Gluten is a type of protein found naturally in certain grains such as wheat, rye and barley. It serves like a food binder that confers a ‘stretchy quality’ to some food such as flour dough. While gluten may be useful especially in the kitchen, it has proven to cause numerous harms to the body. It is important to pay attention to how the body utilizes it and better to check if your body is sensitive to it. If you are ignorant of your sensitivity to it and go ahead to eat it, it could create a battleground in your body system leading to inflammation.
That is exactly why it is considered a silent killer. Gluten sensitivity manifests in the following ways.
1. Gastrointestinal tract (GIT) problems
The symptoms of gluten sensitivity that are associated with the GIT include bloating, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and even constipation. These symptoms are often associated with other diseases and in some cases, patients experiencing them are mistakenly diagnosed with a case of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Studies have been carried out on the epidemiology of IBS and it showed that about 10%-15% or the global population suffers from this disease. If you suffer from this syndrome, it is important you treat yourself properly while at the same time starting out on a gluten-free diet.
2. Hormonal Imbalance
There are certain symptoms that manifests in women. These symptoms show a direct relationship between gluten disorders and hormone disorders. Some of such symptoms include; irregular menstrual cycle, PMS, sleep disorders and sudden fluctuations in weight.
Hormonal imbalance resulting from gluten intolerance can be amplified during certain periods such as puberty, pregnancy and menopause.
3. Unexplained changes in weight
If you are gluten intolerant, it can lead to unexplained weight gain or weight loss. This is as a result of metabolic disorders and inflammatory processes at the cellular level. This sudden change in weight usually accompanies other diseases. However, if accompanied by other symptoms of malabsorption, then it is associated with gluten intolerance.
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