Gluten intolerance affects up to 15% of the current US population, although some medical doctors believe it is as much as 30-50% of the world population. While some people show antibodies in their blood indicating an immune system response to the presence of gluten, others merely show signs and symptoms of sensitivity and intolerance. While some people may show signs of gluten allergy and celiac disease, others will merely have any one or several from the following list of indicators. But first, a deeper look into gluten intolerance.
Why is gluten intolerance so widespread?
There are many theories about gluten intolerance. The main idea is that our digestive tracts are degenerating because of the vastly improper diet that many of us worldwide are now exposed to.
Fast foods and highly processed foods destroy our digestive integrity and wear away at the tissues that line our inner world – from teeth to stomach to small intestine to large intestine. Many people talk about this in terms of leaky gut syndrome. Another global concern is the degeneration of our soil, and subsequent depletion of its probiotic health-promoting micro-organisms and nutrients. Mass production of food grown in depleted soil, as well as genetic modification of crops and widespread over-use of antibiotics in our foods and in our bodies all render our systems incapable of optimal performance.
In her book Nourishing Traditions, Sallie Fallon discusses the importance of pre-soaking and sprouting our grains in order to digest them properly. How many of us know about these methods nowadays, let alone practice them? It is truly no wonder that up to 50% of the global population show signs of gluten intolerance.
Read on to find out the most common signs of gluten intolerance.
The 10 most common (and sometimes sneaky) signs of gluten intolerance are:
1 – Skin rash – Skin rashes are common and the source of them is often undiscernable. If your child breaks out in a rash within a few hours of gluten consumption, or within 24-36 hours after an increased gluten consumption, it may be a signal that his or her body is challenged by it. If the skin is red, peeling, or itchy, it often indicates eczema which is an indicator of food intolerance.
2 – Digestive issues, including gas, bloating, and constipation – The digestive tract is often the first indicator that the body is challenged. People who have difficulty breaking down the proteins in gluten will often show signs of gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation that improve greatly when gluten is eliminated from the diet.
3 – Keratosis Pilaris – Keratosis Pilaris is a result of fatty acid deficiency and Vitamin A deficiency. This often occurs due to malabsorption of fats, especially when gluten has damaged the digestive tract lining.
4 – Fatigue & brain fog – Unprocessed gluten essentially gums up your body and creates a gluey sticky residue in the digestive tract. When this occurs, it blocks the body’s mental and physical energy. Your kid’s body also expends extra energy trying to fend off what it senses as a foreign invader.