It may be interesting to note that gluten intolerance is often referred to as Celiac disease (or Coeliac disease). It is estimated that in the United States alone, 1 in 133 people suffer from Celiac disease and that number may be on the rise because a lot more people have not yet been diagnosed.
Celiac disease is caused by the bodies reaction to a gluten protein usually found in wheat. That protein is known as gliadin and it can affect all types of people of any gender, age or race and can become an issue ay any time during ones life. Scientists have discovered however, that gluten intolerance appears to be more prevalent among people of Northern European descent. There are a number of symptoms to look out for if you or a loved one suffers from the disease.
Symptoms of Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance Can Include:
Overall poor health
Because it is becoming more prevalent in our society, it is important to understand that there are certain foods that should be avoided. If consumed, those foods will cause a 'flair up' in symptoms that are usually the cause for pain and discomfort. That is why it is extremely important to read labels before buying certain foods or look for foods that are labeled 'Gluten Free'.
If you believe you may suffer from gluten intolerance you need to avoid the following items altogether:
There are many other items that should be avoided such as processed foods, certain deserts, bread products and pasta. Because gluten is found in a lot of the foods we eat, it is up to you to know what is good and what can make you sick. There are many serious complications that can arise so if you feel that you or a loved one may have a gluten intolerance please contact your doctor today.
Living with gluten intolerance doesn't have to be difficult. There are many ways to avoid gluten and there are plenty of amazing resources to help you discover lifestyle changes, recipes and fantastic tips and tricks. Please check out our blog post tomorrow to give you more information about the consequences of consuming gluten, how to test for Celiac Disease and the treatment available.
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