Being a Nutritionist, I come in contact with a lot of people, both children and adults, who show adverse reactions on the consumption of gluten. Some of these have eaten gluten all their lives without any trouble, but now their body is reacting to it negatively. Many of these people are not celiac/ gluten intolerant. They do not even test positive for gluten allergy nor do they show any associated signs or symptoms. Yet these people show tremendous improvement when gluten is eliminated from their diet.
My main purpose of starting this blog is to educate people regarding the ill-effects of gluten. Unlike many, I am not of the opinion that gluten must not be consumed by anyone but I strongly believe that if you are suffering from any of the conditions or signs and symptoms I will be mentioning in my blogs you must get yourself tested for gluten immediately and even if the results are negative, try eliminating gluten from your diet completely for at least 3 weeks and see if there is any difference. If yes, then this means you are gluten sensitive continue with this diet, else revert back to your previous diet. Also, I would like to mention over here that for many of these conditions the role of gluten has not yet been scientifically proven. The studies are still going on in this field and due to the absence of scientific data for most of these conditions doctors do not recommend a gluten-free diet. But since a large number of people have reported improvement in their condition after following a gluten-free diet, the role of gluten for the condition cannot be ruled out.
Also in my counselling sessions I have noticed that a number of people who had been following a gluten-free diet for months are not fully aware of all the precautions that they must be taking while following this diet and hence even after following the diet for months they have not yet seen any improvement in their health condition. People are also not aware of the various gluten-free alternatives that are available in the market nowadays, nor do they know from where they can buy these stuff.
This blog aims to give you complete information on gluten, gluten free diet, do’s and dont’s, gluten-free alternatives, gluten free stores, gluten free cooking tips, recipes, etc. In short, everything you need to know about gluten and gluten-free living will be covered here.
Following a gluten-free diet is not very difficult. It's only about making a few changes in your lifestyle. Also, if taken care of in the early years, the problem can be completely reversed and you can get back to your normal lifestyle.