How Do You Know if You’re Gluten Intolerant?

Common symptoms of gluten intolerance include bloating, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and headaches.

A special note before we get started. We are not medical professionals. This article is intended to educate and inform the audience. If you believe that you have a gluten intolerance or are experiencing symptoms, please consult with a medical professional.

man having difficulty concentrating at work desk, may have gluten sensitivity

People are starting to become more aware of gluten intolerance symptoms.

However, there are still a lot of people out there who may have a gluten intolerance and still not know it.

There are several ways to know if you have a gluten issue.

It is important for you to know the signs and symptoms of a gluten intolerance so you know if you have it or not. Read on if you would like to find out more about it.

10 Common Symptoms of a Gluten Allergy

A gluten intolerance is a common thing for people to have.

Gluten intolerance symptoms can be similar to those of other medical conditions.

Therefore, it would be best if you consult with a medical professional to help you determine if you have a gluten allergy.

However, these symptoms are often experienced more frequently with someone who has gluten intolerance.

Healthline and the Very Well Health website share ten common signs of gluten intolerance that you can keep an eye out for:

  • Bloating: this is one of the most common complaints that people have. Your stomach will feel full after eating a meal with gluten.
  • Diarrhea, Constipation, and Smelly Feces: if you experience frequent diarrhea or constipation then you should consider it a gluten sensitivity symptom. Your feces can be smelly or discolored due to lack of nutrient absorption too.
  • Abdominal Pain: 83% of people that experience gluten intolerance have abdominal pain and discomfort after eating a meal with gluten.
  • Headaches and Migraines: a study published by Headache states 56% of people with gluten sensitivity suffer from chronic headaches/migraines compared to 14% of people who were in the control group.
  • Exhaustion: if you have a gluten sensitivity then you are more likely to experience exhaustion after eating something with gluten in it. Also, studies have demonstrated that 60-82% of people with a gluten sensitivity experience exhaustion more often.
  • Skin Problems: it is common for people to get psoriasis, hives, or have a rash. Not every rash is related to gluten, but if you can’t get rid of the red bumps then it would be a good idea to cut gluten from your diet.
  • Depression and Anxiety: studies have found a link between depression/anxiety with gluten sensitivity. However, there is still no concrete scientific research to back it up yet.
  • Infertility: both men and women can suffer from infertility because it is tied with undiagnosed celiac disease. Meanwhile, if you are diagnosed with celiac disease then you will want to cut out gluten to help you conceive.
  • Joint and Muscle Pain: if you are gluten intolerant then you will experience an inflammation in the joints and muscles. The theory behind this is that the nervous system is overly sensitive or overly excitable which causes the joint and muscle pain.
  • Brain Fog: means not being able to think clearly. People often report not being able to focus or experience mental exhaustion. Brain fog can be a reaction to certain antibodies found in gluten.

These are some of the symptoms that you can experience if you have a gluten intolerance.

However, there are other symptoms that we didn’t talk about in this blog article, but you can do some additional research to find out what they are.

Getting Diagnosed and Treatment for Gluten Sensitivity

The Gluten Intolerance Group states that there is no gluten test available yet to confirm if someone has a gluten allergy, but there is a ruling out diet process to help determine what the issue may be.

Meet with a doctor or registered dietitian to start an elimination diet to see if you are gluten intolerant. They can help guide you and determine the best way to do the elimination diet process. They will also teach you what products have gluten and gluten-free alternatives, and what to look for when you are grocery shopping. It is important for you to read food labels to avoid any cross-contamination.

The Gluten Intolerance shares a great infographic about going gluten-free one step at a time that you can review.

Closing Remarks

Just because you are experiencing some of these symptoms, it does not mean that you are gluten intolerant. It can be related to another underlying medical issue.

If you are experiencing one or more symptoms or experiencing them frequently then it may be your body is having a negative reaction to gluten.

Consult with a medical professional for a proper diagnosis and a plan of action to help relieve you from those symptoms.


Ysabel Montemayor, RD
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