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What is celiac disease? and symptoms?

Question by lostbrokendestroyed: What is celiac disease? and symptoms?
what is celiac disease? what are the symptoms? Are you born with it? how do you find out if you have it? ect.

please and thank you

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Answer by Bethany
Yes celiac disease is a disorder that you are born with or you retain from stomach problems as you grow older. Its basically a severe Allergy to gluten, wheat and corn related products. Go for some tests, ask your doc about celiac, if you have severe stomach problems, fatigue, drowsiness from eating everyday foods, you will likely have it.

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Posted by GlutenFree - February 26, 2013 at 2:25 pm

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Q&A: Gluten-free baking recipes with no flour and ingredients I am likely to have at home?

Question by Mary: Gluten-free baking recipes with no flour and ingredients I am likely to have at home?
My aunt is coming to visit and I have to bake something for her. She’s gluten-free and eats really healthy so can someone please tell me a good recipe that has no flour (we’re out of gluten-free flour), is healthy, is made from ingredients that I am likely to have at home and that tastes nice? Thanks in advance!

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Answer by Kate
There are flourless chocolate tortes or salsa, which are the only things i can think of right now. BUT, you can go to allrecipes.com, click on “ingredients” under the search bar at the top and it gives you the option to exclude flour from your recipe search, or you can just search for all recipes that don’t have flour in them.

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Posted by GlutenFree - February 24, 2013 at 2:32 pm

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What happens to one’s body when he eats gluten-free products without having celiac?

Question by Lewis: What happens to one’s body when he eats gluten-free products without having celiac?
It was my birthday yesterday, however I have friends who are gluten-intolerant and so we made a gluten-free cake for them. Basically I did not eat anything but this cake yesterday, and today my stool (pardon the upcoming description) is bright green and runny. I’m wondering if this is at all related.

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Answer by Shauna
Could be. Gluten free foods are simply free from three grains out of an entire family of foods. So there is nothing inherently damaging about that. It would be like saying you are eating a meal that is free from carrots, peas, and potatoes – three veggies out of the vegetable family. Seriously, that’s not going to do anything to you.

However, many gluten free products, when they are trying to mimic the texture of wheat products, add a lot of ingredients that don’t agree with everyone. The most common are the gums – xanthan gum, arabic gum, guar gum. These are in gluten free products in much higher amounts than you would find in other foods, and they’ve been shown to cause tummy and bowel problems in some people. They’d be the most likely culprit.

Other possibilities would be ingredients you don’t usually eat, like some of the alternative grains like millet or sorghum. Or, again, other products that you don’t usually eat in large amounts, like tapioca starch – that’s another one that can zap people’s tummies.

I’d check the ingredients on the cake and take note, honestly, because some of these products have been showing up in more and more OTHER products that aren’t gluten free. Wouldn’t hurt to have a heads up for yourself that you have an issue with something there, you know?

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Posted by GlutenFree - February 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm

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Will having Celiac Disease keep me from becoming a nurse in the Military?

Question by Spork21: Will having Celiac Disease keep me from becoming a nurse in the Military?
I want to serve in anyway that I can. I know that I couldn’t be a soldier on the battlefield, but could I become a nurse in the Army or the Air Force? Thanks, any input will be appreciated.

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Answer by Shauna
It depends on the country, possibly in the branch of the military. For the USA, last I heard, Celiac Disease is an automatic medical discharge, and will prevent your being allowed into the military, period. I understand it’s simply because they cannot provide safe food for you to eat on any of the bases or in the field.

Again, I could be mistaken about a certain branch, but I don’t believe so.

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Posted by GlutenFree - February 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm

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I have a question about gluten allergies?

Question by Michelle Mendez: I have a question about gluten allergies?
If you suspect that you have a gluten intolerance should you either see a gastroenterologist, get a celiacs blood test or do both just to be on the safe side?

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Answer by Lily
I have been diagnosed with celiacs for about 8 years now. When I got tested, it wasn’t as known, so my blood test came back negative and I had to get a biopsy! Now, the blood tests are much more accurate and easier to get than an appointment with a gastroenterologist. I would definitely go for the blood test. If you choose that, it’s important to keep eating food with gluten in it, as you normally would, or the blood test will come back negative (no way of telling if no gluten in blood).

