Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity, Wheat Allergies
Many people can ingest gluten without any drastic health consequences. However, the fact can’t be ignored that the negative effects of gluten on the body are swiftly on the rise. People with health conditions including celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and wheat allergies cannot cope with the gluten proteins in their system. As people get older, their tolerance to gluten proteins decreases. Gluten sensitivity can cause a myriad of problems in senior citizens.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which the ingestion of gluten leads to serious damage to the small intestine. Gluten sensitivity is a condition in which people experience uncomfortable symptoms like bloating, abdominal pain, and diarrhea after eating gluten, even though they don’t have celiac disease. Wheat allergies are fairly similar to other food allergies and can cause reactions like hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the face and throat.
All of these conditions can be extremely debilitating and make it hard for sufferers to live a normal, healthy life. Even if you don’t have any of these conditions, you might still want to avoid gluten for other reasons. For example, some people find that eliminating gluten from their diet helps them to lose weight, have more energy, and feel less bloated.
Going Gluten Free
If you’re thinking about giving up gluten, it’s important to do your research and make sure you’re doing it in a way that will be healthy for you. There are a few different ways to approach a gluten-free diet, and the best one for you will depend on your individual needs and goals.
If you have celiac disease or another medical condition that requires you to eat gluten-free, it’s important to be vigilant about avoiding all sources of gluten. This can be difficult, as gluten is often hidden in processed foods under names like “wheat flour” or “maltodextrin.” The best way to avoid accidentally ingesting gluten is to only eat whole, unprocessed foods and to carefully read all food labels.
If you have sensitivities or allergies, you might be able to get away with eating some foods that contain gluten. For example, many people with wheat allergies can safely eat oats, as they don’t contain the same proteins that trigger reactions. If you’re not sure whether you can eat something, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and avoid it, or speak with your doctor about it.
Even if you don’t have any health conditions that require you to eat gluten-free, you might still want to try eliminating gluten from your diet. Some people find that they feel better and have more energy when they cut gluten out of their diet. Once you’ve been eating gluten-free for a while, you can start to experiment with adding some foods back in and see how your body reacts.
Our caregivers can prepare healthy meals for your loved one that has celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or wheat allergies.
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