A recent conversation with a friend was cause for me to begin doing some research and this is what I found.
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Nutritional deficiencies due to malabsorption e.g. low iron levels
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Aching joints
- Head aches
- Irritability and behavioural changes
- Infertility, irregular menstrual cycle and miscarriage
- Cramps, tingling and numbness
- Slow infant and child growth
- Decline in dental health
- Muscle weakness
- Canker sores
These are some of the symptoms one may experience when suffering from a gluten allergy, sensitivity or intolerance.
This information has been a real eye-opener for me because I suffer/have suffered from several of the symptoms listed above. In addition, Lili and Naomi also have some of these symptoms.
Yes, I understand that having ‘some’ of the symptoms listed doesn’t necessarily mean any of us are suffering from a problem with gluten. However, some dietary changes over several months would certainly help us confirm or rule out gluten as the culprit. So, armed with some new-found knowledge and some very good sounding recipes I am moving forward with my plan to create a gluten-free environment for my family.
To my bloggy friends who have already discovered the health benefits of gluten-free living and would like to share your experiences, guidance and/or recipes with me, please do. I don’t pretend to go into this thinking that eating gluten for this many years and suddenly giving it up is going to be an easy change to make, but I do think it’s necessary to try to live gluten-free and see if any of us have some positive health changes as a result.
Wish me luck!