Is the Gluten-Free Lifestyle for You?

Until about a decade ago, most of us had never heard the words gluten-free. Now, most of us know someone who lives a gluten-free lifestyle. Its been all the rave for the past few years but is it worth the hype?


Celiac Disease

Doctors recommend the diet to people who suffer from celiac disease. Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten causes an immune response that attacks the small intestine. Most common gastrointestinal symptoms may include: irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, constipation, diarrhea and abdominal pain. There are a few other symptoms outside of the gastrointestinal ones including joint and muscle pain, fatigue, skin rash and plenty more.


What is Gluten?

So you may be wondering what in the world is in gluten that causes so much damage? Well, It’s actually a mixture of proteins that are found in wheat and related grains, including barley, rye, oat, and all their species and hybrids. It helps food keep its shape and is pretty much a glue that holds food together. The reason it causes so much damage

Since there are so many people who have taken the gluten-free path you might ask, “Does that many people really have celiac disease?” The answer is, no.

There are a lot of people who share similar symptoms to celiac disease but don’t actually test positive for it. Those people are usually diagnosed with non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). A recommendation made by many doctors is to take on the gluten-free diet to see if it will relieve symptoms. And then there are others with the perception that it may be healthier.

Some professionals seem to think that gluten sensitivity is over-diagnosed. According to a recent JAMA Internal Medicine publication, the prevalence of celiac appears to be steady in recent years yet the followers of Gluten-Free diets increase.

The trend has taken over the country and it’s continuing to grow by the day. The gluten-free industry is looking to crossover into a 15 billion-dollar industry by the end of 2016. Even major restaurants like Chick-Fil-A and Domino’s offer gluten-free alternatives.


Is the gluten-free lifestyle for you?

Well, that’s really a question you should be asking your doctor. There isn’t any evidence that the gluten-free lifestyle is for everyone but if you notice that you face a lot of these symptoms regularly, then you should definitely speak to a doctor before converting over.

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