»The path to health leads through the kitchen,
not through the pharmacy.
Sebastian Kneipp (German Catholic clergyman, naturopath and hydrotherapist)
1) Digestive problems
Digestive problems such as gas that does not go away, bloating, abdominal cramps, diarrhea and constipation are the most common symptoms of gluten intolerance. People with celiac disease may experience fatty stools (steatorrhea) due to impaired fat digestion. The stool is then slimy, greasy, has a pale color and an unpleasant odor.
2) Neurological disorders
Our intestines have an autonomic nervous system that is directly connected to the central nervous system and that has the same nerve cells as our brain. Therefore, the intestine is also called the abdominal brain or second brain.
Accordingly, it is not surprising that the consumption of gluten in the case of gluten intolerance can also cause neurological disorders. (1) These can manifest themselves in many ways:
- Headaches or migraines
- Low blood pressure and dizziness
- Balance disorders
- Regulatory disorders of the autonomic nervous system
- Tingling and numbness in the arms and legs (neuropathy)
- Pain in muscles and joints (fibromyalgia)
- Depression and anxiety disorders
3) Autoimmune diseases
Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity can cause other autoimmune diseases or exacerbate them if already present. These include rheumatoid arthritis or the chronic thyroid disease Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
5) Skin lesions
Dermatitis herpetiformis Duhring (DHD) is caused by the consumption of gluten, which is why it is also known as “celiac disease of the skin.” The chronic, blistering skin disease is accompanied by severe itching. Other skin conditions may also improve with a gluten-free diet.
4) Tiredness & fatigue
Do you suddenly feel dog-tired after eating, especially gluten-containing foods, and do you always feel listless and exhausted? If your everyday life is severely restricted by constant fatigue, this is called chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). This can also be an indication of gluten intolerance.
6) Unexplained nutrient deficiency
If there is a nutrient deficiency despite a balanced diet, especially iron, vitamin A, B12 and B6, this may be an indication of gluten intolerance. Iron deficiency, in particular, is a common symptom of celiac disease in both adults and children.
“Common sense starts in the kitchen.”
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (German philosopher and classical philologist)