Reflux, wind, IBS, pain and constipation are symptoms that suggest that you might be. Gluten intolerance can also affect you in other ways.
Frequent infections, aches and pains, skin rashes, autoimmune conditions, anxiety, sleep issues, PMS, infertility, thyroid problems and fatigue may also suggest your body has an issue with gluten.
If you think you might be gluten intolerant you should get tested for coeliac disease, an autoimmune condition that damages the gut lining. If your test comes back negative you may still have a gluten intolerance. This is an immune response but doesn't cause damage to the gut wall.
If you have digestive symptoms try avoiding gluten for a month and see how you feel. Just be careful buying gluten free processed products as they may be full of sugar and other not so good ingredients. Also gluten is hidden in a lot of products you might not expect so read the labels. With digestive symptoms you should begin to feel better during this period.
After a few weeks try reintroducing gluten slowly, maybe start with oats and if you have no problem then after a few days add something else back into the diet to find out what is causing the problem.
It may be that you are reacting to other foods as well such as eggs or dairy. Keep a food diary so you can see what you have eaten and when you have symptoms. If you are unsure what you can eat on a gluten free diet or how to manage your symptoms seek nutritional advice. I have lots of recipes using all sorts of ingredients to make great cakes, cookies and other things that are usually made with wheat flour. Contact me if you would like some ideas, or follow Improve Nutrition on facebook where I post recipes quite regularly
Non-digestive symptoms can take a longer to go away when you stop eating gluten and are best managed under advice from a nutritional therapist who takes a holistic view in supporting your health. Contact me if you would like some support.