I thought I would just remind everyone why a gluten free diet is necessary for some people. I know I have touched on the subject a little bit before, especially why I chose to switch to gluten free but I think it's important to help people understand that it isn't a fad or a new way to lose weight, it is vital for some people.
If you are on a gluten free and reading this then you know your reasons and no doubt you will have read up on every blog, book magazine and no doubt joined Coeliac UK to take advantage of their useful website and information. It's a brilliant organisation and has food guides, a guide of where to eat out, a self assessment test just so much help whether you are diagnosed with Coeliac disease or not. I'm not diagnosed officially but I still found them useful for information about what I could eat and drink. There website is www.coeliac.org.uk
According to Coeliac UK there are three main reasons for changing to a gluten free diet.....
Coeliac disease is a well defined, serious illness where the body’s immune system attacks itself when gluten is eaten. This causes damage to the lining of the gut and means that the body cannot properly absorb nutrients from food. Coeliac disease is not a food allergy or intolerance, it is an autoimmune disease.
Wheat allergy is a reaction to proteins found in wheat, triggered by the immune system and usually occurs within seconds or minutes of eating.
Non coeliac gluten sensitivity is when symptoms similar to coeliac disease are experienced, but there are no associated antibodies and no damage to the lining of the gut.
It is very important to rule out Coeliac disease and a Wheat allergy before considering gluten sensitivity. If you visit your GP they will give you the appropriate tests and advice. You do have to bear in mind that to get an accurate result you would have to be including gluten and wheat at the time of testing, only start the diet after receiving your result and advice.
So what symptoms may you experience?
Possible symptoms may include: (according to Coeliac UK)
There's a lot isn't there? Some symptoms make be very similar to other conditions such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) so it is very important to see you GP and rule out other possibilities.
For me personally I knew I was having problems with certain things which I ate. I did go for the initial blood test for Coeliac Disease but tested negative. I had tried cutting gluten and wheat out a little at the time and tried to return to it before the test but I don't think I gave it enough time, and I was a bit reluctant because I had improved health wise. This is why I say to you keep all the gluten and wheat in your diet to receive an accurate result.
I know I feel better without it. I have noticed a significant difference in the way I feel and my energy levels have increased. If I do accidentally eat the wrong things I do suffer quite a bit as my previous symptoms rapidly return.
So if you have any concerns please take a look at the Coeliac UK website www.coeliac.org.uk I think it is the best website I've seen for information and guidance and go from there. Take a look also even if you have no diagnosis or you are someone supporting a relative or friend as you can receive a greater understanding as to why we have to follow this particular diet.
Thanks for reading and I will be back tomorrow with Autism Support Saturday.