How A Gluten Free Lifestyle May Make You Healthier

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Gluten FreeCan sticking to a diet that’s gluten-free help you to be healthier? There’s growing evidence that indicates the elimination or limitation of gluten containing foods from the daily diet can be better for your digestion and health.

Gluten, which is naturally found in grains such as wheat, rye, modified food starch, barley and triticale can cause inflammation to the intestines and stomachs of those with Celiac disease. Even for those who are not officially diagnosed with this often painful autoimmune illness, there can be food sensitivities that cause gas bloating and pain. Therefore, it makes sense to make some adjustments in the foods that you eat to reduce these symptoms – starting with the elimination of foods containing gluten.

While the jury is still out on this, a gluten-free lifestyle can help you to become healthier in several ways.

Lessens digestive problems and discomfort

The most noticeable difference when reducing the intake of gluten in the diet is the lessening or disappearance of painful digestive reactions. Gas, bloating, pain, constipation, and diarrhea are some of the symptoms that start to go away or stop all together. This can certainly help anyone regain a normal lifestyle and enjoy activities previously limited.

Helps increase the body’s ability to get nutrients

According to a CNN health report, “gluten gradually damages the intestines of people with celiac disease, preventing the absorption of vitamins and minerals and setting off a slew of related health problems, which can include fatigue and bad skin.” Eating healthy by eliminating gluten can help the body to heal from the inside out, enabling it to absorb the vitamins and nutrients the body needs.

Improves the appearance of skin and hair

One of the frustrating aspects of gluten sensitivity is the presence of dry skin or combination skin, rashes and blemishes. This is the body’s way of attempting to eliminate toxins built up from the gluten reaction. By removing the gluten, your skin and hair may improve over time, giving you a sleek mane of hair and clear skin that’s easier to manage.

Eliminates processed foods to help control weight

A LIVESTRONG article advises that, “Many processed foods may contain gluten, such as gravy, French fries, rice mixes, sauces, soups, soy sauce, chips, candy and beer.” And that is not an inclusive list of the many prepared foods, convenience meals, and unhealthy fast foods on the market today that contain gluten in some form. Eliminating these from the diet can support health and weight control because the more natural foods you eat, the better for your body.

Helps restore energy and strength

When removing gluten from the diet, people most often notice a change in their energy levels within just a few days. Some people credit this to the reduction of fat, sugar, and carbs from the diet, however some also believe that the body gets better nutrition overall and this provides added energy. Gluten-free flour is a great substitute and can be used instead of regular flour quite nicely. When energy levels increase, those who are on gluten-free diets tend to be more active in general, which helps even more.

Getting started with a gluten-free diet is not as difficult as you may think. The Mayo Clinic offers a listing of foods you can avoid as you begin eliminating gluten containing products from your diet.

Tess C. Taylor, PHR is a certified Web Content Manager, Human Resources Professional, and Career Coach with nearly two-decades of writing experience. Tess also founded the popular blogazine, The HR Writer. As a regular contributor to multiple HR and Business publications, including Benefitfocus, Dale Carnegie Institute, HR Magazine, PayScale, and US News Careers, Tess is dedicated to educating others about important human resources and marketing topics worldwide. You can connect with Tess on Google+ , Facebook and LinkedIn.

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