8 Warning Signs Of Gluten Intolerance

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

Claus Rebler

When your immune system is deploying antibodies to attack your small intestine, fewer antibodies are available to take care of actual threats. Because of this, people who are gluten intolerant may find themselves getting sick more frequently.

2. Fatigue


When dealing with an autoimmune disorder, your body struggles to allocate energy properly. Therefore, several medical experts have linked gluten intolerance to feelings of exhaustion and fatigue.

3. Frequent Headaches

Daniel Oldfield

A recent study discovered that participants who were gluten intolerant were about 40% more likely to experience chronic headaches and migraines.

4. Achy Joints

Simon Blackley

One of the biggest side effects of celiac disease is inflammation, which causes flare-ups of pain in muscles and joints. The Arthritis Foundation has even published research linking the two.


5. Foggy Brain


Those with celiac disease produce immunoglobulins, or antibodies, when gluten enters their body. Apparently, the way in which your body's immunoglobulins react to gluten can lead to difficulties focusing.

6. Rapid Weight Gain

Magnus D

The malabsorption of nutrients can lead to a sudden increase in one's weight. After you remove gluten from your diet, your weight should return to normal. Besides, cutting out bread is never a bad idea.

7. Painful Dental Issues


One study believes that gluten intolerance is connected to something called "aphthous stomatitis." This dental condition makes those who have it much more susceptible to painful ulcers and canker sores. Since celiac also makes it difficult for the body to absorb nutrients, this can lead to a calcium deficiency that weakens one's teeth.

8. Irritated Skin

Quinn Dombrowski

Malabsorption is the root of all evil when it comes to celiac disease. Since your body isn't getting the nutrients it needs, your skin is susceptible to a whole host of irritating conditions like acne, eczema, and dermatitis herpetiformis.

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H/T: Healthy Food House

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