The confusion lies as to whether someone who does not have celiac can still be gluten sensitive or whether it stems from something else. Overall, gluten can be extremely inflammatory. So if it's causing you distress, steer clear of it. But don't stop there. Be responsible for your health and investigate what other triggers may be contributing to your issues.
Some common gut irritants include, but certainly are not limited to:
- FODMAPS **
- Too many fats
- A low fiber diet or too high of a diet in fiber (need to find your tipping point)
- Lack of sleep or high amounts of stress
Take a hard look at what you are eating, who you are spending time with, how much sleep you are getting and your life as a whole. Where can you add things in while crowding out the negatives in your life. What's on your plate? Do you feel good in the morning and then feel bloated later in the day? Perhaps it's that afternoon protein shake you had. Maybe it's the FODMAP fruits and veggies you had at lunch. Maybe you had a stressful lunch meeting and can't digest your meal. Mitigate the damage by being your own scientist. You won't get the answers you are seeking from a lab.
Here is a list of FODMAP foods if you care to investigate that a little more. I personally have not done a FODMAP elimination diet, but have worked on rotating my foods in general which seems to work for me.
As Hippocrates said "Let Food Be Thy Medicine"---our healing is more than likely right on the plate in front of us.