Celiac disease can be suddenly activated by events that are traumatic to the body, such as childbirth, surgery, viral infections, or emotional stress. The disease is detected through a blood test and is generally treated by adopting and maintaining a gluten-free diet for the rest of one’s life.
Some people claim to be gluten-sensitive (as opposed to completely intolerant) and report feeling better after reducing their gluten-intake.
Mittry continues, “For those with robust gastrointestinal health, ingesting gluten is not problematic. However, many health-conscious people want to reduce the amount of gluten in their diets and luckily, with a little knowledge and some slight adjustments to your shopping habits, there are many ways to adopt a reduced-gluten lifestyle that might make life easier on your GI tract and reduce a systemic inflammatory response.”
Mittry went on to provide a list of naturally gluten-free products such as eggs, beans, seeds, nuts, fresh meats, fish and poultry, fruits and vegetables, and most other dairy products.
Additionally, many companies have developed gluten-free alternatives to basics like pastas and breads. “However, if you want to reduce gluten and are trying gluten-free products, look closely at ingredients and nutritional information because some of these products can be loaded with saturated fat, sugar, or sodium – all of which come with their own health considerations,” Mittry says.
As a final caution, Mittry warns that many gluten-based products contain lots of beneficial nutrients that should not be eliminated from one’s diet. Therefore, those who are thinking of reducing or
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