Should You Go Gluten Free?

t1larg.gluten.foods.giDuring the last year or so, there has been a lot of focus on gluten, gluten intolerance, and celiac disease. But how do you know if you should be gluten free?

First off, what exactly is gluten? It’s a protein that is found in wheat, barley, and rye. So when you are looking at the ingredients list on your food, these may be things you want to keep an eye out for.

But how do you know that you should be avoiding it? Gluten intolerance and celiac disease are different in how your body reacts. With celiac disease, these symptoms may be present on a regular basis. It’s always good to get tested for celiac disease, which will include blood work done by a physician. Gluten intolerance usually takes a little bit of time to kick in, and you may feel symptoms a few hours after eating a product with gluten. You may experience stomach problems like bloating, gas, constipation, etc. You may also experience headaches, depression, eczema, and other symptoms over time if you are suffering from either celiac disease or gluten intolerance. The most accurate way to be diagnosed with celiac disease is through your physician.

One option to see if you are gluten intolerant is to try the elimination diet. If you are experiencing stomach issues on a regular basis, the elimination diet is a great way to see exactly what the cause may be. Try taking out gluten for 7 days straight, and keep a food journal listing what you have eaten. On day 8, bring gluten back in for one day. Take detailed notes about how you and your body feel on that day. The elimination diet is something that can be really helpful when it comes to tackling food allergies and intolerance.  If you are having regular stomach issues and general aches & pains, contact me at sadie@elitehealthcoaching for a free, no-obligation health consultation to see if my services and program are the right choice for you.

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