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Celiac Disease- Why and How to Go Gluten Free

Posted on: September 12th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Before beginning a gluten free diet, ensure you are aware of where it is located and how to stay healthy without.

Before beginning a gluten free diet, ensure you are aware of where it is located and how to stay healthy without it.

People begin a gluten free diet for different reasons, the most common reason being treatment of celiac disease. Gluten causes damage to the small intestine for someone with celiac disease and is best to be avoided to prevent nutrient deficiency and other medical issues. Within two weeks of starting a gluten free diet, people with celiac disease often find their symptoms have improved. Whether someone adapts a gluten free diet for medical reasons or as a trendy diet, it is important to be aware of its purpose, where gluten it is found, and how to maintain a balanced diet without it. LA Medical believes a large part of living a healthy lifestyle is eating a diet full or nutrients and vitamins. Contact LA Medical for safety and health supplies today! We hope you make positive health choices and changes as needed!

What is gluten?

It is a protein that is found in wheat, barley, and rye. It helps food keep its shape and acts like a glue to hold substances together.

Where is gluten found?

Gluten is commonly found in pasta, cereal, bread, pastries, candies, crackers, cookies, salad dressings, sauces, and more foods. There are gluten free products in specialty stores and online. However, be careful of cross contamination that may occur in restaurants and factories. Just because something says gluten free, doesn’t mean it is completely free of any traces of it. Ensure the food is gluten free certified and safe for consumption.

Alternatives to gluten:

Because many foods are cut out of a gluten free diet, it is important to ensure you are still getting enough nutrients and vitamins. Foods that are allowed and encouraged are: beans, seeds, nuts, eggs, fresh meats, fruits, vegetables, and most dairy products. Foods from corn, flax, soy, potato, rice, and other gluten free flours can be used and often substituted for other flours.

It is important to be aware of the benefits and risks of any lifestyle or diet change. If you or someone you know is newly diagnosed with celiac disease, share this blog and help them make a smooth adjustment. LA Medical encourages you to live a healthy and positive life. With exercise, a healthy diet, and sleep, you are sure to function and feel your best.  Please don’t hesitate to give LA Medical a call today!