Gluten Free

Thriving With Celiac

 

 

Gluten Free is the lifestyle of a Celiac.

 

What is Gluten? Gluten is the protein that comes from wheat, rye and barley.  These grain products normally would give nutrition to the body along with giving elasticity to foods made with these products.  You will learn other alternatives to get nutrition and the elasticity to your gluten free foods.

Why the need to be gluten free. Your body needs you to be gluten free if you have been diagnosed with Celiac disease for your health. When the villi are flattened they can’t grab the nutrition in the foods we eat.  If the body goes without nutrition for to long you start to get different symptoms and other health issues. By living the gluten free lifestyle the villi become healthier and start to stand up and grab nutrition again.

Villi of a Celiac

Notice the healthy villi in the first photo the villi are free moving and standing tall to grab nutrition.  In the second photo the villi are showing villi damage and not so free moving, unhealthy villi doesn’t grab proper nutrition the body needs on a daily basis.

What is the difference between someone with Celiac disease, gluten intolerance and someone with a wheat or gluten allergy? Celiac people have the proven biopsy that says they have the flattened villi and is then diagnoised with Celiac disease. People with a gluten intolerance have basically the same symptoms but the biopsy shows no damage.  Having an allergy to wheat or gluten means that this person will react fairly quickly to wheat or gluten and get the ichy, possible red rash and hives.

How long do I need to eat gluten free?  Celiac disease will never go away.  So living the gluten free lifestyle is life long once you recieve the diagnosis.  Going off the gluten free diet will bring back symptoms and possible other illness.

 What foods are gluten free?  Unprocessed foods are naturally gluten free.  So your plain (naked) meats, fruits, veggies are all gluten free.  When manufactures add things to these items is when you need to check to see if they are still gluten free.

Are labels marked with gluten free?  No, not all products are clearly marked on labels if they are gluten free.  Manufactures that clearly make and market gluten free products will usually mark their products but not the items found in the normal section of the grocery store.

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Gloria December 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Thank you Nancy Olson,
You sent me this and it hits home for me and Lara,
Love, Gloria and Lara

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