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Flu-like symptoms from glutenfree grains?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 03, 2013 at 2:03 PM

I've constantly been having flu-like symptoms, like fatigue and headaches for about a year now. I cut out gluten from my diet 2 years ago, but I still eat glutenfree grains. Can those also cause those kinds of symptoms? If someone has a problem with, say corn or buckwheat, would that show on an allergy test?

When I google "grains flu-like symptoms", the information I find is on Wheat, not other grains.

Please help, thanks in advance.

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on April 03, 2013
at 04:53 PM

If I had to go with some grains I guess I'd choose quinoa or white rice, few people complaining about them so a good bet maybe.

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I see. Fatigue and headaches are first symptoms of either adrenal fatigue, hypoglycaemia and hypothyroidism so if the food part seems ok then you could try to get all this checked. Don't know what kind of life you have but at least you said that have been under stress so it may have something to do with this. If you eat lots of different greens and fruits you could still try to keep one apart some time just to be safe, there's people even with intolerance to berries, potatoes and the most unimaginable foods.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on April 03, 2013
at 03:24 PM

Elimination diet. Just eliminate them and see what effect it has.

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on April 03, 2013
at 02:38 PM

Stick to white rice. Brown rice, buckwheat and even corn are whole grains and as such should be avoided (insoluble fiber, antinutrients etc)

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048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

on April 03, 2013
at 02:17 PM

It is still possible because gluten is not the only supposedly harmful anti-nutrient to look after in grains. Most grains, legumes and nuts have many forms of lectins and phytates that can cause bowel irritation and thus mess with the gut and make you feel bad. That's in theory, of course.

But for the specific symptoms you point (fatigue and headaches) I have had them even when avoiding most grains. Are they triggered just after a meal or do they appear some time after? Maybe it's not grain/gluten related at all.

Do you eat dairy? Some cheese (aged and from cow mostly) are said to be common migraine triggers, also some veggies, caffeinated drinks, etc. I'd look very close to them if you are eating them.

Avoiding a certain family (grains/nightshades/dairy...) for a certain amount of time and keeping a log may help in finding out which is the one causing the harm (assuming that it's a food related thing, of course).

Also have a look at phenylalanine, histamine, nitrites.. they are in many kinds of processed foods and are known to be very common migraine triggers.

A link I was looking at yesterday on this topic: http://superiorsites3.com/NNS02DietMigraineHeadaches.htm

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on April 03, 2013
at 02:12 PM

I don't think many of us on here would eat buckwheat or corn regularly. I've had a couple of different types of buckwheat myself before - one gave me classic wheat symptoms (perhaps contaminated) the other felt alright. Corn I might let slip in sometimes but I hardly eat it.

Do you need a gluten grain alternative? Try swapping them for potatoes.

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on April 03, 2013
at 02:50 PM

Thanks for your answers.

I do not consume processed foods, dairy, soy, refined sugar, wheat or caffeine. I would rather keep at least some gluten free grains in my time, as I would just find it hard to give them up. I'm kind of a lazy eater, so I would probably end up undereating if I gave them up, even when eating potatoes, which I do try to eat a lot of.

I myself think my problems could easily be stress related, but I just wanted to know if glutenfree grains could possibly cause this kind of problem.

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

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on April 03, 2013
at 04:53 PM

If I had to go with some grains I guess I'd choose quinoa or white rice, few people complaining about them so a good bet maybe.

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

(3150)

on April 03, 2013
at 04:53 PM

I see. Fatigue and headaches are first symptoms of either adrenal fatigue, hypoglycaemia and hypothyroidism so if the food part seems ok then you could try to get all this checked. Don't know what kind of life you have but at least you said that have been under stress so it may have something to do with this. If you eat lots of different greens and fruits you could still try to keep one apart some time just to be safe, there's people even with intolerance to berries, potatoes and the most unimaginable foods.

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