Yesterday I ate out and thought I would be okay to have some nice food which I honestly thought would not have gluten in it. I was wrong! About one hour after eating I was in pain and had to deal with the discomfort all night long too.
Gluten intolerance is a real deal. And a real pain to live with. Research shows that 10% of the population suffers from gluten intolerance and about 6% doesn’t even know about it or have not been diagnosed with it.
Gluten Intolerance or gluten sensitivity is not easily diagnosed because it is often not considered a health issue by many physicians. The symptoms can indicate or appear to relate to many other illnesses that are more commonly accepted as a treatable disease.
The symptoms may include acid reflux, abdominal pain, fatigue, mental fogginess, depression, headaches or migraines, muscle and join pain etc. It’s sad that people will suffer from these debilitating symptoms at times for years before they are diagnosed. Many people like me, go through years of invasive treatments and drug therapies to minimize symptoms that truly never improve because the cause is not addressed in the first place.
Another problem is that untreated gluten intolerance may lead to more serious illnesses such as anemia, vitamin deficiencies, and auto immune diseases to name a few.
I know from personal experience how gluten affected my health and quality of life. I was anemic for years and underwent numerous invasive testing, an endoscopy and colonoscopy to check for ulcers or cancer, and IV iron treatments. I lost so much weight and became really sick from not being able to eat anything because of stomach pain. It was no fun and the frustration of being misdiagnosed and put on so many drugs were even more revolting.
So, beware! I have some bad days occasionally from lack of discipline or I’ve been tempted to venture just because. I should know better! I am still not 100% but trying to detox some today. It’s hard to stay on track some days, and hard to go through the symptoms that I honestly hate, but at least now I know what is going on and where this comes from!