A gluten-free diet is essential for anyone suffering from celiac disease. Celiac disease is a serious illness that cannot be cured and can only be controlled with a strict gluten-free diet. Maintaining this diet requires careful attention to the ingredients in everything you buy or use, as well as a careful approach to preparing and cooking the right dishes to avoid any cross-contamination problems.
Even very small amounts of gluten can bring on symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, or a bloated stomach. In the long term, complications from non-compliance with the diet could be more serious if you’re sensitive to gluten.
The main ingredients to avoid are wheat, barley, and rye, which can trigger an autoimmune response in the gut and can prevent efficient absorption of nutrients from food. Fortunately, it’s easy to check the ingredients in most foods thanks to government labeling requirements.
While studies are still underway to establish the effects, whether negative or positive of gluten, here are some of the claims currently being investigated.
Faster recovery time
If you’re a weightlifter or an athlete, then you might be interested to know that ditching gluten could reduce your recovery time. It is however, somewhat questionable whether a gluten-free diet will shorten recovery time for everyone. Today, there are more and more gluten-free “recovery” drinks and foods on the market. That’s good news for celiacs sufferers.
Improved intestinal motility and function
Clinical studies show that people with gluten intolerance are more prone to various digestive problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The solution is to start a gluten-free diet that does not contain certain whole grains.
Less overload of the immune system
When your body’s iron intake is too high, your immune system does not function at an optimal level. This can make your body more vulnerable to infections and diseases. Overloading the immune system does not cause any symptoms, so it is essential to have certain blood tests done to determine if you have any. While there are different effective ways to reduce the amount of iron you consume, one way is to change your diet. This includes starting and maintaining a gluten-free diet.
Reduced systemic inflammation (SI)
This is one of the most frequently cited benefits of a gluten-free diet. Although the process of SI is quite complex and technical, it can lead to several undesirable conditions that result from a weakened immune system.
To counter the process of inflammation, experts recommend that people with SI start eating a diet that is strictly made up of whole foods and plant-based foods. They often recommend that people with SI also eat diets that are free from certain substances, including casein and gluten. Such steps can provide an efficient and inexpensive way to determine the causes of your IS problems.
Improved absorption of nutrients from food
A highly cereal-based diet appears to create negative influences on the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food. For example, a diet rich in gluten can cause celiac disease, which can damage things called villi, which are contained in a person’s intestinal lining.
What is the result? Researchers are still determining the pros and cons of gluten consumption, and its overall effects on weightlifters and athletes.
However, what they have discovered that those with gluten intolerance should definitely consider starting a gluten-free diet. Such a diet can offer several health benefits, including those mentioned above.
Some people who are not medically diagnosed with celiac disease may still decide to follow a gluten-free diet, believing that this will help them manage their weight and lead a healthier lifestyle. The most important factor for nonceliac people is the maintenance of a healthy and balanced diet and not necessarily one that excludes gluten. A celiac must strictly adhere to gluten avoidance for life. This requires a lot of effort and commitment, which will be difficult for many newly diagnosed people.
It is very important to discuss with your doctor or dietitian how to maintain a healthy and balanced diet and at the same time, make sure it is suitable. In some cases, doctors may recommend taking supplements such as calcium because people may be prone to developing bone conditions such as osteoporosis.
It should always be remembered that people who do not follow the religious diet do not necessarily immediately experience unwanted symptoms, but this will damage the lining of the small intestine, which in itself can cause nutrient malabsorption.