9 Signs You’re Gluten Sensitive, and This Is Important to Know

Gluten sensitivity is caused when the immune system reacts unnaturally to gluten in terms of consumption; this may cause a chronic damage to the patient and can lead to many consequences. Symptoms can vary from person to another and differ in terms of type of severity.

For that, it will be good to examine your body if it has a gluten sensitivity, but before this, there are many common signs that was identified by those who report gluten intolerance. So we would like to show you, bellow, a list of nine gluten sensitivity symptoms.

We compiled a checklist of symptoms and how to treat gluten sensitivity ?

1- Problems with the gastrointestinal tract

A person with sensitivity to gluten might experience many symptoms associated with the intestines: abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, accompanied by headaches and fatigue. That happens immediately after consuming gluten. Patients thinks often that those signs are related to others diseases. Moreover, many patients have gluten sensitivity and were diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), so they still having the same  symptoms because of not receiving an appropriate treatment and not eliminating gluten from the diet, things which may compound these symptoms.

2- Unexplained weight changes

People with gluten sensitivity may experience sudden fluctuations in their weight, so they may have a weight loss or a weight gain without an obvious reason, this is a related to many metabolic disorders and inflammatory processes at the cellular level which may be caused by gluten sensitivity.
Unexplained weight changes, if it is accompanied by other symptoms of malabsorption, are a gluten intolerance signs to take into consideration

3- Hormonal Imbalance

Gluten sensitivity cause hormonal failures which are mainly recognized among women. Irregular menstrual cycle, sudden weight fluctuations and sleep disorders are due to a hormonal disorders and can be experienced during puberty, pregnancy and menopause.
Some of these symptoms continue to plague the patient despite having gluten-free diet, and requires an hormonal treatment in addition to the diet. 

4- Problems with the central nervous system

There is no question that gluten can affect your neurological system. People with gluten sensitivity report symptoms as depression, anxiety, insomnia, concentration, and fatigue.

Research shows that people with gluten intolerance suffer from much higher-than-average rates of depression and anxiety.

In addition to that, the patient may feel less effective, even clumsy and stupid. This phenomenon known as ‘’Brain fog’’. But those are considered as an extremely common symptom for gluten sensitivity.

5- Skin and nails problems

Gluten intolerance can also affect your skin. Hair keratosis and herpetiform dermatitis are two forms of skin conditions which are associated to gluten disease, this may appear in several distinct skin conditions as: 

  • Dry skin;
  • Skin irritations like mimic eczema; 
  • Itchiness;
  • Rashes that can appear on hands, torso, face, buttocks, elbows, and hairline.

In another side, other symptoms may appear on the fingernails as white flecks, injury, or infection. that signal  gluten sensitivity. 

6- Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ’’ADHD’’

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Gluten sensitivity raise the odds of ADHD. It is a mental disorder of the neurodevelopmental type, and may be the reason of disorders like: difficulty paying attention, excessive activity, and problems with self-control. 

A free-diet gluten may help to minimize the symptoms of ADHD for those who has a gluten intolerance.

7- Poor condition of the teeth

Gluten intolerance can negatively affect the oral health. Studies show that gluten leads the body to produce an immune reaction against one of the main proteins responsible for producing enamel on the teeth, this may cause a variety of symptoms as excessive cavities, tooth decay and destruction or loss of teeth.

If you are careful about your teeth health and you still suffering from some of these diseases, then it may be due to your gluten sensitivity.

8- Iron deficiency anemia

Iron-deficiency anemia is one of the most experienced symptoms of gluten sensitivity, it may be the reason of many symptoms as reduced blood volume, fatigue, shortness of breath, headaches, pallor of the skin, mucous membranes, decreased appetite, and even arthritis.

When you have an iron-deficiency anemia caused by a gluten sensitivity, you will notice that it is unresponsive to iron therapy, then it will be better to check if your body has a gluten intolerance and if it requires a gluten-free diet.

9- Autoimmune diseases

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Autoimmune diseases cause abnormally low activity or over activity of the immune system, and this become worst if the body has a gluten sensitivity or a celiac disease.

People with gluten intolerance had experienced symptoms as autoimmune thyroiditis, autoimmune liver disease, crohn’s disease, diabetes, vitiligo, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. This is related to the link between gluten sensitivity and autoimmune diseases .

How to treat gluten sensitivity ?

If you have ever experienced any of these signs of gluten intolerance, it does not mean that you have gluten diseases, but it is highly recommended to cheek up your body and to examine your celiac or non-celiac sensitivity. Here are some advices on how to treat gluten sensitivity:

Include gluten to you diet before the test :

Before the examination you should include gluten in your diet this will help you to avoid inaccurate results.

Get tested :

A simple blood test screens for certain antibodies that are higher than normal for people with gluten disease. 

Free-diet gluten :

Gluten is contained in wheat, rye,  bulgur, flour, semolina and other foods. So eliminate gluten from your diet and choose gluten-free grains like quinoa; brown rice; millet, amaranth, buckwheat and  oats. 

Always check the products composition :

Make sure of consuming products which contain the label “gluten-free”.


However, gluten sensitivity can cause a harmful symptoms but you can face them by following the tips mentioned above. Moreover, we recommend you to eat more fruits and vegetables, cook more meals at home and try to join a gluten-free community, It is a great way to get motivated to follow your gluten-free diet and to minimize gluten intolerance symptoms. 

Written by Emily Olson


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