also known to affect the skin. It can manifest in form of dermatitis, psoriasis, alopecia, or chronic urticaria.
- Depression and anxiety
Research now confirms that Celiac disease and gluten intolerance are linked to depression, anxiety and mood disorders. Once gluten is removed from the diet in the gluten sensitive, depression and anxiety can actually be resolved. Symptoms of anxiety often go hand in hand with depression which makes it very hard to relax and think clearly. Some may experience sensations of panic, loss of control, heart racing, chest pains, trouble breathing or feelings of passing out. Anxiety attacks can even mimic heart attacks so it’s important to be aware of the distinction.