Do You Have a Gluten Intolerance?
Do you have a gluten sensitivity?
Many people do without knowing it. Since as many as 1 out of every 111 people will show a sensitivity to gluten, knowing whether or not you are one of them and then, finding out how to deal with it are important.
With a sensitivity to gluten, some people will have mild symptoms and can go through their day with ease while others will have more severe symptoms.
If you find that after eating items that contain gluten you feel fatigued, have skin problems, diarrhea or constipation or even irritability, you may be experiencing symptoms of gluten intolerance.
Mouth ulcers, weight loss, abdominal bloating, depression are all possible gluten intolerance symptoms that people may experience. There are many similar signs and symptoms that can be relatively close to that of other diseases and ailments, so be sure to discuss these symptoms or any you are having with your health care provider.
Though their symptoms may start with indigestion and skin reactions, both children and adults may find their symptoms progressing to rectal bleeding, acid reflux and excessive fatigue. If you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms be sure to talk to your family doctor for sensitivity testing and a thorough examination before ruling out a gluten sensitivity or intolerance.
Celiac disease is "an immune reaction [which] occurs in your small intestine, causing damage to the surface of your small intestine and an inability to absorb certain nutrients" - source Mayoclinic.com.
Finding ways to have a gluten-free, well-balanced diet can be challenging for some, but it is not impossible.
What is Gluten? - Funny Video about How it Causes Problems for People Who Are Gluten Sensitive
This video uses a humorous approach to explain in simple terms what it is that actually happens to you when you eat something with gluten. It shows what happens if there isn't a problem and what happens if there is.
Although I feel like I have read tons of information about it since I found out I was gluten sensitive, after watching this video, I understood it better.
Gluten Free Shopping
Where to Find Gluten Free Foods
If you are new to shopping for gluten free foods, you may feel frustrated at the difficulty you experience while trying to find good quality snacks, meal items and other foods that are gluten-free.
Your local family physician or health care provider may be able to recommend gluten sensitivity groups where you can reach out to others with the same issues as yourself.
Finding a celiac group or one that helps others deal with gluten allergies is the perfect foundation when starting out and exploring where other people shop and get their groceries from who have the same issues with gluten that you do. If you are not aware of or close to a major center in which a celiac group meets, you may want to search on the Internet for chat rooms or websites that help people deal with gluten sensitivities and allergies.
Your local supermarket or grocery store will have a great deal of items already that are gluten free and convenient for you to purchase today. Just as you bought them last month, fruits and vegetables along with many other items can still be purchased locally without much change in your routine.
You may find that your local supermarket carries a wide variety of gluten free products that you weren't aware of before you began your search. You may find more items available than you think.
Health food stores are a great source of information and variety when it comes to specialty items such as gluten free foods. Dealing specifically with allergies and health issues, many health food stores will carry food items that grocery stores don’t have.
If you are on a hunt for a specific gluten free item that you cannot find at your local grocery or health food store, be sure to check the Internet. There are many different online stores that will offer gluten free products and will ship right to your door.
Gluten Free Recipes
1 full stick of butter, softened to room temperature
3 to 4 large, ripe bananas mashed
2 cups rice flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup of chopped nuts, optional
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325. Grease and rice flour a 9-inch loaf pan. Blend butter and sugar in a large bowl until creamy. Add vanilla, eggs and bananas. Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl; add slowly to banana and butter mixture. Add nuts, if desired. Blend batter until well mixed and then turn into loaf pan. Bake for 70-80 minutes or until edges are browned. Yield: 1 loaf.
"The only acceptable treatment for celiac disease is strict adherence to a 100% gluten-free diet for life. An adherence to a gluten-free diet can prevent almost all complications caused by the disease. A gluten-free diet means avoiding all products that contain wheat, rye and barley, or any of their derivatives."~~Charles H. Halstead, M.D. in the New England Journal of Medicine
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