Why Go Gluten Free?
Why a Gluten Free Diet?
There are many reasons one would choose to begin a gluten free diet. It’s suddenly a trendy Hollywood diet, but for the vast majority of the people that are living gluten free, it is a lifestyle, not a trend.
Since it is the only known treatment for celiac disease, you will find much gluten free lifestyle information focused on solely on celiac disease. However, going gluten free can be a benefit to people with a large variety of symptoms and illnesses in addition to celiac disease – including, but not limited to*:
- Allergies and sensitivities to wheat, barley or rye
- All auto-immune diseases
- IBS and Colitis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Neuromyelitis (inflammation of the nervous system)
- Peripheral neuropathies
- Ataxia (loss of balance)
- Late-onset Friedreich ataxia
- Down’s syndrome
- Cognitive problems (brain fog)
- Type 2 and Type 1 diabetes
- and our recent poll showed that many of our readers just feel better without gluten in their diets.
What are some of the symptoms of gluten intolerance or sensitivity?**
You may experience a few or all of these if you are reacting to gluten in the foods you eat:
- Intestinal problems-diarrhea, constipation, gas, acid reflux, cramping, stomach pain, bloating
- Headaches, migraines, brain fog
- Itchy skin, rashes, mouth sores
- Anemia, malabsorption
- Joint and muscle pain
- Osteoporosis, dental enamel problems, stunted growth
- Infertility, miscarriages
- Chronic fatigue and weakness
- Behavioral issues, seizures, depression, psychiatric problems
- Diabetes, thyroid disease, liver disease
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma