If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms and think you may be gluten intolerant, it is important to rule out Coeliac Disease; see your GP as soon as possible to undertake a test.
Symptoms of Coeliac Disease may include:
1. Gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation; particularly in children after eating food containing gluten.
2. Fatigue, brain fog or feeling tired after eating a meal that contains gluten.
3. Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis.
4. Neurologic symptoms such as dizziness or feeling of being off balance.
5. Hormone imbalances such as PMS, PCOS or unexplained infertility.
6. Frequent headaches.
7. Inflammation, swelling or pain in your joints such as fingers, knees or hips.
8. Mood issues such as anxiety, depression, mood swings or ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).
What is Coeliac Disease?
Coeliac disease (spelt - celiac disease in North America ) is an auto-immune disorder of the small intestine. Symptoms may include pain and discomfort in the digestive tract, chronic constipation and diarrhoea and fatigue. Vitamin deficiencies are also a common occurrence in people with coeliac disease as a result of the reduced ability of the small intestine to properly absorb nutrients from food.
Severe coeliac disease results in pale, loose and greasy stool, weight loss or failure to gain weight in young children. People with milder coeliac disease may have symptoms that are much more subtle and occur in other organs than the bowel itself. It is also possible to have coeliac disease without any noticeable symptoms. Many adults with a mild form of the disease suffer fatigue or anaemia, a condition where the number of red blood cells or concentrations of haemoglobin are low.
What causes Coeliac?
Disease Coeliac disease is caused by an adverse reaction to Gluten which, is a composition of the proteins Glutenin and Gliadin. It is commonly used in processed foods to improve texture. Gluten is sometimes also added to cosmetics, hair and dermatological products.