5 Signs You Might Have Gluten Intolerance

Pay attention to these clues to see if gluten may be causing you more harm than good.

5 Signs You Might Have Gluten Intolerance

Gluten intolerance is not necessarily easy to spot and reports now estimate that up to 6% of Americans may be intolerant to the protein most commonly found in whole grains. There are some indications that can help you recognize whether gluten is prompting an abnormal response in your body. Registered dietitian Brooke Alpert recommends considering an elimination diet if you have these symptoms frequently and starting a conversation with a primary care provider, gastroenterologist, or registered dietitian. It’s important to note that gluten intolerance differs from a gluten allergy and celiac disease so you should seek an expert opinion before making any assumptions or major dietary changes.

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Brain Fog

Brain fog can signal a wide variety of conditions and one of the issues may be gluten intolerance. If you’re having trouble concentrating or thinking clearly, especially after eating gluten, you may benefit from trying an elimination diet to identify or rule out gluten as the source of your problem.

More: The 10-Day Plan for Gluten Sensitivity

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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