Problem with gluten? This common food protein can trigger a wide range of symptoms that are NOT just related to gut health.
This gluten intolerance checklist will quickly help you identify a potential gluten sensitivity.
Your Quick Gluten Intolerance Checklist
If you are suffering with gut symptoms such as bloating, abdominal discomfort, diarrhea and flatulence it can indicate a problem with gluten. But did you know you can also experience a host of other non-specific symptoms?
The truth is, many of the symptoms associated with gluten sensitivity are not always clearly distinguishable. Here are some common non-specific symptoms associated with gluten exposure:
- ‘Wheat belly’ weight gain around the waist.
- Weight loss due to malnutrition.
- Fatigue and yawning soon after eating.
- Sugar cravings.
- Brain fog, poor memory and concentration.
- Weak and brittle nails.
- Poor fat digestion, including fat in the stools.
- Fibromyalgia-like joint or muscle pain.
- Depression and anxiety.
- Dermatitis or skin rashes.
- Headaches and migraines.
- Iron anemia.
A Gluten-Free Diet For Thyroid Health
Studies suggest a gluten-free diet is beneficial for those with a diagnosed thyroid disorder, especially for those with an autoimmune thyroid disorder such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
Be aware, you have to be 100% strict to see the results of going gluten-free. This means there are definitely no cheat days allowed! Even trace amounts of gluten can trigger a gut-immune reaction and once this happens you are sent back to square one.
Also, did you know studies show it takes at least SIX weeks for the body to stop reacting to gluten? For this reason I recommend you commit to a gluten-free diet for at least six weeks to see if this dietary approach will work for you.
> > You can learn more here: Could A Gluten Free Diet Help Heal Your Thyroid Health?
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