Gluten And The Gluten Free Diet Essay

1430 Words Jan 5th, 2016 null Page
Gluten is a product found in wheat, rye and many grains. It is what helps bread have the chewy texture and the strength to stay in one piece. Gluten is very common in many foods, but for some people eating gluten can cause a sensitive stomach, making it hard for these nutrients to be absorbed the right way. A gluten free diet is for the people who do not have celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that can occur when the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine, but want to flush out their immune system. The diet consists of taking the same precautions as a person with celiac would except for the fact that the person doing the diet will not experience symptoms as severe (Nagle 2015). The reason I chose to write the essay on the gluten free diet is because my sister, Maddie, just found out she too is one of the many who are sensitive towards gluten. For the past three-four years she complained of headaches, stomach aches so bad she could not move and horrible lower back pains. The doctors tested her for everything, even celiac disease. When the celiac test came out negative the doctor declared it as migraine problems, but the medicine never seemed to help. It was not until this past summer that we read about the diet and saw the symptom list, all of which she was experiencing. My sister tried the gluten free diet and immediately felt better. It was a journey for the whole family because we changed our diet to help her adjust and while her diet changed, we…

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