5 Signs You Might Have Gluten Intolerance

Pay attention to these clues to see if gluten may be causing you more harm than good.

5 Signs You Might Have Gluten Intolerance

Gluten intolerance is not necessarily easy to spot and reports now estimate that up to 6% of Americans may be intolerant to the protein most commonly found in whole grains. There are some indications that can help you recognize whether gluten is prompting an abnormal response in your body. Registered dietitian Brooke Alpert recommends considering an elimination diet if you have these symptoms frequently and starting a conversation with a primary care provider, gastroenterologist, or registered dietitian. It’s important to note that gluten intolerance differs from a gluten allergy and celiac disease so you should seek an expert opinion before making any assumptions or major dietary changes.

More: Do You Have a Gluten Intolerance and Not Know It?

Brain Fog

Brain fog can signal a wide variety of conditions and one of the issues may be gluten intolerance. If you’re having trouble concentrating or thinking clearly, especially after eating gluten, you may benefit from trying an elimination diet to identify or rule out gluten as the source of your problem.

More: The 10-Day Plan for Gluten Sensitivity

Is Your Stomach Cramp Actually Diverticulitis?

It may not just be indigestion.

We've all been there — we get a cramp in our stomach, maybe with some nausea or constipation. It's easy to think it may just be indigestion. But what if it's something more serious like diverticulitis? That's a condition of inflammation or infection in one or more small pouches that can form in your digestive tract. Here's how to tell the difference between the pain and how to know when you should see a doctor.