Gluten Allergies Intolerance Information and Symptoms

Gluten intolerance is a fairly common condition in our country. In fact, some studies show that it affects approximately 15% of the US population. It is characterized by an inability to handle foods containing gluten.

So what exactly is gluten? Gluten is a composite of the two proteins gliadin and glutenin. The word gluten is derived from the Latin word for “glue.” Gluten is a mash up of starch, gliadin and glutenin and is found in grass related grains such as wheat, rye, barley and sometimes oats. Most breads, pasta, crackers and cookies contain gluten since they are typically made with wheat flour.

Gluten intolerance is categorized as an autoimmune disorder, meaning the immune system attacks it’s own body’s tissues. When a person with a gluten sensitivity eats, say, a plate of spaghetti, cells present in the small intestine misread the molecules in the grain as a foreign invader. There is then an interaction resulting in programmed cell death and an immune response, which results in the typical symptoms of gluten intolerance. It is important to identify a gluten intolerance and act accordingly because over time when someone with a gluten intolerance continues to ingest gluten, damage to the small intestine occurs. In its most severe form, gluten sensitivity can manifest in the form of celiac disease, which can be not only uncomfortable to a person, but indeed dangerous as well.

Gluten Allergies Information

A dietary sensitivity to gluten can carry with it a variety of symptoms which unfortunately are often misdiagnosed since the symptoms are common to other diseases and disorders as well. Gluten sensitivity or intolerance is usually not the first suspect and people often go years and years without a proper diagnosis. As expected, the initial symptoms of gluten intolerance are mostly gastrointestinal symptoms, although other outside symptoms, do present themselves as well. The good news is that this is easily treatable by simply eliminating gluten from one’s diet.

Gluten Allergies Symptoms

Gluten Sensitivity or Gluten Intolerance Symptoms:

1. Digestive Symptoms of Gluten Allergies

Digestive symptoms are the most common. This includes abdominal pain, bloating, cramping, constipation or diarrhea, constipation and diarrhea (alternating), weight loss or weight gain.

2. Inflammation in Gluten Allergies

Inflammation is an immune response to the gluten.

3. Lactose Intolerance in Gluten Allergies

Dairy Sensitivity or Other Food Sensitivity- This is a secondary condition which results from damage to the small intestine (leaky gut) from the primary problem of gluten sensitivity.

4. Malnutrition and/or Anemia

Since the small intestine may be damaged in cases of gluten intolerance, and since food may be excreted rapidly as waste, the body often has a hard time absorbing nutrients, leading to this symptom developing. Specifically, a low iron level is common.

5. Chronic Fatigue, Exhaustion and Dizziness.

Sometimes for a brief time – a sensation of spinning around and losing balance is experienced by the person. Other instances are getting exhausted easily.

6. Body and Joint Aches

Body or Joint pain, it is similar to experiencing pain as in arthritis or arthralgia, which is inflammation or pain from within the joint itself. It can be a discomfort arising from any part of a joint or body muscle — including cartilage, bone, ligaments, tendons or muscular parts.

7. Frequent Infections

The small intestine makes up 70% of the immune system and since gluten sensitivity causes damage to the small intestine, infection is a common symptom of gluten sensitivity.

8. Steatorrhea and Gluten Allergies

This is the presence of excess fat in feces. This can lead to further embarrassing and painful complications, such as anal leakage or incontinence. Fat is present in the stools due to poor digestion.

9. Headaches

A recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head or frontal portion. Temporal relief from painkillers also in some cases take time.

10. Depression, Irritability and Mood Swings.

As stated above, treatment for gluten intolerance is easy. Simply eliminate gluten containing foods. This means that gluten-containing grains such as those found in bread, cereals, and pasta must be completely eliminated, as well as drinks such as beer, since these involve fermenting grains containing gluten.


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  1. sakyue1993 says:

    and why allergy medications are so popular in the USA? why not so popular in Britain and Europe? do they not get allergies there? why not?

  2. I bought a dog, but am having pretty bad allergies. I do not want to go the allergy shots route, or constantly take medication, or have to limit how I play with him. I’m suffering now, but am wondering, if over time, I may build a tolerance and grow immune to his dander, saliva, and other allergens? I recall I used to go to my friend’s house a lot, and had real bad allergies from his cats. But over time, the allergies became a lot better. I thought it was because I built a tolerance to them.

  3. fedorvonbock16 says:

    check out my playlist

  4. hitmanlover says:

    its good to hear dr savage talk about helth and foods. i get my diets from him i trust him he knows what the hell hes about.

  5. LoneStarPatriot says:

    smokarino Sniffaroo!!! haha

  6. nanquan491 says:

    lol I love the pictures you match up to the clips as Michael talks 😀

  7. chattingcat says:

    LOL. It is getting ridiculous. I can’t watch local TV anymore because they ARE always telling us someting is wrong with us. One of the local newscasts actually has a segment called “What’s Ailing You?” I have to change the channel because it angers me. My attitude is NOTHING’s ailing me. I’m VERY WELL, thanks. Try telling people they’re healthy. Maybe they WILL BE:)

  8. revacohen says:

    My belief is everything in moderation. Obviously, if you have diabetes, should be careful about your carb intake, but if your perfectly healthy, I see no reason why you can’t enjoy everything in moderation. Everything’s bad these days.

  9. takerdust says:

    Michael Moore is searching for glutton-free 800 calorie burritos.

  10. 3rdWorldInvasion says:

    lol @ the pics!

  11. imitator777 says:

    i loved this segment

  12. apJAzzfusiondruMmer says:

    moderate my nuts

  13. tobiascdngustaf says:

    There really are people allergic to wheat and/or gluten.

    But I agree that most people who THINK they are allergic are probably just SENSITIVE to it.

    I am sensitive to wheat. But I do not have Celiac disease–if I did, I would get VERY sick when I ate gluten, not just have sore joints.

    There is some truth to what he says–but also some truth to wheat allergies. Just in MUCH smaller numbers than people claim.

  14. tobiascdngustaf says:

    Well said!

    Yeah what a negative segment title that is!

    I have many health problems–I could think of them as “ailing me” but instead I think of myself as HAPPY and–gasp–I AM happy! Nobody is 100% healthy. But a positive attitude like yours goes a long way!!

  15. I personally think Michael Moore eats babies..I plan to do a documentary on that…should make about as much sense as bowling for columbine. maybe I’ll leave a picture of a baby on his doorstep

  16. nyalcin07 says:

    Thanks for sharing! I love the pics

  17. takerdust says:

    Wall Banger just had Token conservative chick from the view to promote her stupid glutton-free book.

    I had glutton-free pasta and bread. Worst thing I tasted.

  18. I have a number of friends who have been tested as either Celiac, gluten intolerant, or gluten sensitive. They are three different immune reactions to gluten. And they feel *terrific* once they avoid it. A number of parents of autistic children are getting great results. The *science* (not Michael’s “gut feeling”) confirms this is real.

    So, no surprise, M.Savage is simply ignorant of the current research that backs this up.

  19. twosocks1976 says:

    OK, I am speaking in generalities here, but I for one am damned sick and tired of those with an adjenda regarding what I eat trying to scare me into eating the way they want me to eat. There is almost no real scientific discovery any more; it’s all manufactured garbage to terrify me so I won’t eat something that someone else finds repulsive. Just eat what you want and leave me the hell alone! Shit…damn near everything in my kitchen is supposed to kill me? Shut up already!

  20. wilhelm1974 says:

    I eat air sandwiches…mmmm

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