Benefits of going gluten-free

WHAT IS GLUTEN?

The term 'gluten' refers to proteins found in wheat, barley and rye. The common misconception lies in the belief that gluten is equivalent to wheat. While gluten is found in wheat, it is also found in other widely-used grains. Hence 'wheat-free' labelled food products may contain traces of gluten.

Most Common
Food Sources
 
Wheat
  • Breads
  • Cereals
  • Pasta
  • Sauces
  • Salad Dressings
 
Barley
  • Beer
  • Food Colouring
  • Malt / Malt Vinegar
  • Soups
 
Rye
  • Cereals
  • Breads
  • Rye Beer

 

While experts agree that pure oats are gluten-free, oats may be contaminated during harvest, storage or other processing stages as they are often processes in other facilities that also process wheat, barley and rye.

CELIAC DISEASE (GLUTEN INTOLERANCE)

Celiac Disease is a genetic autoimmune and digestive disorder that damages the lining of the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of nutrients from consumed food. It is triggered by the consumption of gluten found in wheat, rye and barley products.

Patients suffering from the disease are unable to digest the protein gluten. When these individuals consume gluten products, their immune system forms antibodies to gluten which attacks the lining of the intestines. As such, this causes intestinal inflammation and damages the villi. When the villi is damaged, one’s body is unable to absorb nutrients into the bloodstream. This potentially leads to malnourishment and other long-term health problems.

Most Common Nutrient Deficiencies

Iron
Calcium
Vitamin D
Zinc

Some Symptoms Of Celiac Disease:

Digestive problems such as chronic diarrhoea and weight loss
Iron deficiency anaemia
Dermatitis herpetiformis
Fatigue

TREATMENT - A GLUTEN-FREE DIET

As Celiac Disease is a chronic autoimmune disease, the only available treatment is to embark on a gluten-free diet. For most individuals, adhering to a gluten-free diet will stop symptoms associated with Celiac Disease. Additionally, the healing of the small intestine will begin within weeks of the new diet and often completely heals within 6 to 18 months (dependant on a case-by-case basis).

A gluten-free diet requires avoiding all foods that contain wheat, barley, rye and other grains containing gluten. Hence, this means eliminating many food products from one’s daily diet. Despite these restrictions, fresh food products such as poultry, fruits and vegetables do not contain gluten and need not be avoided. However, successfully identifying gluten food sources are key to approaching the new diet.

 


WHY ORGANIC FOOD HELPS TO BUILD OUR CHILDREN'S IMMUNITY?

The first step, the very foundation, of having a strong immune system is nutrition, and most times a balanced, real food diet will do the trick at providing your child’s body with the nutrients it needs.

Exposure to chemicals can damage the immune system and make it more difficult to fight off common infections and even more serious diseases such as cancer. Our environments have become increasingly toxic. Even though these toxins are everywhere you can take the steps to create a healthy home environment and therefore reduce the amount of chemicals your children are exposed to.

To reduce the amount of nasty chemicals and additives that your child consumes, choosing organic-certified foods is one of the best choices you can make. Certified organic food is grown and processed without synthetic pesticides, herbicides, hormones or antibiotics. Its non-GMO, pasture-fed, free-range, sustainably-fished and biodiversity-friendly.

Purchasing organic foods will greatly decrease your child’s overall exposure to pesticides and help to create a healthier environment for everyone.

Serve organic and natural foods as much as possible, beginning with baby foods. A little baby’s growing brain and developing immune system are very susceptible to chemical influences. Eating organic fruits, veggies, grains and meats are a good way to help insure a healthier brain and body.