One of the biggest reasons people go gluten-free is when they are diagnosed with Celiac disease. A Celiac suffer doesn’t have the enzyme needed to process gluten, the protein found in wheat. Other people choose to go gluten-free when they have a sensitivity to gluten or wheat.
If you don’t fall into either of those there hasn’t been any proven health benefits for giving up gluten but its a personal choice. If you give it a try and it makes you feel better then maybe its something you should continue.
Many people with celiac disease don’t actually have any symptoms that can be pinpointed instead they report things like having body pain, stomach issues, and other problems and it’s often misdiagnosed. Diagnosing celiac disease requires a biopsy of the small intestines and/or a blood test.
If you think you may have a gluten intolerance its best to talk to your doctor. You can try eating gluten-free for a while to see if it eases any symptoms. Make a note if your symptoms get better or go altogether. One thing I didn’t know when I first started on the gluten-free road is that by eliminating or reducing your gluten intake you are also reducing a source of B vitamins. So keep that in mind and maybe add a Vitamin B supplement to your routine.
But which conditions have been noted to reduce when gluten is reduced too? Well, there is a list below and I am trying gluten-free becuase I can tick 5 off.
If you have any of the following conditions a gluten free diet may help. Talk to your doctor before making any serious changes to your diet.
* Brain Fog
* Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
* Chronic Migraines
* Irritable Bowel Syndrome
* Joint Pain
* Severe Stomach Pain
* Skin Rashes
* Weight Loss
This is only a small list though. If you any of these or any other symptoms that the doctor can’t cure or explain then it might be worth doing a test to see if being gluten-free helps. To test to see if living gluten-free works for any of your symptoms just cut out gluten from your diet. The problem is though that going gluten-free just for a few weeks wont alwasy prove it its the gluten or not causing problems. Its recommedmed that you try gluten free for a least a year.