People who suffer from gluten intolerance need to be careful about their dietary choices. Careless consumption of food can cause them to end up in the hospital with severe digestive problems. This is particularly true for people who suffer from celiac disease. This autoimmune disease cannot be taken lightly. Continued consumption of gluten containing foods can cause a person with celiac disease to suffer from a series of horrible health complications. Achieving a gluten free lifestyle is not the most difficult job in the world. In fact, it can be quite simple as long as you refrain from committing the following deadly sins of gluten intolerance:
1) Taking Advice from the Wrong Person
When you are taking advice from people about going gluten free, you have to make sure that your source of information is flawless. Gluten has become a trending topic in the United States of America and around the world. Everyone seems to be talking about going gluten free. With so many people interested in the subject, it is natural for you to come across bad opinions, half truths, rumours, myths and lies that can cost you big time. If you need advice, then always seek information from the experts who are sincerely involved in the art of remaining gluten free. Also, don’t believe anything and everything that you read off the internet. Unless the information has been confirmed by an expert or a medical professional, refrain from sharing that information. By doing that, you are basically spreading a misconception that is going to harm another poor fellow suffering from gluten intolerance.
2) Finding No Difference between Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity
Gluten sensitivity and celiac disease are two entirely different conditions, even though the basic treatment for both of them is the same (adopting a gluten free diet). People who suffer from celiac disease are unable to digest gluten, but you don’t have to be a celiac disease sufferer to be gluten sensitive. In fact, the medical community has coined a new term, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, to describe gluten related conditions that have nothing to do with the autoimmune disorder known as celiac disease. Both gluten sensitivity and celiac disease lead to severe health complications and a higher mortality rate. Therefore, it is important that you don’t take any of these conditions lightly.
3) Having Blind In the “Gluten Free” Label
There are three things that you need to do in order to confirm whether a certain product is gluten free or not. The first step is to check for a gluten free label on the packaging. The second order of action is to go through the list of ingredients and determine whether any of those ingredients could contain any trace of gluten. Lastly, you need to look at the brand that has manufactured the product and do your homework on the company to ensure that you are buying from a reliable food producer. Therefore, buying the product just because it reads gluten free on the packaging is a rookie error that you need to avoid.
4) Thinking that Celiac Disease Can Strike at Any Moment
Celiac disease isn’t like viral fever. It is not going to attack you without any notice. Under normal circumstances, celiac disease remains in the silent stage for an incredibly long period of time. Sometimes, the disease can be dormant for a few years. You want this disease to stay dormant forever. The simple way of doing that is to avoid the consumption of gluten. Gluten festers, lingers, ferments and kills you slowly. Stop the consumption today and save yourself.
5) Comparing Symptoms with Other Patients
There are numerous symptoms of celiac disease. If you had to list them down, it would turn out to be a pretty long list. Therefore, most of the lists that you can find on the internet are labelled as “10 common symptoms of celiac disease” as it is usually not possible to talk about all of the symptoms in detail. Your reaction to celiac disease is as unique as your fingerprint. In other words, the kind of symptoms that you are going to exhibit may not have any similarity with the kind of symptoms that some other sufferer of celiac disease is going to display. Therefore, there is no need to compare your symptoms with other patients. It will only serve to confuse you and waste your precious time.
6) Having Faith in Tests that Don’t Take DNA Into Account
Did you know that the average celiac disease patient goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for a period of 11 years? One of the reasons for this is people’s dependence on tests that do not take the DNA into account. Genetic testing is the most accurate and reliable way of determining whether you have celiac disease or not. The genetic testing is usually paired with anti-body testing for non-celiac gluten sensitivity.