Gluten Sensitivity, do I need to be 100% Gluten free

by Greg

My doctor just did some blood work on me and told me that I am Gluten sensitive. I have never had any really bad symptoms like digestive issues or anything. I have had a rash here and there.

I have stopped eating all gluten containing bread, pasta, cereal, and I don't eat any products that say they contain wheat. Basically, I am not eating anything that I know contains Gluten. My question is, since I have cut out at least 99% of my Gluten intake, do I need to be paranoid about eating things that don't have known Gluten that were made in a factory that also had wheat in it?

Also, if I am out to eat, do I really need to worry about eating Gluten once in a while? Does cutting 99% of my Gluten intake help me at all?

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It all depends on your goals
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Greg,

That all depends upon the state of your health and your goals. I DO recommend that people go 100% gluten free for 2 months or more in order to see how they do when they are off of it completely. There are MANY MANY people who MUST be 100% gluten free in order to feel right and there is a whole category of people with Celiac Disease called 'non-responders' that don't get better when they go gluten free. This is most likely because they are not gluten free- they are 99% gluten free and just need to be 100% gluten free.

If you look out there on the internet, there are stories of people going off of gluten and not getting better then finding out that the ONE blood pressure pill that they take contains gluten and once they got off of that, then their symptoms completely cleared up.

So, getting off of gluten 100% is important in order to figure out how you respond. Once you know that, they do whatever you wish and see how your body responds to it.

Personally, I'm not gluten sensitive and have ZERO health problems, but I choose to stay 100% gluten free all of the time- and then don't worry about it when I eat out. But because gluten is always an 'inflammatory' food in any amount, it's just simply a bad choice to make if you want to maintain good health and I choose gluten free simply because I know so much about the long term health consequences of eating this food.

In the end, if you ARE eating small amounts of gluten, then it's almost certain that you are eating processed foods anyway and that's not a great health choice. Once you start eating absolutely nothing but whole food, then eating 100% gluten free takes no effort whatsoever. You end up going out of your way to GET something with gluten in it because real whole foods don't contain gluten.

So, if you want to be healthy and look towards having the optimum health that you possibly can, then don't eat gluten. If you 'just' want to not be sick, then eat as much gluten as you want to that maintains the level of health that you are happy with.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
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