13 Shocking Signs You Need To Eliminate Gluten From Your Diet IMMEDIATELY!
Written by: Lindsay Sibson
I woke up the other morning and my boyfriend said, “Wow babe, you look really skinny this morning.”
Now, this statement may sound strange to some… but for someone who struggles with food sensitivities, this was awesome to hear. I can go from bloated belly (which I refer to as my “food baby”) to slim and trim within 24 hours… depending on what I eat. Maybe you can relate…
For the past 15 plus years, I have battled with irritable bowel syndrome, food sensitivities and an overall dysfunctional digestive system. I embarked on a personal mission to “figure out” what was causing my icky, bloated, want-to-explode-after-I-eat symptoms. I tried my regular doctor, but all she wanted to do was give me medication. I was sent to a gastrointestinal specialist who did a slew of tests… the result? I was prescribed three different medications.
I knew there had to be a better way.
I started researching and paying attention to the foods I ate and how they made me feel. Sometimes I couldn’t really eat because I felt THAT BAD. Surprisingly enough, I felt so much better when I wasn’t eating “normal food.” However, I knew I couldn’t abstain from eating forever… I needed BETTER fuel to feed my body.
But first, it was time to eliminate the food culprits that were causing my discomfort. By far, the number one “thing” that was wreaking havoc on my system was GLUTEN.
Not sure if you are sensitive to gluten? Let’s dig in.
What is GLUTEN?
Gluten is a mixture of two proteins found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye (especially wheat) that is responsible for the elastic texture of dough. In other words, gluten acts as a glue to hold food together.
What are the common foods that contain GLUTEN?
- Breads and pastries
- Baked goods
- Cereal and granola
- Breakfast foods (pancakes, waffles, biscuits)
- Sauces (many use wheat flour as a thickener)
If you eat any of these foods regularly and have digestive issues, gluten is most likely the problem.
Here are 13 shocking signs that you may need to eliminate gluten from your diet IMMEDIATELY (You’ll feel better – trust me! I speak from A LOT of experience.)
1. Feeling tired/exhausted after eating gluten
2. “Brain fog” – difficulty concentrating or feeling out of it/confused
3. Gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea (digestive issues)
4. “Chicken Skin” – also known as Keratosis Pilaris on the back of your arms
5. Fibromyalgia or constant weakness
6. Depression, anxiety, mood swings, ADD, or other mood problems
7. Dizziness, imbalance, or other neurological disorders
8. Autoimmune diseases such as Psoriasis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Lupus
9. Headaches and migraines
10. Pain and swelling in your fingers, hips, or knees
11. Hormone issues such as PMS
12. Dental issues such as tooth decay, tooth cracks and gum problems
13. Weakened immune system (80% of your immune system is in your gut!)
How do you test if you are gluten intolerant or not?
The easiest and cheapest method is to conduct an elimination diet and avoid all foods containing gluten for at least 21 days. For this to work, you must eliminate gluten 100% (did you know that it’s been shown that even a small amount of gluten can remain in the body up to 6 months?!)!
Look at food labels and pay attention for “hidden gluten” (such as in sauces, salad dressings – even lipstick and other beauty care products can contain gluten!). Slowly reintroduce foods with gluten, one at a time, and see how you feel.
A second method of testing for gluten sensitivity is to go to your doctor and ask for a blood test.
Keep in mind, allergies are different than intolerances. Intolerances can be reversed oftentimes, whereas allergies are there to stay. Regardless of if you have an intolerance or allergy to gluten or any other food, you should eliminate it from your diet during your healing process.
Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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