The Scoop on Gluten Free Diets:
“An estimated 99 percent of people who have a problem with eating gluten don’t even know it. They ascribe their ill health or symptoms to something else–not gluten sensitivity, which is 100 percent curable.”- Mark Hyman, M.D. (2010). Gluten: What You Don’t Know Might Kill you. The Huffington Post
What is a gluten free diet?
A gluten free diet consists of removing all damaging grains (barley, rye, wheat, and most oats) from food and beverages. If you live a gluten free lifestyle, you should also be careful to avoid hidden ingredients common in processed foods containing gluten (such as certain sauces, flavoring, and starches) and those found in certain medications. Wheat/gluten is often over processed and used in numerous food products as a filler which bulks up a product. Because the gluten is often so over processed and modified, many people’s bodies are not capable of absorbing it.
Who should follow a gluten free diet?
We (Jessika and Veronika) have celiac disease. Celiac disease is an inherited auto-immune disorder in which the small intestine can not digest gluten, a protein found in barley, rye, wheat, and most oats. If celiac disease goes untreated and you do not remove gluten from your diet, you may experience serious or life threatening conditions such as certain types of intestinal cancer and infertility. Therefore it is vital that people with celiac disease follow a gluten free diet. Some people who are tested for celiac disease get mixed results but still find they are gluten intolerant. These people feel better when they eat gluten free. People who have other auto-immune disorders often associated with celiac disease (such as Lupus, Crohns disease, Fibromyalgia, and skin disorders such as Psoraiasis) may benefit from removing gluten from their diets because gluten may act as an irritant and may cause inflammation throughout the body.
How do I know if I should live a gluten free lifestyle?
If you suspect you should remove gluten from your diet or if you suspect you may have celiac disease or an associated condition, you should consult your medical practitioner first and ask for a blood test. At Double Take Diets , we are not engaged in rendering medical services. We encourage living a gluten free lifestyle but we neither claim to be medical experts nor claim that a gluten free diet is for everyone.
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