What are the Benefits of a Gluten Free Diet?

What are the benefits of a gluten free diet?

Gluten is a general term used to describe the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and spelt.  

Benefits of a Gluten Free Diet

Cutting gluten from your diet may eliminate the symptoms of celiac disease including

  • Dermatitis 
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea 
  • Constipation
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Migraines
  • Iron Deficiency
  • Joint and Muscle Pain
  • Mood Disorders
  • Osteoporosis
  • Reproductive Health Issues
  • Weight Gain or Weight Loss 

A Gluten Free diet may also have health and therapeutic benefits for those with

  • Gluten Sensitivity
  • Wheat Alergies
  • Autism
  • Thyroid Disease 
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • ADHD

Other Benefits Include

  1. Elimination of unhealthy oils from your diet
  2. Elimination of unhealthy carbohydrates found in bread products
  3. Less overly processed foods in your diet
  4. Reduced risk of heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes
  5. Improved immune system defense

Gluten and Celiac Disease

 A gluten free diet is necessary for people with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that leads the body's immune system to attack the small intestine when gluten is digested.  

Only 1% of the population is estimated to have celiac disease.  Celiac is 4x more common today than it was 60 years ago. 

Grains that do not contain gluten

  • Brown Rice
  • Long Grain Rice
  • Sorghum
  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Amaranth

Many healthy foods are naturally gluten free including

  • Eggs
  • Chicken/Meat
  • Fish
  • Beans
  • Nuts/Seeds
  • Fruits and Vegetables