Gluten is a mixture of proteins found in wheat and related grains, such as barley and rye for example and this protein is present in our menus every single day.
This protein component provides additional “stickiness” and flexibility in a number of products of flour, inevitable in today’s baking industry.
There are many foods that contain gluten because it is primarily used as an emulsifier and stabilizer in products, but, that can be a big problem for people who are intolerant to this protein. All those products only reinforce the chances of allergies to gluten. Almost every processed product contains gluten, except when it is on the label emphasized that food is “gluten free”, ie, when it is declared as a healthy gluten-free food .
Allergy to gluten in children and adults is not easy to spot in its early stages because it is difficult for diagnoses, even with standard medical testing (gluten test). The reaction and allergies to gluten in infants and children may occur in the first years of life and it is manifested as chronic diarrhea, loss of appetite, loss of muscle and bone mass, presence of anemia, stagnation and a noticeable loss of weight. Over the years, the symptoms of allergies to gluten in adults may be totally non-specific, but the disease is extremely difficult to detect like we said.
Gluten allergy affects both sexes equally, and usually manifests itself in the second year of life, immediately after infants start consuming foods that contain gluten.
Here are some of the symptoms for Gluten Intolerance:
1.It is obvious that there will be symptoms of gastrointestinal (GI) problems. Among them: gas, bloating, upset stomach, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea.
2.Headaches and migraines
3.Fibromyalgia (Chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas). This means that you will have marks and pain in muscles and connective tissues.
4.Emotional problems including constant irritability and sudden, irrational mood swings.
5.Neurological problems, including dizziness, problems with balance and peripheral neuropathy that affects the peripheral nerves, leading to pain, weakness, numbness of the limbs.
Keep in mind that all these symptoms can be found in other diseases or medical problems. Therefore, it is very difficult to diagnose based on symptoms alone so gluten intolerance blood test is necessary.
If you think you are sensitive to gluten, consult with your doctor for further instructions and tests.