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What gluten is, and why some people are intolerant

Gluten is a substance that many of us have heard of mentioned, but never actually found out what it is, or how it interacts with our bodies. Gluten is considered a protein substance present in certain grains and breads, and if you have a sensitivity to gluten it may become apparent after the consumption of these foods. For people who are gluten intolerant there are some common signs and symptoms you should look for to determine if you are having a reaction.

Skin problems are typical after gluten exposure in a sensitive individual, as well as mouth soreness, bloating, abdominal cramps with diarrhea, and headaches. All symptoms may not be experienced each time, as one person may get a certain set and avoid other traits. Sometimes symptoms take a while to fully expose themselves, and some individuals may not even be aware that they are having a reaction to gluten.

The causes of gluten intolerance are not fully known or understood, much the same as other allergies and their mechanisms of action are still a mystery. However it is known that gluten can cause negative reactions in individuals who are sensitive, and proper precautions must be taken to avoid coming into contact with any product that includes gluten as an ingredient.

These are not all the important considerations with gluten sensitivity, but some of the main things to think about. Some people do not even notice their intolerance until later in life, as gluten reactions can range from subtle to severe. It is ultimately up to the individual to decide the best course of action to rectify this, and further avoid gluten products.

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