Some people have asked us how we know when we have ingested gluten? What are our symptoms? So I thought I would share. My son is the one in our house that was first diagnosed with being Celiac. My husband has since discovered that he does much better when he eats gluten free as well. He has not been tested but feels like this is making a world of difference for him. My daughters and I also follow a gluten free diet most of the time. Although it is not necessary for us.
Ingesting Gluten can cause so many different symptoms for those who are intolerant or Celiac. If you feel you have an issue please research and learn as much as you can. We are our own best advocate and that is how we finally got to the bottom of the cause of our symptoms. We are also still learning about our own related symptoms, and limitations. It is key to be in tune to your body and what you are eating. You are what you eat, and the key to many illnesses and discomforts can be found in your diet.
Our Gluten Symptoms
So in our house, the first signs of my son ingesting gluten is his behavior. My son is a really good kid. I know I am his mom, but seriously….he is kind, courteous, and calm. If he eats something with gluten he gets irritable, aggravated, and short tempered. He can also get this way if he hasn’t slept well. LOL. It just comes down to being in tune with him and knowing that something is off.
The next thing to go is his focus. It causes some type of brain fog that is like nothing I have ever seen. It basically causes him to not be able process simple things that we do on a daily basis. When he has been glutened, school work goes out the window for a couple days because his attention span is gone. He can’t think clearly to spell words that normally roll off his tongue. It’s like the light bulb has been turned off in his brain.
He becomes emotional. Boys don’t like to cry. To them it is a sign of weakness. My son will literally tear up and say “I don’t know why I am crying.” It is like he looses control of his emotions. This disturbs him the most. He tends to retreat to his room until he feels better.
It also effects his respiratory system. He will become very congested, coughing, and wheezing. We usually don’t see this symptom unless he has been exposed to gluten or is sick. His breathing has gotten much better over the last couple years, but one exposure and it is terrible.
Of course one of the most typically symptoms is stomach upset. It causes bloating, gas, and constipation in my house.
I have said it so many times, but is still rings true. The best way I can describe how he feels when he gets gluten-ed is like he has the flu. He aches all over, gets headaches, stomach discomfort, doesn’t sleep well, he is just not himself.
Lastly is a symptom we have just recently become aware of. Gluten effects his joints. My son is an 11 year old active boy. If he eats something with gluten, he walks around like an old man for a week. His knees pop, he just feels sore, and tired. It is not unusual for him to ask me for a pain reliever.
Now my husband has been gluten free completely for almost a year. I believe he wishes he would have done this his entire life. He was very sick as a baby and had to have knee surgery in his early 20’s. He used to get physically ill after eating a plate of pasta, or pizza. No one ever questioned any of it.
Now that he has been gluten free, and on a generally healthier diet, I can note the following things because I have watched it happen.
- He has a better attitude and is more personable. It has greatly reduced any depression, anxiety and irritability
- He hasn’t been sick, at all. Not even a sniffle.
- He hasn’t had any heartburn or stomach problems. This is huge!
- He hasn’t complained about his knees at all. Again, huge because he has been running every day. Before he would have been in a ton of pain.
- He has more energy and is sleeping less.
He really has a better understanding of how what he eats effects him and changes the way he feels. It has been eye-opening for all of us.
Me and the Girls
My daughters and I do not have a gluten sensitivity….BUT….we generally feel better when we don’t eat gluten. That being said. It is possible that we have a slight gluten sensitivity, but we are all really in tune with what we eat. In general we eat a very healthy diet.
I can eat a cookie, or a sandwich and be totally ok. However if I eat more than one or two servings in a day I may end up feeling bloated, tired, and have a headache the next day. It is very rare for me to eat gluten anymore because I just feel better when I don’t have it.
My daughters do eat the occasional sandwich or treat as well. For the most part we just eat healthy foods; fruits, veggies, nuts, and meats. We just don’t keep a lot of gluten in the house. My daughters both have a milk allergy which is a whole other story for another day. Eliminating gluten & dairy seems to really help them feel their best and stay in a good mood.
I can go on and on about how being gluten free has helped us. How has it helped you? What are your symptoms? Feel free to share in the comments below.