SYMPTOMS OF GLUTEN INTOLERANCE
We cannot take pills to cure wheat or gluten intolerances. Make a list of your personal complaints from the list of symptoms described, then challenge yourself to a gluten-free month and note the changes.
Hormonal: Addison’s disease (adrenal malfunction), amenorrhoea (absence of menstruation), spontaneous infertility, sperm abnormalities, abortions and low-birth-weight babies, chronic fatigue, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, and insulin-dependent diabetes.
Digestive: Irritable bowel syndrome, gastrointestinal distress (gas, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, vomiting, reflux), coeliac disease, autoimmune hepatitis, gallbladder disease, primary biliary cirrhosis of the liver, chronic abdominal pain, Crohn’s disease, malnutrition, pancreatic disorders, and mineral deficiencies.
Respiratory: Sinusitis, postnasal drip, mucous congestion, some cases of asthma, snoring.
Mental: ADD/ADHD (attention deficit disorders), headaches (including migraines), moodiness/ depression, inability to concentrate or learn, seizures, Down’s syndrome, epilepsy, ataxia (reflex disturbance), sleepiness after lunch.
Structural (blood and tissues): Anaemia, low iron, bone/joint/muscle pain, osteoporosis, peripheral neuropathy, tingling numbness in the legs, vasculitis, mouth sores, weak tooth enamel, multiple sclerosis, chronic back pain.
Skin: Psoriasis, vitiligo (white patches on the skin), dermatitis herpetiformis (pimply rash related to coeliac disease), hair loss not associated with male-type baldness, recurrent stomatitis (inflamed mucous membranes of the mouth), and eczema.
Metabolic and systemic: Weight loss/gain (unstable metabolism), obesity, systemic lupus (autoimmune disease), bursitis, rheumatoid arthritis, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, bowel cancer and other types of cancer, total immunoglobulin A deficiency (antibodies).