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Can gluten intolerance be caused by vegetarianism?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 25, 2012 at 4:10 AM

My daughter and I were both vegetarians for approximately one year. After a couple of years passed, we are now both gluten intolerant (and my daughter developed ulcerative colitis at the same time). It might be related, or it might be just a coincidence. I am just curious if anyone else had a similar experience.

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We're not born with enzymes to break down dairy? I'm pretty sure that is not true. Lactase, lipase, proteases, what more do we need?

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on October 25, 2012
at 04:14 AM

I sort of doubt it. Lots of people on here are gluten intolerant but never went veggie.

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on November 10, 2012
at 04:19 AM

I was vegetarian for 3 years and I am certain that it was a contributing factor to my GI/autoimmune issues. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease earlier this year. I would definitely not say that being vegetarian caused Crohn's, but it served as an environmental trigger (among many others). Similarly, vegetarianism does not cause gluten intolerance, but it sets up the ideal conditions for the body to begin to have obvious and more severe symptoms. For myself, I know that I started eating a lot more grains and legumes once I became vegetarian. That is not to say that I wasn't gluten intolerant prior, but the symptoms were probably not as noticeable or I did not link them to an issue with gluten. For example, I've had migraines dating back to my teenage years. Neither my doctors nor I had ever considered it could be related to gluten intolerance, but my migraines have been eliminated since going Paleo.

As far as the dairy issue, babies are born with lactase in order to digest the mother's milk. For the majority of people, lactase production decreases significantly after infancy. Some ethnic populations have genetic mutations that allow them to continue a higher lactase production, but this isn't the case for many.

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on November 10, 2012
at 01:22 AM

We were not born with enzymes to break down gluten and dairy (aside from mother's milk). The human body however, is very adaptable, so after repeated ingestion of something (ie wheat and dairy) your body will begin to learn how to digest it.

Keep in mind however, that just because it learned to digest something after a while, doesn't mean it wanted to do it, it just had to make due with what you were putting in your body.

Also, after adopting a vegan lifestyle for a while, then going back to gluten and dairy; it just made the inevitable feeling of discomfort feel stronger.

...Comparable to building up a tolerance to caffeine after a while --- then taking a break -- then going back on.

Hope that helps!

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on November 10, 2012
at 01:42 AM

We're not born with enzymes to break down dairy? I'm pretty sure that is not true. Lactase, lipase, proteases, what more do we need?

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on November 08, 2012
at 08:57 AM

I have the same problem, I was vegan for 4 years. Before this i ate gluten and dairy without any problems whatsoever, now I suffer from sever intolerance to both. I believe leading a vegan/vego lifestyle disrupts the chemical processes that occur within the digestive system. I believe i have lost the ability to produce the enzymes that break down dairy and gluten despite eating both for the majority of my life. As a result if i eat either my body feels toxic, and i can not function at optimal level.

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on November 08, 2012
at 08:57 AM

I have the same problem, I was vegan for 4 years. Before this i ate gluten and dairy without any problems whatsoever, now I suffer from sever intolerance to both. I believe leading a vegan/vego lifestyle disrupts the chemical processes that occur within the digestive system. I believe i have lost the ability to produce the enzymes that break down dairy and gluten despite eating both for the majority of my life. As a result if i eat either my body feels toxic, and i can not function at optimal level.

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