If you've been to a restaurant or a grocery store within the last 10 years, you've probably heard someone talk about "gluten." More specifically, you've probably heard someone talk about being gluten intolerant or going "gluten-free." Gluten is a protein that's found in a variety of wheat, such as barley, rye, and oat. It's easy to dismiss gluten-free foods as some sort of new diet trend, but people are cutting it out of their diets for a very important reason.
Gluten intolerance, otherwise known as "celiac disease," is no passing trend. It is an autoimmune disorder that affects an estimated one out of every 100 people in the world. When someone who is gluten intolerant consumes gluten, their body responds by attacking its own small intestine. As a result, the villi that line their small intestine and are responsible for absorbing nutrients become damaged. Unfortunately, many people are currently living with undiagnosed celiac disease, which could lead to major health complications later in life.
So, how do you know if you have celiac disease? There are eight major warning signs to look for if you suspect that you suffer from celiac disease. Additionally, you can complete this checklist from the Celiac Disease Foundation and talk to your doctor about setting up a screening. Living with a gluten intolerance can be difficult, but identifying it early on and taking steps toward treatment can make it a lot easier. Check out the images below to learn more about the symptoms of celiac disease.
Gluten is a protein that's found in a variety of grains.
Everything, from wheat and rye to barley and oats, comes with gluten. This makes eating bread especially difficult for those with a gluten intolerance.
When someone who's gluten intolerant eats gluten, their body triggers an autoimmune response that targets their small intestine. The villi, or small protrusions that line the walls of the small intestine, are damaged in the process, making it difficult for the body to absorb nutrients properly.
Celiac Disease Foundation
The Celiac Disease Foundation estimates that one in 100 people suffer from celiac disease. Additionally, roughly 2.5 million Americans are living with it undiagnosed. Celiac disease is hereditary, and those with an immediate relative who has it have a one in 10 chance of contracting it. If you think that you might be at risk for celiac disease, keep an eye out for these eight warning signs:
Celiac Disease Foundation
1. Weak Immune System
3. Frequent Headaches
4. Achy Joints
5. Foggy Brain
6. Rapid Weight Gain
7. Painful Dental Issues
8. Irritated Skin
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H/T: Healthy Food House