Why Gluten Free?
Some people have an autoimmune response to gluten. Specific testing at the doctor’s office is necessary to diagnose Celiac Disease. If you suspect you have gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease, it is important that you do not change your diet prior to testing. If foods containing gluten are eliminated, your doctor may not be able to accurately determine whether or not you have Celiac Disease.
Once diagnosed with Celiac Disease, one should consume a gluten free diet to prevent further inflammation and to allow the body to heal. Continuing to eat gluten-containing foods will cause the body to attack itself and damage the tiny finger-like projections, called villi, in the small intestine. Intestinal villi help us absorb nutrients, so indigestion and malabsorption occur when gluten-containing foods are eaten.
Celiac patients and those who suffer from gluten intolerance benefit from eating a gluten free diet for relief of a wide range of common symptoms such as abdominal pain or digestive problems, fatigue, headache, skin problems such as dermatitis, and bone or joint pain.