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Fast forward to the end of 2013 I moved with my family to Jakarta, Indonesia. With this move, my stomach ache also disappeared. I began to investigate the reason for this. I kept a food diary and, to my surprise, the result was not what I expected but also obvious at the same time.

My diet in the Netherlands consisted mainly of bread, crackers, pasta and dairy in the form of yogurt, cheese, butter and milk. In Indonesia, you mostly eat rice-based foods throughout the day. Dairy was (fortunately) difficult to get and expensive because it was mainly imported. Through my own research I stumble upon this concept called gluten intolerance and realize that all of the signs of gluten sensitivity listed are identical to what I’m experiencing.

There was another symptom I suffered from which the perpetrator is gluten too. It is the skin condition called Keratosis Pilaris. As long as I can remember, I always have an irritated skin on the outer parts of my arms and legs. It seems like I have goosebumps all the time. Not funny. In winter it turns red and exposed to the sun it become lighter.

I’ve always thought that I was born with it and I can not do anything about it. This condition contributed greatly to my insecurity when I was a teenager. I did not dare to wear short sleeves and short skirts because of my skin condition.

Does my story sound familiar to you? Can you relate to my experience? Then read my 10 symptoms that could be a sign that you have gluten intolerance.

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