Gluten Intolerance: One Step Below Celiac

Written by Don P on . Posted in Challenge #5

(Reading time: 1 - 2 minutes) - Gluten Intolerance

Part One of my exploration into the gluten spectrum explored celiac disease and hopefully scared more shit out of you than gluten itself. Now we'll take one step back and look at "gluten intolerance." If celiac disease is the "full-blown AIDS" of the gluten world, then gluten intolerance can be considered HIV.

Quick Facts

  • Gluten intolerance is NOT auto-immune disorder.
  • Symptoms are VERY similar to celiac disease.
  • Everything that has ever tasted amazing and delicious contains Gluten.

Gluten Intolerance

Unlike celiac disease, a gluten intolerance won't give you cancer or destroy your intestines — that's the good news. However, it will still make you feel pretty much like absolute shit. The kind of feeling single women in their thirties get while watching their last sorority sister get married. Don't worry, honey, there's a pint of ice cream waiting in the freezer.

People with gluten intolerance still do experience gastrointestinal symptoms when gluten is ingested, but doesn't trigger an auto-immune response in the body that causes internal damage. Dietary guidelines are similar to those of celiac disease even though for the gluten intolerant no long term damage appears to occur when gluten is ingested. An estimated 10-50% of people suffer from gluten intolerance, which is a huge fucking number considering less than 1% of the population suffers from celiac disease.


The Mild Symptoms
  • Bloating/Gas
  • Abdominal Discomfort
  • Diarrhea
  • Joint Pain/Muscle Weakness
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Lethargy
  • Difficulty Focusing
  • Mood Swings
  • Hyperactivity
  • ADHD


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