A Gluten-Free Diet
Gluten-free and feeling good.
There are several reasons to start or stay on a gluten-free diet. An estimated 1 in 133 people have celiac disease, which causes digestive problems in the small intestine brought on by the presence of gluten. In addition, many have found that a gluten-free diet, while challenging, can be beneficial when dealing with other disorders such as autism, ADHD and multiple sclerosis.
So what is gluten?
Gluten is an important source of nutritional protein for practically every culture on the planet. It's found in wheat, rye, barley and other similar grains.
Because these grains are prevalent in many of the foods we eat, it takes a sharp eye to intentionally avoid gluten. Some naturally gluten-free foods, such as oats, can be processed in wheat facilities, causing contamination. If you're starting a gluten-free diet, it's important to spot products that are clearly marked "gluten-free." And remember, wheat-free isn't the same as gluten-free.
Celiac disease affects more than 3 million Americans, most of them undiagnosed. When a person with celiac disease eats gluten, their immune system attacks the lower intestine, which, in turn, limits nutrient absorption. Untreated, this can lead to major medical issues. Unfortunately, it takes four years on average for a person with symptoms to get diagnosed. The reason being that symptoms are vague and varied, and the disease affects people differently. However, early diagnosis is very important.
Important Links Concerning Celiac Disease
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
University Of Chicago Celiac Disease Center
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