Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Gluten free not just for celiacs

Hello everyone! I have posted before about how going gluten free and wheat free helps people with celiac disease. 

There is also evidence that being gluten free can help those of us who test negative for the disease. There is a story of an Australian woman who luckily was advised not to eat gluten even before the current level of awareness. 

 "She lost all her energy. She developed acne. And she began experiencing gastrointestinal problems: bloating, diarrhea, cramping, constipation. Her doctors, thinking something must be missing from her diet, put her on various vitamins, none of which helped. "It was all I could do to go to work," she says. After years of failed treatments, Cooper's luck changed. She saw a doctor who suspected she might have celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that can appear at any age and is caused by an intolerance to gluten. Cooper tested negative for celiac disease, but the doctor advised her to try a gluten-free diet anyway. "Within a week of eliminating [gluten], I started to feel markedly better," says Cooper, now 36, from Melbourne, Australia. "It wasn't a gradual feeling better; it was almost a crossing-the-street kind of thing."

Nowadays, experts believe that celiac disease is an extreme version of gluten sensitivity, but there are also likely millions of people with less severe variations of it that still respond well to a gluten free diet.

So, if you're feeling tired, out-of-sorts, in any kind of pain, acne, etc, try ditching the gluten for a while and see how you feel. 

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