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So I've been gluten free for a little while now. I don't know if this is related to it, but I feel like i cant drink enough water. I normally drink plenty of water throughout the day and I am a runner so I am very well aware of the need to stay hydrated. Lately since I've been gluten free I just feel dry; my skin feels dry, my eyes get dry,my nose and throat, and I hate to say it, but even my stools are extremely dry and hard ( but I wouldnt say I'm constipated). I eat plenty of fruits and veggies and my all around diet is very good and I make sure I get enough healthy fats and oils in my diet. I rarely eat processed foods.

I don't want to say that I am dehydrated b/c my urine is typically clear thoughout the day ( with exception in the morning it is a little darker yellow, but not to the point where it would be considered dehydration.) I dont drink coffee. the only caffine I take in is through green tea, which I have 2 or 3 times a day at the most.

Has anyone ever experienced this before after going gluten free?

its funny too b/c people in my family say I look thinner, but I actaully am the same wieght. My clothes even fit me better....

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Yes, it is one of the classic symptoms. Many people here have experienced the same thing. I recall that I could not get enough water and thought I was tripping over my tongue when I spoke. (well, more than usual).

If I recall correctly, a very large percentage (80%? or more?) of fluids are absorbed through the small intestines. So if the villi are damaged, it would hinder that absorption.

Do what you body is telling you to do and it will slowly subside.


Lisa

Gluten Free - August 15, 2004

"Not all who wander are lost" - JRR Tolkien

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thanks! that makes sense. now that I think of it, I had always got really thirsty after eating my entire life. People always ask me how I can drink so much water with a meal, but it always seems that even after on bite of something I have to drink water. I could never unerstand how someone could sit and eat a whole meal and not touch water....or even eat a handful of pretzels-haha

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Ditto. My average daily intake of water is in excess of a gallon/4 liters. Watch your sodium levels though. You might actually want to get them checked and get a CBC workup. I had to increase my sodium as it was one of the things I was not absorbing properly.


Undiagnosed for 20 years since first symptoms.

March 2009 - Negative Blood work

April 24, 2009 - Gluten-free

April 29, 2009 - Notably positive response to gluten-free Diet.

May 2, 2009 Dairy Free

May 6, 2009, Soy Free

May 27, 2009 Enterolab Results: Positive Anti-gliadin IgA, tTG IgA, Casein, HLA DQ2.2, HLA DQ8

June 4, 2009 Refined sugar free (except Raw Honey, pure Maple syrup)

June 29, 2009, Dad diagnosed Celiac by GI specialist via blood work and dietary response.

July 2009, Dad's gene test: double DQ8! Thanks Dad - I'll try to get you something nice for Christmas! :)

August 8, 2009 Really Soy free this time - Thanks Blue Diamond for the soy lecithin in the almond milk! :(

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