Eating Gluten Free

Why People Eat Gluten-Free Diets

Eating gluten free is necessary for some people because of Celiac disease. Celiac suffers are unable to produce the enzyme necessary to process gluten, a key protein found in wheat.

Many people simply choose to go gluten free due to some form of sensitivity to gluten or wheat.

7 Helpful Hints on Eating Gluten Free

1) Make the commitment If you are at the point where you’re considering eating gluten free, the best thing you can do is to cut all foods containing gluten from your diet for an extended period of time so that you can see if it helps you to feel better.

It is best to take a whole year to evaluate the benefits of going gluten free.

2) Get your B vitamins. Remember, though, that by eating gluten free you are eliminating a valuable source of B Vitamins from your diet. Supplements are available to replace these important nutrients.

3) Talk to your doctor. If you have suffered from any of the following conditions, you might find a gluten free diet can make a difference. Talk to your doctor before making any serious changes to your diet.

* Severe Stomach Pain
* Skin Rashes
* Depression
* Irritable Bowel Syndrome
* Weight Loss
* Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
* Chronic Migraines
* Brain Fog
* Joint Pain

If you have these or other nonspecific symptoms that your doctor can’t seem to be able to help you with, try doing a gluten elimination diet.

4) Be patient. Keep in mind that simply stopping gluten may not actually do anything until the damage to your body is repaired. See the video below for more information.

This is why some people go on a two week gluten elimination diet and find no relief from their problems. Instead, try to go on a 100 percent gluten elimination program for at least a year to ensure that you’ve tried everything.

5) Read the label. Gluten can be hidden in a lot of things and even the tiniest amount can affect people with true celiac disease. You will need to be vigilant if you are determined to make eating gluten free a part of your life.

6) Be willing to experiment. There are many types of gluten free flour available. Each type of gluten free flour has a different property. Some draw in liquid, others make crust flakier, and some provide flavor.

The type of flour you use will make a big difference in the flavor, texture, and quality of your gluten free baked goods.

7) Eat vegetables and fruits instead. Rather than just replacing wheat with other, similar, gluten free alternatives, it is far better to think instead of eating more vegetables and fruits.

Your body is bound to benefit from the improvement in your diet.

You may be sensitive to gluten and find that you benefit from a gluten free diet – even though you might not know it yet.

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