I am going to explain why I decided many years back to become gluten free, and what it has done to my body and health. Feel free to ask me if you have any questions, or deciding to become gluten free as well. I can promise that you won´t regret it :)
For me personally it has been one of the best changes I ever did when it comes to my personal health. After only a few weeks I started to have huge increased energy levels and no more bloating. I also started to see a massive change in my skin, nails and my astma and allergies that I been having since I was a little child completely disappeared just to mention a few examples.
To eliminate gluten from your diet can help you with weight loss and get rid of bloating, gas and diarrhea. It also helps you to strengthen your immun system.
A gluten-free diet can also be very beneficial if you´re suffering from thyroid disease, anemia, irritable bowl syndrome (IBS) and autism, just to mention a few.
Gluten is the protein found in wheat (durum, emmer, semolina, spelt, farina, farro, graham just to mention a few), rye and barley. Oats can also sometimes contain gluten so make sure to check your product. Gluten can be found and hidden in many kind of foods, even the ones that you would not expect. I find gluten in so many products such as: soy sauce and other condiments, many vegan/veggie products, cereals, potato chips, cookies and pastries, lotions, creams, shampoo, medicines, vegetable stock, vinegar, non dairy milk and yoghurt just to mention a few. That´s why it´s very important to educate yourself and to read your labels. It took me some time in the beginning since you´ll find gluten in the most unexpected products, but you´ll soon get the hang of it :)
If you have Celiac disease it means that your intestines can´t absorb the nutrients due to the gluten protein that has damaged it. This is also called an immune reaction. It means that the symptoms of a long and undiagnosed celiac disease can cause malnutrition. Not everyone will have the symptoms however, internally malnutrition can completely destroy a person´s health over many many years. Even a tiny trace of gluten can offset the entire immune system. This is also the reason why I never cheat with wheat or gluten, ever!
Gluten intolerance on the other hand is a little bit different. There are many people that are are allergic or gluten sensitive without even knowing it. Gluten intolerance is much harder to detect and diagnose since it has a slower onset than actual celiac disease. So it might not show in a blood test, but many people still have it and get all the complications that comes with it. I am in this category like many other people.
Symptoms of having gluten intolerance can be fatigue, feeling bloated, constipation or diarrhea, weight loss or weight gain, stomach cramps, skin rashes, dull skin, headaches and migraine, irritability and moody.
If your child is having constipation or not gaining weight it can be signs of a gluten intolerance or celiac disease. Remember that even if celiac disease does not show in a blood test, it can still be gluten intolerance.
So, you suspect that you or your child is gluten intolerant, what is the next step?
Bulgur, Barley, Bran, Couscous, Durum, Emmer, Graham, Kamut, Matzo Meal, Farina, Farro, Orzo, Rye, Spelt, Triticale, Einecorn, Wheat germ and starch.
Here are some examples of your new flours to use instead of wheat and gluten:
Almond Flour, Quinoa Flour, Coconut Flour, Amaranth, Buckwheat, Chia Flour, Guar Gum, Quinoa Flour, Sweet Potato Flour, Tapioca Flour, Xanthan Gum, Rice Flour, Potato Starch and flour.
If you been lacking energy and feeling sluggish and bloated and you really want to make the change, get educated and learn about it as much as you can. I am glad to help should there be any questions. And I promise you that I haven´t regret going gluten free a single day in my life. Good Luck and let me know how it goes.