Allergies are incredibly common, most people have an allergy to a variety of things—and many people do not even realize it!  Many people are allergic to pets, dust or mold, but others may have significant food allergies that need to be addressed.  Food allergies and sensitivities can result in many different types of ailments, from migraine headaches to stomach aches to skin conditions and rashes, and many other problems.  Gluten is suspected to be a culprit in many of these cases.

Choosing to live a gluten-free lifestyle can have many benefits.  Not only can you reduce some of the health problems that you may be experiencing, but you can also have a healthier diet overall.   Many people report a significant lessening of symptoms that they previously struggled to treat using regular medical treatments.  Removing gluten from their diets is often something that had not been previously considered, and one thing that can have a dramatic effect.

There are several chronic health conditions that may be related to gluten sensitivity.  These include but are not limited to:  ADD/ADHD, Arthritis, Autism, Autoimmune disorders, Asthma, Behavior issues, Cancer, Crohn’s, Celiac, Headaches/migraines, Infertility/reproductive issues, Depression, Diabetes, Thyroid issues (Grave’s and Hashimoto’s), and Obesity.

This list does not imply that every diagnosis contained there is solely due to gluten sensitivity. It also does not imply that every patient with a diagnosis contained in this list will be gluten sensitive.  However, every patient with a diagnosis listed above should be checked for gluten sensitivity.  This can be done initially through common blood testing or, better yet, through a therapeutic trial of becoming gluten-free.

Living a gluten-free lifestyle is not as difficult as it may initially appear.  For example, eggs, meat, milk, fruits and vegetables are all inherently gluten-free.  Eggs can be a great breakfast choice.  It is also possible to get gluten-free oats and so oatmeal with cinnamon can also be a great breakfast or grind oats to make flour for making pancakes.  While it may seem very difficult to get your child on a gluten-free diet, there are so many delicious gluten-free products available at your supermarket as well as many new recipes you can try that it is probably far easier than you might imagine.

Living a healthier lifestyle by eating a gluten-free diet can leave you with higher energy levels, better digestion, clearer skin, fewer chronic health problems and a better mood.  Many people report that they feel far more alive once they begin living a gluten-free lifestyle!

More ideas, resources, and information about gluten-free can be found in The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet.

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