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What is gluten intolerance?

OK, let’s talk gluten intolerance (or non-Coeliac gluten sensitivity if you want to be technical!).

When we think of Coeliac or gluten intolerance, we tend to think of gut stuff right? Bloating, stomach cramps, etc.

Did you know that gluten intolerance can actually cause widespread symptoms, which may seem to have nothing to do with digestion? Well, it’s true!

Coeliac or gluten intolerant?

First of all, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page. Coeliac is an autoimmune disorder where exposure to gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley, rye) can cause permanent damage to the digestive system (intestines and such).

On the other hand, if you are gluten intolerant, tucking into a bowl of pasta is unlikely to cause any lasting damage to your guts. Having said that, anyone with gluten intolerance will tell you that enjoying a piece of cake with their coffee can lay them up in bed for a day.

So, gluten intolerance is a condition where eating gluten causes unpleasant, even debilitating, symptoms, but the effects of exposure are short-lived and are gone within hours.

Having said that, eating gluten may contribute to the development or worsening of leaky gut in some…but that is a topic for another blog post!

I’m gluten intolerant and cutting gluten out of my diet had a huge effect on my fibromyalgia symptoms, like brain fog, migraines, fatigue, and I wrote about this is my book FibromyAWESOME.

Symptoms can be pretty similar between the two, so it’s important to see your doctor about any of these symptoms, for the correct diagnosis.