By Regina Chanté
I am cautious about calling out individual foods as being the source of our suffering without seeing the bigger picture. We have to also take into account additives in our foods, water, air, medications, cleaning agents and toxins in our home and office environments that may, collectively, wreak havoc on our immune systems. Having said that, many people in my practice and personal life are going gluten-free and feeling better. If reducing aggravating foods to reduce internal inflammation and histamine overload helps us think and feel better then that’s a good place to start. Reduced inflammation also means you can you can experience greater relaxation and circulation from your massage and bodywork! Below are five common symptoms of gluten intolerance:
1. Headaches and/or migraines can be common after eating gluten.
2. Gastrointestinal (GI), stomach, and digestive issues. This can show up as one or more of the following: bloating, queasiness, gas, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, constipation, or an alternating combination of both – IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).
3. Fatigue can appear chronically or after every meal that contains gluten. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a syndrome, not a disease. If a doctor diagnoses you with CFS, they are simply stating they cannot locate the cause of your fatigue.
4. Sudden changes in mood and emotions. Irritability or irrational changes in feelings can also be a symptom.
5. A number of neurological issues can also be present. These include: difficulty balancing, dizziness, and peripheral neuropathy affecting nerves outside the central nervous system which results in pain, weakness, tingling or numbness in the extremities.
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