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Easing off Gluten

By New You Editorial
Posted On Feb 14, 2014

New You Health Tip:  Implement these simple changes to ease off gluten.

Gluten is a protein found in grains, such as wheat, barley, spelt, farina and rye, and is prevalent in many processed foods. Symptoms of gluten sensitivity or intolerance include: skin symptoms, endocrine disorders, joint pain, neurological disorders and most commonly, a whole host of digestive problems. Those who experience digestive problems are at risk for Celiac disease. If you are experiencing these types of symptoms or are curious about gluten free living should try limiting your intake. The results can improve digestion and decrease inflammation.

Start Simple

  1. Keep a journal: Documenting your reactions to certain foods can determine if you have a digestive problem. Journaling can also help you remember delicious recipes you find along the way.
  2. Search for gluten free options:  The key is reading labels. Replace bread, pasta and crackers with quinoa, or root vegetables like sweet potatoes, beets, turnips, parsnips, squash and carrots.
  3. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Eating five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables daily provides fiber, nutrients and antioxidants, filling the gap left without gluten.

New You is a source of many delicious and healthy gluten free recipes.  For a preview of our in depth article, Gone with the Gluten, on newsstands now click here.