You hear a lot these days about gluten. More and more people are deciding to go gluten-free in an effort to lose weight or improve health. Many believe gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley) could be responsible for their lack of energy, depression, and digestive issues. In a few cases gluten could be the culprit, but more than likely the improved health and weight loss that come from going gluten free is due to a reduction in the amount of calories and carbohydrates consumed.

Deciding whether gluten is at the root of your health problems is not a decision you should make on your own. Before going gluten-free, take your concerns to your doctor. If you truly have gluten sensitivity, it’s vitally important to be diagnosed before eliminating gluten. Necessary tests will not prove conclusive otherwise.

Wonder whether you truly have gluten sensitivity and should go gluten-free? If you have a wheat allergy, celiac disease, or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, here are the symptoms you would experience on a regular basis.