Don’t worry, eating gluten-free isn’t bad at all and is even recommended by nutrionists! 🙂

All the best!

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Posted by GlutenFree - February 21, 2013 at 2:20 am

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Knowing Celiac Disease

Nutrition has always been a concern to a lot of individuals. Just so you know, many as 1 in every 133 Americans (or 2 million in the continental United States) is suffering from a unique disease known as Celiac Disease? It was unusual before, but now very common.

If you have never heard of celiac disease, here it is. Simply put, celiac disease refers to a disorder of the digestive system that incurs damage to the small intestine and makes the proper absorption of nutrients harder. People suffering from this disease have a hard time digesting gluten, which is a protein in wheat, rye, and barley. To be specific, celiac disease destroys the villi, or protrusions of the small intestine lining that help in absorption. This makes the sufferer malnourished, regardless of how much he or she eats.

Celiac disease is hereditary and a lot of factors can be triggers. It can be active if it is genetic, but will not be noticeable right away. Adults and children alike can show symptoms of this disease in varied ways. In little children, there are red flags:

* Chronic diarrhea* Vomiting* Constipation* Excessive weight loss* Abdominal bloating* Abnormalities in stool, such as fattiness, unusually foul odors, or discoloration

Adults may exhibit some of these, albeit less common. Typically, celiac disease shows itself in these ways:

* Fatigue* Arthritis* Depression or anxiety* Seizures* Sores inside of mouth* Skin rashes* Numbness of the feet and hands* Osteoporosis * Pain in bones or joints* Unexplained iron deficiencies in blood (or anemia)

You must realize that celiac disease is a condition, and this could end up in more harmful long-term consequences. When you know the limits of your body, and the right nutritional knowledge regarding celiac disease, you will be faced with less risk. When you have more understanding regarding this disease, you will know how every gluten-laden food will affect you, how you can fight back, what exactly to expect.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - February 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm

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Q&A: Why am I still having symptoms when I’ve stopped eating gluten?

Question by Kayla G: Why am I still having symptoms when I’ve stopped eating gluten?
I’ve been put on a gluten free dairy free diet for two months to see if I’m allergic to either of these things. I was tested for celiac but it came back negative. I’ve been on it now for a week and a half and I am still having terrible stomach cramps and diarrhea not half an hour after I’ve finished a meal? Is it not working or what? I don’t want to do all this work if its not even making me feel better.

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1. You aren’t gluten free enough. Some people have to be extremely careful about not simply gluten ingredients, but gluten cross-contamination as well. You may want to check out cross-contamination, potentially, and try avoiding that (for dairy, too). Also, if you are having minor irritation from either of these, sometimes it can cause pain every time you eat, because the food moves along your intestines and if they are irritated already, it simply hurts every time the food moves.

2. You could have something completely different. It could be a physical problem or it could be a separate food intolerance (pretty much ANY food intolerance or mild allergy will cause the same symptoms, I’m sorry to say. So you can be reacting to, well, any food you eat. Crummy, huh?). Most people I know who couldn’t figure it out at first did an elimination diet and a food journal. If you get sick every time, sometimes you have to drop a LOT of foods before you start to feel better, and then you start adding foods back in and see when you react.

The GAPS and SCD diets are often used by people who are having troubles like this, and I know of many who have been helped by these a lot. Usually because they figured out what foods they were reacting to, if they kept track of symptoms and what they ate. It also involves probiotics and other things to help heal a damaged gut (with these two diets) so that can help, too.

I had similar problems, where I was ill and we couldn’t figure out the connection because just eliminating one or two foods didn’t do it. It ended up being gluten AND dairy…and soy and eggs and five more foods on top of that! But getting rid of them all, I feel so much better it’s kind of unbelievable. Not only is there no gut pain, but suddenly insomnia is gone, exhaustion is gone, frustration tolerance is WAY up, and even memory and concentration improved! It’s seriously worth it, if you can find out what’s going on.

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Posted by GlutenFree - February 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm

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I bought a box of Gluten free bread mix and It calls for a mixer can I use a hand held mixer?

Question by Joy E: I bought a box of Gluten free bread mix and It calls for a mixer can I use a hand held mixer?
Can Iuse a hand held mixer or does it have to be a heavy duty mixer. Is there a way to mix my Hodgenson mill gluten free bread mix by hand?

