Benefits of Gluten Free Diets | The G-Free Series Part 3

Gluten is one of the primary sources of nutritional protein, however, it is also the cause of trouble for many individuals. In this series we explore if you can benefit from a gluten free lifestyle.

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There are certain health conditions that have a direct connection to the presence of gluten in your system. Often the individual who suffers from gluten intolerances display symptoms immediately after  consumption. In their case, the benefits of a gluten free diet are immeasurable.  This is the third article in our G-Free Series, if you haven’t read the previous posts start here>>  What is a Gluten Free Diet?

Conditions that will Benefit from a Gluten Free Diet

Many doctors prescribe a gluten free diet to their patients because of the severity of their reactions to this protein.  Some of the conditions caused by ingesting gluten that would benefit from a gluten free diet are:

Celiac Disease

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder that results in injuries to the lining of the small intestines after the person eats food containing gluten. Removing gluten from you diet should help the intestinal lining to heal.

Gluten Intolerance

Gluten intolerance is when you have a gluten allergy. Individuals suffering from such conditions are incapable of tolerating gluten. Therefore, most doctors would recommend a gluten-free diet as treatment for this condition.

Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Another condition that could benefit from a gluten free diet is Dermatitis Herpetiformis.  The cause of this chronic skin condition is when a series of blisters form and fill with fluid. Common symptoms include a burning sensation and severe itching.  The most effective treatment is to adopt a gluten free diet.

Migraine

Most individuals suffering from migraines report that the condition gets worse when gluten is consumed. Many migraine patients also have celiac disease, therefore following a gluten free diet is an obvious choice.

The Gluten and Autism Connection

Kent Williams, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio says that many parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) report that behavior improves when their children remove casein and gluten from their diets.  However, he does caution that even though clinical studies are being conducted, there is no conclusive evidence of  a connection at this. he strongly urges any parent considering placing their autistic child on a gluten free diet to consult with a dietary counselor such as a nutritionist or dietician.  The website Autism Speaks has a lot of excellent additional articles on the topic if you would like to learn more.

Improved Digestion: An Additional Benefit When You Adopt a Gluten Free Diet

According to experts, approximately 8 percent of the entire population experience stomach upset and other digestive problems when consuming gluten foods. Consuming gluten-free foods can help provide a safe diet for people with celiac disease and this can ease the symptoms of digestive problems, such as mild discomfort due to the consumption of gluten.

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