For most people they can grow up for long periods of their lives oblivious to the fact that their systems are gluten sensitive. At least when it’s all the way gluten intolerance then your body really lets you know that something you’re feeding it shouldn’t be on the menu and you subsequently go on to learn that you should avoid eating anything with gluten in it.
Gluten sensitivity on the other hand is a little bit more of a delicate issue because essentially what it means is that your body reacts to gluten to a certain degree, most likely as a warning that you should probably not be eating anything with gluten in it and if you continue the sensitivity gets worse. Things can get really complicated with gluten sensitivity because it often doesn’t manifest in isolation.
When you’re gluten sensitive you often have other food allergies to go with it, such as an allergy to eggs, peanuts (and peanut butter) and many other nuts.
I know some people whose gluten intolerance started out as mild gluten sensitivity along with a reaction to eggs and then progressed to full on gluten intolerance. They eat anything with gluten in it and they start breaking out with some pimple-like sores on their faces and then complain about feeling dizzy at the most inopportune of times, like experiencing the vertigo as they’re waking up from their sleep.
In other instances gluten sensitivity is paired with something like the symptoms one experiences if they have candida overgrowth or celiac disease. When you eat sugary foods or take your first bite of bread then your ears itch. This is one of so many reasons why gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity is such a complicated condition to have to deal with and we haven’t even begun talking about just how limiting it is to your food choices.
Now in the modern world we’re living right now pretty much all processed food contains gluten and the really bad thing about this is that gluten-free is a “thing” – a rather expensive thing.
There are specialist shops that cater to the gluten free “lifestyle” and because they target what is perceived to be a high-demand but exclusive group of people, they somehow feel it’s okay to charge what are nothing short of exorbitant prices. The other option you have is to eliminate as much processed foods from your diet as possible and chow down on whole foods and fresh foods.
Unfortunately going organic is also seen as one of those exclusive lifestyle choices, so organic foods are also quite costly, but gluten sensitivity and gluten intolerance is a health condition which could very well get elevated to life-threatening levels, so one has no choice but to listen to their bodies and be sure to steer clear of gluten-containing foods. It can get seriously challenging so make no mistake about the challenge that lies ahead, especially since there are instances when some foods are labelled to possibly contain traces of gluten as they’re processed in food plants that also process foods which contain allergens such as gluten, peanuts, etc.