The Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance - dummies

By Nancy McEachern

Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity motivate many people to seek gluten-free diets. People with these medical conditions have one thing in common: Eating gluten causes trouble in their bodies. The kind of trouble varies from person to person.

Gluten can trigger a wide range of symptoms in people with gluten intolerance. In fact, more than 300 symptoms are associated with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.

You may experience just one or two symptoms as a reaction to consuming gluten, or you may experience many of them at one time or another. Some of the most common symptoms are gastrointestinal; other symptoms may not seem related to food at all.

Removing gluten from your diet may help alleviate these symptoms or cause them to go away completely if you do in fact have a sensitivity or intolerance to gluten.

Here are just a few of the many gastrointestinal symptoms that gluten sensitivity can trigger:

  • Diarrhea

  • Constipation

  • Gas

  • Acid reflux

  • Cramping

  • Stomach pain

  • Bloating

  • Irritable bowel

And here are some common symptoms of gluten intolerance that you may not associate with food:

  • Headaches, migraines

  • Brain fog

  • Itchy skin, rashes

  • Mouth sores

  • Joint and muscle pain

  • Inflammation throughout the body

  • Dental enamel problems

  • Stunted growth

  • Infertility and miscarriages

  • Chronic fatigue and weakness

  • Depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric and behavioral problems

  • Malabsorption

  • Seizures