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Gluten Freedom
Gluten is a protein that’s found in grains such as wheat, rye, and barley. This protein is abundant
in foods that contain these grains. And while it seems pretty innocuous it can cause some major
problems in the body.
Just like with any allergy, someone who has an allergy to gluten can have a serious response.
The body sees the protein as a foreign invader that needs to be destroyed and removed from the
body. When you have an allergy to pollen, it causes you to sneeze, have watery eyes, and can
lead to problems with your sinuses. That’s your body’s response to ridding your body of it.
With a gluten allergy, your digestive system is doing the same type of thing – trying to attack it
and get rid of it.
Your body’s immune system is very complex and very advanced. It produced antibodies that are
designed to specifically fight foreign invaders. When you have a glute n allergy, your body
produces antibodies that are marked to fight the protein.
When the gluten enters your body, it’s immediately recognized by the antibodies and your
immune system is alerted that it’s time to make a full-scale attack. For some people this results
in some diarrhea or even constipation.
For others, the allergy is much more severe and actually causes damage to the lining of the small
intestine. This form of the allergy is known as celiac disease. The good news is that while
there’s no cure for this illness, it can be controlled through diet.
By eating a gluten-free diet, you deprive your body of the allergen. If you don’t expose it to
gluten you won’t experience symptoms. And fortunately, it’s easier to establish and maintain a
“gluten free” diet today than in years past.