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Common Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance

Up to 6% of the United States population is estimated to have non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Also known as gluten intolerance, this condition can trigger a variety of uncomfortable symptoms after ingesting gluten. Understanding these symptoms can help you pinpoint a potential dietary intolerance and seek support from your Tampa physician.

Which Foods Contain Gluten?

Many people aren’t sure exactly which foods contain gluten. Gluten is found in many grains, including:

  • Wheat and wheat derivatives, including:
    • Durum
    • Semolina
    • Spelt
    • Farro
    • Farina
    • Graham
    • Wheat Berries
    • Emmer 
  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Malt
  • Wheat starch
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Triticale

These grains are often found in pasta, bread, crackers, pastries, cereals, baked goods, and beer. However, many gluten-free varieties of these foods are available. 

How is Gluten Intolerance Different From Celiac Disease?

Gluten intolerance is one of the terms used to describe the adverse effects of eating gluten. It’s often confused with celiac disease, which occurs when the body has an autoimmune response to gluten due to an abnormal gene. 

Although people with non-celiac gluten sensitivity don’t have an abnormal gene, they may experience many of the same symptoms as individuals with celiac disease. 

Common Gluten Intolerance Symptoms

The most common symptoms of gluten intolerance include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating 
  • Gas
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Skin rashes and reactions
  • Headaches
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Anemia (iron deficiency)
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Brain fog (the inability to think clearly)

Additionally, gluten intolerance can contribute to irritable bowel syndrome or IBS. IBS is a common gastrointestinal condition involving abdominal discomfort and irregular bowel movements. 

Pinpointing a gluten intolerance and adjusting your lifestyle accordingly can alleviate your symptoms and improve your overall quality of life. At Mind Body Spirit Care, we offer a range of integrative treatments to help you overcome gluten intolerance and related conditions. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!