You should find this list alarming. It’s estimated that only 6% of people with gluten sensitivity or Celiac Disease are properly diagnosed when going to a doctor. It’s one of the top ten misdiagnosed diseases. When it is diagnosed, it averages 10+ years after symptoms occur.
• Weight problems
• Abdominal pain
• Lactose intolerance
Gluten is a general term to describe the proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley. When gluten enters your body, your immune system responds by attacking the gluten molecule and unfortunately, also attacks your body. When the gluten reaches your small intestine, the villi are damaged. Damaged villi prevent your body from properly absorbing nutrients. Toxins and gluten fragments can pass through the damaged intestinal wall and enter the bloodstream. Your body will view these foreign substances as invaders and respond by attacking them and your cells. Malnutrition is very common and can lead to many different symptoms.
More than 3,000,000 Americans have already recognized an allergy or intolerance to gluten. The problem is that most people who suffer from gluten intolerance may not know it, since the symptoms often mask themselves as those of other conditions.
Most symptoms are reversible, but depending on the severity and length of malnutrition, some may be long lasting, or even permanent. It is extremely important to learn if you’re a sufferer as early as possible. The better you recognize the daily negative effects of gluten, the easier it will become to follow a gluten free regularly. The more strict you follow the diet, the faster your recovery.
Remember…we don’t get diseases because we get older, we get diseases because we continue to follow the wrong diet until our bodies breakdown.
A great resource along with gluten free diet tips can be found at GlutenFreeDaily.com