Do I have gluten sensitivity?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 19, 2012 at 4:11 PM

I have no symptoms such as abdominal discomfort or malnutrition but skin problems.

Here are Pics: http://i.imgur.com/XToFi.jpg


What do you think it is (eczema? keratosis pilaris? ? Is it related to gluten?

I removed gluten from my diet for 6 days with this result: http://i.imgur.com/sWeKP.jpg


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on September 19, 2012
at 04:47 PM

You can be gluten intolerant (meaning you are having an auto-immune reaction to gluten) without any intestinal/stomach issues at all.

For example, if I eat gluten I feel just fine, until 24 hours later when my arthritis flairs up and I start becoming anxious and foggy-brained. But, I never have cramps, gas, diarrhea, etc...



on September 19, 2012
at 05:51 PM

I could be the gluten, or if you tolerate it well otherwise, it could be something else entirely. Elimination diet over a period of weeks will give you hints. You probably need at least a couple weeks for skin to clear up before making the call. And then you'd ideally reintroduce it to see if there's an effect.



on September 19, 2012
at 06:24 PM

  1. I really do not know what your skin condition is. It does not look like eczema, but I am not a doctor so I do not really know. If you go to a doctor, he will be able to tell you.

Do you think it is somehow connected to your diet?

I think you should go to a dermatologist or a general practitioner or a naturopath. Just be very careful about the drugs they give you - I was once prescribed an antibiotic for ... dry skin!

  1. As for gluten sensitivity. For me personally - I did not have any GI issues at all. I only had an extreme fatigue that was not connected to food (or it was very hard to establish the connection since I had some gluten with every meal).

The easiest way to figure out whether you are gluten intolerant or not is to be on a gluten-free dairy-free (and even grain-free) diet (possibly Autoimmune Paleo) for a good month or even more.

After that (this is the worst part) pick a day and load yourself with gluten - pasta, pizza, everything. If you feel horrible after ingesting gluten, you are definitely gluten sensitive. If not, you are not gluten-intolerant.

This is the method I learned from Terry Wahls but personally I never had to load up on carbs. I started feeling much better without gluten so I could feel my body was responding well to a gluten free diet.

Also, even if you are not gluten intolerant, I would still stick with either grain-free Paleo or the Perfect Health Diet (gluten-free). It is just better for your health in the long run.


on September 19, 2012
at 04:48 PM

How much dairy do you eat? I had similar issues til I dropped dairy. Also, I have found upping my avocado intake and supplimenting with fermented cod liver oil really helped my skin issues.

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