First, it is important to know that, when health care providers refer to gluten, they mean a protein found in foods such as bread, pasta, cookies, and cakes.
In fact, many individuals who suffer from a condition called Celiac Disease have no choice, but to avoid eating foods that contain gluten to prevent uncomfortable side effects, such as diarrhea, bloating, gas and fatigue. There is also a growing trend of individuals who voluntarily give up bread and cookies in exchange for positive health benefits. These benefits range from increases in energy levels to clearing up adult acne.
Should you too ditch the pasta and cakes? If you are concerned about a gluten allergy, look out for these symptoms and be sure to share any information you gather with your healthcare provider:
- Trouble sleeping bone or joint pain
- Depression or anxiety
- Skin rash
- Infertility or repeated miscarriage
- Missed menstrual periods
- Mouth problems such as canker sores or dry mouth
- Tingling and numbness in the hands and feet
There are many factors to consider before you decide to go gluten-free. Be sure to have a conversation with your primary care provider to figure out what will work best for you and your family.