can gluten free diets cause gluten intolerance over time?

I've heard that a person who is not gluten sensitive who goes on a gluten free diet for an extended period of time will lose the ability to digest gluten and therefore become gluten intolerant. Is there any way the body could forget how to produce enzymes for gluten over time?

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Do Non-Smokers Develop Smoke Intolerance Over Time?
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

So I'd like you to put this question into the context of a smoker. If someone smoked for several years, they can smoke without coughing or apparent irritation. But imagine that same person quits smoking for several years with no exposure to smoke.

The first time that they inhale smoke again, it will be as if they never smoked. They will cough and choke because cigarette smoke is inherently in all people at all times, an irritant and is not good for you. A healthy body reacts to cigarette smoke with coughing and choking because the body is having a healthy response to something that is bad for you. But you wouldn't say that a smoker developed 'smoke intolerance' because they didn't smoke for a long time, right? You correctly recognize that smoke is inherently bad and that coughing and choking is the CORRECT response to it.

It's the same way with gluten. Gluten is, in all cases and in all people, an irritant- just to differing degrees. Once you stop eating it, the intestinal cells that had been killed, inflamed and irritated are now healing again and your digestive immune system (known as the Gut Associated Lymphatic Tissue or GALT) is able to heal and grow back. After not being on gluten for a long time, if you eat gluten again and have a bad reaction then you probably never could digest gluten, but your digestive tract was so damaged that you just simply couldn't put up an immune reaction anymore. Similar to how a smoker doesn't cough after smoking for a long time.

While it seems like you've BECOME gluten intolerant, you've actually BEEN gluten intolerant all along, but have lost your ability to react to it. After getting off gluten, you simply regain your ability to react to the irritating and inflammatory substance that gluten is that you should never have been eating in the first place....

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
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