Monday, November 5, 2012

Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month

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By Nurse Diane

With the holiday season approaching, planning a family gathering can be difficult if you have a large group.  There are so many likes and dislikes that people have, some are vegetarians, and others have food allergies.  On food allergy that may not be as common as dairy or nuts, is gluten.  Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and most oats. It basically binds starches together.  It is often used as filler for foods as well.
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The ingestion of gluten causes stomach problems for people who suffer from Celiac Disease.  The problems that are seen - or felt include, bloating, headaches, dizziness, and is commonly misdiagnosed.  There are other medical conditions that people my need to follow a gluten free diet, and some include:
  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Pain such as Arthritis, Nerve Damage and more
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Thyroid Problems
  • Colitis
  • Digestive Problems
  • Fatigue
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • Nervous Symptom Disorders
  • Adrenal Exhaustion
  • Hormonal Imbalance
  • Cancer

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Lately there has been an increase in gluten free products available at the grocery stores.  November is Gluten Free Diet Awareness Month.  As you plan your holiday menu and guest list, why not check out some gluten free products to have on hand just in case.  This site has a list of foods to avoid, and also some recipes to enjoy: http://glutenfreerecipebox.com/celiac-foods-to-avoid.  You will be sure to be named the hostess with the mostest!

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