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Answer by pennybarr
I am not familiar with gluten free batter. If the batter is thick and heavy like many bread recipes, a mixer with a weak motor might break. Some hand mixers do have fairly heavy duty motors.

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Posted by GlutenFree - February 12, 2013 at 2:47 pm

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Weight Loss Gluten Free Diet

If you can avoid gluten, then do it. What’s with gluten, you may ask. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. While some people are totally allergic to it, others are just intolerant of it. These reactions could bring about irritable bowels, headaches, mood swings, acne and even weight gain. Here are some tips in making gluten-free diet and weight loss go hand in hand.

First, avoid allergens. Gluten is known to be among the most common forms of allergen. That being said, knock off every common allergen if you can. These may include (peanuts and tree nuts, shellfish, soy, eggs and dairy as well as gluten, of course. Do this even for a short period of time and observe your body. Then, slowly reintroduce them one at a time and examine the changes in your health.

Why not cut out all the common allergens (peanuts and tree nuts, shellfish, soy, eggs and dairy as well as gluten) for a short period of time and examine the health benefits. Then slowly reintroduce these foods one by one and monitor your body for changes.

Be in a high-protein diet. Doing so will crank up your metabolism. It makes your burn more fat. Plus, it makes you feel full for longer, hence dodging the urge to snack in between meals.

While at it, be in a low-carb diet. This will stabilize the sugar in your blood. Get rid of processed sugar, white rice, and alcohol. Have fruits and stay away from starchy vegetables. Go for gluten-free pasta and bread.

Organic whole foods without preservatives must be your go-to food. Foods that are covers in pesticides must be avoided. Also, steer clear of meats that are injected with growth hormones.

As much as you can, exercise. Inject exercises into your lifestyle so it becomes second nature. You may do it one step at a time, and gradually build up the frequency, duration and intensity of your workouts. Do all of these and see the difference.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - February 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm

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Food allergy makes me thin, but people still say I have an eating disorder?

Question by prettysaro: Food allergy makes me thin, but people still say I have an eating disorder?
I was diagnosed with celiac when I was 5. I was also found to have a severe intolerance to casein. A few years later I was sick again and referred from the ER to an allergist. The allergist determined that I was allergic to artificial colorings. So my diet is extremely limited and basically consists of fruits and veggies….I also eat eggs. As a result I am 93 lbs (quite underweight for my 5’4 frame). I do not have an eating disorder and I honestly eat as much as I can but people see me eating fruits and they see my size and just jump to conclusions that I must be anorexic. Is there anyway I can get people to leave me alone? They seriously are not helping my situation. It’s hard enough to deal with without their input.
No, I’m not a vegetarian but because I’m not able to have a lot of seasonings I generally stick to eggs.

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Answer by bubblybalysatv
I know someone who is allergic to lots of stuff too and shes about the same weight as you but a bit taller! I would just say forget about them, but it’s hard to sometimes cause it really gets to you. If you want you could always play some sports or physical exercise to gain some muscle? My friend rock climbs and it makes her feel good too.

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Food allergy makes me thin, but people still say I have an eating disorder?

Question by prettysaro: Food allergy makes me thin, but people still say I have an eating disorder?
I was diagnosed with celiac’s when I was 5. I was also found to have a severe intolerance to casein. A few years later I was sick again and refered from the ER to an allergist. The allergist determined that I was allergic to artificial colorings. So my diet is extremely limited and basically consists of fruits and veggies….I also eat eggs. As a result I am 93 lbs (quite underweight for my 5’4 frame). I do not have an eating disorder and I honestly eat as much as I can but people see me eating fruits and they see my size and just jump to conclusions that I must be annorexic. Is there anyway I can get people to leave me alone? They seriously are not helping my situation. It’s hard enough to deal with without their input.
No, I’m not a vegetarian but because I’m not able to have a lot of seasonings I generally stick to eggs.

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Answer by Nox
You’re going to have to development thicker skin and not worry so much about how others perceive you. Unfortunately, ignorance is never going to stop people from having an opinion on something.

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Posted by GlutenFree - February 9, 2013 at 1:46 pm

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