Living a Gluten-Free Lifestyle
Gluten is a protein present in wheat, barley, rye and sometimes oats. Gluten is responsible for the elastic texture of dough. It is the primary ingredient in bread, crackers, pasta but is also used as a thickener in many dishes. For people who are sensitive to gluten, their reaction can be anywhere from mild to extreme. For those with the autoimmune condition, Celiac disease, gluten can be extremely harmful. Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that results in an immune reaction that damages the small intestine.
A diet that restricts gluten is not difficult once you understand what foods not to eat and how to avoid cross-contamination. Today, there are many healthy, good tasting options using alternative grains and other food substitutes. With a little coaching going gluten-free has many benefits.
Testing is simple and can be done in our office.
Gluten Elimination Can Help Joint Pain
It’s basically the body’s inability to digest the gluten protein found in wheat and certain grains. People with several gluten intolerances have what’s called celiac disease. This is a severe autoimmune disorder that causes damage in the small intestine.