Lisa, I am having stomach issues and I may have a gluten intolerance problem. What does this mean? What are the symptoms? What can I eat? What foods should I avoid?
Gluten intolerance is a sensitivity to gluten. Gluten is a protein found in grains. Wheat, rye, and barley are all grains that have gluten in them. These grains are used for breads, cereals, beverages, and various other bake goods. It is estimated that over two million Americans have this problem. The problem is when eating food made from one of these grains, the stomach is not a happy camper.
The unhappy camper then rampages like a bear with a picnic basket that was caught in action of making off with it. Very much like the cartoon Yogi Bear when he was caught stealing the picnic basket. The adverse reaction to gluten causes the mind to be “foggy”. The bear’s reaction is “What picnic basket”? Followed by symptoms of ADHD behavior. “What picnic basket? Squirrel!” This is followed by the bear grabbing the stomach because the bread on the sandwich is causing pain, bloating, and cramping. More symptoms follow as the gluten makes its way through the body: diarrhea, pain spreading to joints and bones, and a headache. Then depression. It is obvious to the bear the stuff in the picnic basket was not in his best interest. By now the body is just wore out and by the time it settles down it is time to eat again, hence starting the entire process over.
It is also very curious that most of these grains are genetically modified or GMO. The modification is to prevent the grain from suffering insect infections and harsh weather to produce abundance crops. Many countries outside the United States bans uses of GMO products.
Currently, the only testing that can be done to confirm a gluten sensitivity is testing positive for allergy to the grains or not testing positive for celiac disease. There is new evidence-based research that is showing that gluten sensitivity is a real condition and considered a non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) diagnosis. Non-celiac gluten sensitivity is an autoimmune disorder triggered by ingesting gluten.
So a bear learns that it can eat anything if it is willing to put up with the adverse reactions of the body. The bear learns that not everything that looks good is really good for the body. Staying away from all foods with any type of gluten in them will keep you from having any adverse reactions. This is difficult for many because much of the food intake is gluten based in the United States. It makes food choices difficult to buy and eat. But like the bear, if you stick to the caveman style diet of fruits, vegetables, meats, and avoid all the baking goods, cereals, processed foods, you will feel much better. Camping will be more enjoyable along with daily life and now you know why Yogi the Bear wasn’t allowed picnic basket food. He was gluten intolerant.
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