So it turns out that I am gluten intolerant. This pretty much sucks, considering that my addiction to biscuits and bread is just a big part of who I am. I found this out after stumbling across an article that explained the telltale sign that you will find at the back of my arms. There you will find fine bumps that I could never get rid of.
I remember exfoliating like a crazy person before my wedding – my strapless dress would leave my arms completely exposed and I needed to rid myself of the horrible red, bumpy rash looking like stuff. Nothing worked.
It was only quite some time later, post baby one and baby two – when I realized that a lifestyle change was in order to lose my lard! For the first time in my life, I started eating veggies and healthy fats. Staying away from processed foods and avoiding bad carbs like they would infect me with rabies. With this change came a massive change to my body composition and alas, the horrid spotty look that had once taken up residence at the back of my arms, was gone. I never noticed at first, but when I found this article, I paid attention.
Once enlightened, I decided to go for some proper tests and figure out what the problem really was. I found myself with a nutritionist, one Cindy Odendaal, from Bodyologie who rattled off a whole lot of things, and there, right there… one long, looming red stripe, signaling my gluten sensitivity.
So what does this actually mean?
Essentially, gluten is a protein that is found in wheat and some other grains. Gluten is what gives dough that very sticky texture, but you can find it in a few other household items, such as mayo or your favourite salad dressing.
There are various levels of intolerance, ranging from celiac disease all the way down to non-celiac gluten sensitivity. You would need to visit your doctor, or someone like Cindy to get an accurate diagnosis.
Apart from the common signs of intolerance, such as headaches, bloating etc. very extreme cases can even lead to osteoporosis and infertility.
It can be very serious, so consider these 12 telltale symptoms.
- Neurological Problems
- Joint Pain
- Low Immune Function
- Dental Problems
- Mouth Ulcers
- Skin Problems
- Unexplained weight loss or gain
For the full explanation on these symptoms, click here
Gluten is found everywhere, and its near impossible to cut it out completely (well, for those of us who have a life and don’t read the back of every single label). So the most practical advice I can give you, in my humble opinion, is cut out the big ones, take not of the lesser ones and try to be as healthy as you can. What works for one person won’t work for others. Do what works for you.