More than 50 diseases are linked to gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, but it’s been said that majority of those with a gluten allergy or celiac disease don’t know that they’re suffering from it.
If you’ve got gluten sensitivity, you likely struggle with digestive problems such as gas, bloating and diarrhea. Other symptoms include ‘chicken skin’ on the back of your arms, fatigue after a meal containing gluten, and hormonal imbalances that result in irregular menstrual cycles and even infertility. You may also get migraine headaches and swelling in the joints.
The best way to deteremine if you’re gluten intolerant is to do an elimination diet, which means remove gluten from your diet for three weeks and then reintroduce it. Because the proten can take a long time to be flushed from your system, the longer you can keep it out of your diet for, the better.
You may feel that you should just avoid grains completely to make things easier, but there’s actually an assortment of gluten-free grains and cereals that are not only great in taste, but easily obtainable. Here are six to check out the next time you go grocery shopping.