11. Unexplained Weight Gain
One of the many side effects of celiac disease is unexplained weight gain. The gaining of weight might not be a direct result of gluten intolerance, but rather a side effect of a malfunctioning gut. Apart from the digestive system causing problems, the body also doesn’t take in all the nutrients found in the ingested food and before you know it, things spiral out of control.
People who are gluten intolerant poison their bodies without actually knowing it. As they consume gluten-rich foods, the inner lining of the small intestine starts to become inflamed. When the small intestine is inflamed, tiny fissures appear and bacteria and other food molecules escape into the bloodstream. These foreign molecules are seen as foreign substances in the bloodstream and the white blood cells start to attack the molecules, causing more inflammation.
The biggest problem with gluten intolerance is that people are unaware that they have it and poison their bodies on a daily basis. The symptoms that only manifest 72 hours after ingestion also don’t help in the detection process. Thus, with time, the damage to the intestines is done repeatedly and inflammation spreads through the body. This makes for the perfect environment to pick up weight.
The easiest way to determine if it is gluten that is the cause of weight gain is by the process of illumination. If you gradually decrease or cut the gluten out of your diet, you detox your body of gluten. If your body weight starts to drop, chances are you are gluten intolerant. To be sure, however, you need to reintroduce the gluten-rich foods, one at a time. When you do this, you will be able to see if you gain weight again.