What’s Gluten?

Gluten refers to the proteins found in wheat endosperm (a type of tissue produced in seeds that's ground to make flour). Gluten both nourishes plant embryos during germination and later affects the elasticity of dough, which in turn affects the chewiness of baked wheat products.

Gluten is actually composed of two different proteins: gliadin (a prolamin protein) and glutenin (a glutelin protein). Though "true gluten" is sometimes defined as being specific to wheat, gluten is often said to be part of other cereal grains — including rye, barley, oats and various crossbreeds — because these grains also contain protein composites made from prolamins and glutelins.

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Ten signs you are Gluten Intolerant

More than 55 diseases have been linked to gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It’s estimated that 99% of the people who have either gluten intolerance or celiac disease are never diagnosed..

Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and even constipation. I see the constipation particularly in children after eating gluten.

Keratosis Pilaris, (also known as chicken skin on the back of your arms). This tends be as a result of a fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A deficiency secondary to fat-malabsorption caused by gluten damaging the gut.

Fatigue, brain fog or feeling tired after eating a meal that contains gluten.

Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis.

Neurologic symptoms such as dizziness or feeling of being off balance.

It is also estimated that as much as 15% of the US population is gluten intolerant. Could you be one of them? If you have any of the following symptoms it could be a sign that you have gluten intolerance.

Hormone imbalances such as PMS, PCOS or unexplained infertility.

Migraine headaches.

Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. These diagnoses simply indicate your conventional doctor cannot pin point the cause of your fatigue or pain.

Inflammation, swelling or pain in your joints such as fingers, knees or hips.

Mood issues such as anxiety, depression, and mood swings.

If you have any of these symptoms we recommend you see your doctor or try removing gluten containing products from your diet.
Source: http://www.mindbodygreen.com