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Gluten Free Aisle
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I first heard the phrase “gluten allergies” when my daughter’s boyfriend mentioned that his mother suffers from this condition. I was glad when I had an opportunity to research the topic. I never dreamed that there could be a more potentially harmful condition associated with a little tummy ache or some indigestion; nor would I have ever made a connection between my feeling tired with a gastrointestinal condition. I would have thought I just needed to go to bed earlier. An even worse scenario is that I may have no symptoms at all until the damage is done! That’s the¬†scariest part.¬†

I have always known that my digestive system was somewhat sensitive. I usually have some sort of abnormality going on in my tummy and it’s been going on like that for as long as I can remember. There was always the question in my mind whether it was because at 3 or 4 years old I laid down in front of my two sisters who were doubling on the bicycle and they just ran right over me–right across my stomach. But then, that doesn’t account for the plethora of familial gastrointestinal issues going on around me, which is a more likely cause.

The idea of getting tested for gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease, which is what gluten intolerance can develop into, wouldn’t be so bad–in the past I’ve changed my diet and have been able to stick with it–but at this point and at my age, I’m not so sure the doctor wouldn’t want to thread an endoscope down my throat and into my small intestine to check if the villi have been damaged and aren’t absorbing nutrients as they should. Needless to say, I am not very enamored with the idea.

So now, I’m thinking I could just test out my diet by going on a gluten-free plan and see what happens with that. If I feel better, perhaps I nailed it. If I don’t, I guess I’m back where I started. Either way, I am glad that I’ve learned about gluten sensitivity and possibly found a cause of what’s been going on with me all my life. At least now I can see a possible light at the end of the tunnel.

Gluten Sensitivity: An Uncommonly Known Condition with Common Symptoms
Understanding how gluten, the main ingredient in our favorite pastas, pastries and breads, can affect us, knowing what to look for and what to do about it, might help us feel better.
http://www.associatedcontent.comarticle/2035307/gluten_sensitivity_an_uncommonly_known.html

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