Could Shortness of Breath after Eating be Due to Gluten Sensitivity?

by Jordan
(Houston, Texas)

I have noticed lately that while eating I get short of breath and I am not able to breathe through my nose. Sometimes it can take almost an hour after eating to be able to breathe normally. Is this at all related to a sensitivity to gluten?

Every meal I have has some type of carbohydrate like bread or pasta. I always feel bloated and uncomfortable as well.

Thank you for your response.

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Shortness of breath with meals...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Jordan,

Wow! That is seriously crazy. You should ABSOLUTELY get a full cardiac workup by your doctor and get any serious heart issues ruled out. Shortness of breath is often a symptom of heart problems, and anytime you eat it diverts a certain amount of blood from your bloodstream to digest food- and maybe that's just too big a load on your heart if you have something going on with it.

So, really, I suggest that you go see your doctor ASAP and get an EKG and preferably a treadmill test just to be on the safe side.

So, in the MEANTIME, since you are ALSO bloated and uncomfortable after meals- that would make me suspicious that those are the classic Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance.

So, get your heart checked out and get off of gluten. If that doesn't help, then it's possible that you are having an allergic reaction to SOMETHING in your food and that you might need to try an 'elimination' diet in order to figure out what that is.

But get your heart checked out first.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Immune System

PS. Get your heart checked...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

PS: Even if you think that I am crazy, get your heart checked out anyway. Shortness of breath WITH NO OTHER SYMPTOMS can very much be a symptom of heart problems and as far as I'm concerned (and I was an ER nurse for over 10 years, so I know what I'm talking about) shortness of breath is a heart problem until it's proven NOT to be a heart problem!

Common in my family
by: Anonymous


Both my mother and sister have an intolerance to gluten, and both experience shortness of breath after eating gluten. This is their dominent symptom. I suspect I am gluten intolerant too since I experience the same symptoms. They went for an allergy test (blood test) to confirm their intolerance.

Allergy Test will not necessarily show anything wrong
by: Kerri Knox, The Immune System Queen

Please read my pages on gluten. Gluten sensitivity may not show up on allergy tests since it's not an allergy at all in many cases, but an autoimmune disease or an intolerance, or simply an inflammatory response. When it comes to gluten, just paying attention to your own body is the best plan of action. If you eat gluten and you have ANY reaction, then don't eat gluten. It's really that simple.

Kerri Knox, RN

Finally someone understands!
by: Anonymous

I had to give up wheat products because I honestly felt shortness of breath after eating wheat & everyone was telling me I was crazy. Just today I had two gluten free tortillas (Because I missed them so much) & experienced the Lightheaded, dizziness, and shortness of breath I experienced when I eat wheat. Does this happen to you too?

by: Anonymous

I also started having shortness of breath, so severe at times it felt like I was suffocating yet my pulse ox was normal. Had my heart checked and was normal. This went on for a couple months so I started doing research about my Hashimotos because I was told that I needed to be on a gluten free diet because of it. I started the gluten free diet and the shortness of breath went away and stays gone unless I accidentally eat something with gluten in it.

Corn chips
by: Anonymous

The reason why some of us experience the same symptoms (or even more severe in my case) that gluten gives us when eating corn products is that the protein that makes up corn is almost identical to gluten protein, so our body acts as if we've had gluten.

Its called "cross reactive" foods. Corn, millet, oats and many other grains are in this list. Some people can't even eat eggs. Well, what do chickens who lay the eggs eat? Corn and grains.

I have exactly the same thing
by: Anonymous

I too have been very unwell since October, unwell previously and for ages now have noticed severe breathless after I eat. All heart and lung tests normal. I have narrowed it down to carbs and I think wheat/gluten so this is my first day on a totally Gluten Free Diet. I hope it works as I am getting desperate now.

Gluten tightens my chest and makes me cough
by: Anonymous

Gluten makes me feel like I'm having an asthma attack

Gluten side effects
by: Anonymous

Gluten can cause high blood pressure which results in trouble breathing. If you experience low energy , dizziness, and start getting anxiety attacks this is caused by gluten.

Your body may not be taking in all of the vitamins and nutrients required. Check with your doctor and see where your b12, iron, etc.. are at. I had really low B12 (which leads to anxiety attacks) because my body was not absorbing the vitamins required. When you have shortness of breath try checking your blood pressure and see what it is at.

Also if you are gluten intolerant, you may also experience some of the effects when you eat gluten free bread. Your body is so use to having these symptoms when you eat bread(gluten) that it will mimic the same symptoms when you eat gluten free bread.

by: Anonymous

Hi guys
ive just had an endoscopy to see if i have Celiacs
im terribly tired my iron levels are down & im short of breath feels like a heavy chest .. like someone standing on my chest :(
Im constantly suffering with mouth ulcers in my mouth & on my tongue . i've recently turned diabetic type 2 .i'm already on B12 injections as i have Pernicious Anemia .. feeling all alone and unwell ..its like no ones listening ..i'm waiting for the biopsies to come back from the endoscopy it feels like a lifetime in the waiting ... feel as if my throats blocked ...drinking gaviscon by the bottle .. stomach pains ..had my heart checked last night i had an ecg at A&E it came back ok .im short of breath again since tea time :( feeling sad & unhappy x

by: Anonymous

I have had the same problems lately. I get so SOB with any activity for a full day after eating gluten. I have had 2 Tests run to check for heart problems and they were normal. My allergy tests are normal and blood work is fine. This does not happen when I am gluten free. I cannot find any articles explaining the etiology behind this symptom. Is there any research out there?

Get off of gluten
by: Kerri

Holy cow you two, do you really need research to tell you to get off of gluten? You sound like it makes you VERY ill and there is plenty of research on gluten that it causes HUNDREDS of health problems. I've had friends and clients tell me about the CRAZIEST things that went away when they stopped eating gluten. Stop worrying about finding research for your exact symptoms and just... get off of gluten!!!

You do not need a positive biopsy to tell you that gluten is bad for you. Just stop eating gluten when it's obviously making you sick.

Not Really
by: Jose

A biopsy will not tell you if you have gluten sensitivity which is basically the same. You need to see a functional medicine and have him order a complete sensitivity test which cost around $220.

Grains can do the same so just checking to see if you are gluten allergic will not help. I am not gluten allergic, but I do have gluten sensitivity which at the end is the same. In my case, I do not even feel sick after eating gluten but I have the symptoms all the time because I ate gluten for 50+ years.

The cure? Stop eating gluten, maybe stop eating grains or any trigger food. How, get a complete sensitivity test and not just the gluten so you have a complete picture and not just a partial picture which might not help you at all.

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