Understanding Gluten-Free Diets

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What Tests to Expect for Celiac Disease Diagnosis

The most widely accepted testing protocol for celiac disease (basically, the inability to digest gluten) includes a blood test followed by an intestinal biopsy, though there isn’t an exact science behind [more…]

Blood Tests to Help Diagnose Celiac Disease

If your doctor suspects that you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, he or she may use blood tests — also called serological tests — to look for antibodies that the body produces when someone with [more…]

How to Explain Gluten-Free to your Celiac Child

Your kids take the cue from you on how to handle their gluten-free diet, so it’s extremely important that you to stay positive and upbeat around your celiac child. Explain the diet to your children by [more…]

Gluten Sensitivity: A Range of Forms and Affects

Gluten sensitivity is a physical sensitivity to gluten. The condition is not easy to define, because these sensitivities come in a variety of forms. Think of gluten sensitivities as falling somewhere on [more…]

Symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease

Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity share some of the same symptoms. Although the actual damage occurs in the gastrointestinal tract, specifically in the small intestine, the symptoms manifest in many [more…]

How to Identify Celiac Symptoms in Children

Kids who have celiac disease tend to have the “classic” gastrointestinal symptoms of diarrhea or constipation. Children may also have some of the following symptoms: [more…]

How Gluten Affects Behavior

Gluten is sometimes behind the scenes wreaking havoc on behavior and moods. Behaviors including “fuzzy brain” or an inability to concentrate — including attention deficit disorder [more…]

What Is Gluten, Anyway?

You have to know what gluten is so you can avoid it if you’re sensitive to it or have celiac disease. The only problem is that the definition is pretty convoluted. Gluten is a group of proteins that technically [more…]

Make-Up Concerns for the Gluten Free

If you or someone you love has celiac disease or a sensitivity to gluten, the make-up that matters most is make-up you’re likely to get in your mouth (or someone else’s), like lipstick, lip gloss, lip [more…]

Gluten-Free Lotions

The experts say that the gluten molecule is too large to pass through skin, so lotions, shampoos, conditioners, and other external products shouldn’t be a problem unless you have open sores, rashes, or [more…]

Gluten-Free Dental Products

You’re really not supposed to ingest your toothpaste, mouthwash, or other dental products — but you’re undoubtedly going to get a swallow or two from time to time, and if it contains gluten, that can cause [more…]

Allergen Labeling Law and it Implications for Gluten Sensitivity

If you’re avoiding gluten, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act, which requires manufacturers to clearly identify wheat and its derivatives [more…]

“Gluten-Free” May Not Mean 100 Percent

A product that's labeled gluten-free isn’t necessarily 100 percent gluten-free. A food may actually have minute traces of gluten, but as long as those traces are truly small, the product may sometimes [more…]

How to Look for Gluten in Ingredient Lists

The first step to finding out whether a food is gluten-free is to read the label. And, the key to efficient label-reading is: knowing what to look for. [more…]

How to Check with Food Manufacturers about Gluten Ingredients

Even if a food label doesn’t show any obvious sources of gluten, you may want to check with the manufacturer to make sure your food doesn’t have any hidden sources. [more…]

How to Interpret Company Responses about Gluten

When you call a company to find out whether its product is gluten-free, you get one of a few responses. Interpreting these responses to your inquiries sometimes requires a little inference, deduction, [more…]

Celiac Disease and Other Autoimmune Conditions

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease itself and is associated other autoimmune diseases, which means that if you have one of the following conditions, you may want to be tested for a sensitivity to [more…]

Health Issues Associated with Celiac Disease

Opting out of a gluten-free diet can increase your risk for larger health problems if you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Certain conditions are associated with celiac disease and if you don’t [more…]

How Gluten Attacks the Intestine in Celiacs

When someone with celiac disease eats the gluten found in wheat, rye, or barley, everything goes along just fine until the gluten reaches the small intestine. [more…]

Who Should Be Screened for Celiac Disease?

Although you may not have any of the symptoms of celiac disease, you may still have the condition and be endangering your health through the consumption of gluten. Some people without symptoms of celiac [more…]

Symptoms of Celiac Disease

Do you suspect that you or someone in your family has celiac disease and maybe you or they should give up gluten? Symptoms of undiagnosed or insufficiently treated celiac disease can vary greatly in their [more…]

Gluten-Free Food Shopping Tips

If you have celiac disease, you need to maintain a gluten-free diet to stay healthy, but shopping for foods without gluten can be a challenge. Here are some tips to help you avoid gluten-containing foods [more…]

Tips for Living Successfully with Celiac Disease

If you or your child has celiac disease, you can still live healthy, active, full, rich and rewarding lives. Staying gluten-free is just one part of not just surviving but thriving with celiac disease. [more…]

Celiac Disease For Dummies Cheat Sheet

For people with celiac disease, consuming gluten — a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and some other grains — leads to damage to the lining of the small intestine, resulting in the inability to properly [more…]

Important Ingredients for the Gluten-Free Kitchen

Here’s a quick list of basic ingredients to always keep in your pantry, to help with your gluten-free cooking and baking. Check your local grocery store or online supplier of gluten-free foods for these [more…]

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