Whether it’s because of celiac disease, a wheat allergy, a desire to lose weight, or any one of the other numerous reasons why people go gluten free, it’s safe to say that cutting out this omnipresent substance comes with its fair share of challenges. While the selection of gluten-free options in supermarkets, restaurants, and online is bigger than ever and an increasing number of people are aware of the gluten free lifestyle; eliminating it from your diet takes a major adjustment.  Many of us – regardless of our circumstances –often become disheartened at times with the sheer amount of initial effort required when changing diets and lose sight of the destination due to the tough journey.  We believe in you and we are here to support you. Our celiac family wants you to know that you are not alone. 

With that in mind, we’d like to remind you of some of the amazing physical and mental benefits that can come when eating gluten free to help you keep your eyes on the prize!

Here are some of the top reasons for eating gluten free:

1. Reduce Celiac Symptoms

This is undoubtedly the No. 1 reason to eat gluten free. In fact, it’s pretty much a given that anyone suffering with celiac should avoid gluten to help treat the condition. While there is no cure for celiac disease, following a gluten-free diet should help control symptoms and prevent the long term complications of the ailment. Even if you have mild symptoms, changing your diet is still recommended because continuing to eat gluten can lead to serious complications.

Prior to switching, many people experience gastrointestinal problems such as gas, bloating, and diarrhea. The Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) features a symptom assessment tool, which can help you determine what type of symptoms you have and how to treat them. Knowing your symptoms can help you recognize the perks of sticking to a gluten free diet, even when the task seems difficult in the moment.

2. Reduce the Risk of More Autoimmune Conditions

Another concern for those with celiac disease is being at risk for other, more serious autoimmune conditions. In fact, the CDF reports that the older a person is when they are first diagnosed with celiac disease, the higher their chances of acquiring additional autoimmune conditions. Receiving a diagnosis after the age of 20 comes with a 34% chance of also having conditions such as multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, autoimmune hepatitis, and more. So making the switch to a strict gluten-free diet can not only help with your celiac symptoms, but greatly reduce your risk for developing another autoimmune illness.

3. Decrease Joint Pain

Because arthritis is a concern for those with celiac disease, another reason to switch and stick to a gluten-free diet is its ability to decrease your chances of joint pain. Grains are known to have inflammatory properties, which means that they are more likely to cause inflammation in the body. The Arthritis Foundation reports that limiting consumption of grains and other gluten-based foods can help alleviate joint pain in those with celiac disease and arthritis. Joint pain can also irritate other symptoms and contribute to a great deal of stress and strain for the sufferer.

4. Improve Mental Health

Enduring a chronic illness can take a toll on one’s mental health, regardless of symptoms. Switching to a gluten-free diet can reduce the risk of depression and increase energy levels  because bodily health is so strongly tied to mental health. Since the pain and discomfort associated with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity can cause some people to experience anxiety, depression, or stress, it’s also important to recognize when to seek mental health treatment — especially if symptoms begin to interfere with your daily life or become worse.  

5. Increase Your Ability to Focus 

On top of lessening mood swings that can result from gluten consumption, eliminating gluten from your diet may also increase your ability to focus. Whether your lack of focus is mild or more severe, a considerable number of people with celiac report problems with brain fog, as do those with non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Though most people concentrate on the digestive symptoms of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, the impaired ability to focus that occurs in concert with digestive symptoms can be just as debilitating, since it can affect multiple aspects of your life. While the jury is still out on whether the source of brain fog is gluten directly or an offshoot of celiac consequences (i.e. a lack of sleep due to stomach pain), going gluten free is a great option for those who would like a clearer mind.

6. Decrease Headache Frequency

For those with regular headaches, we have good news: Eliminating gluten may also reduce the risk of frequent headaches — which can be a symptom of celiac disease. In fact, persistent headaches are often one of the earliest symptoms of celiac, but can also be triggering for people with gluten sensitivity. If you notice that your headaches and migraines often appear after heavily gluten-filled meals, it’s worth trying to nix the gluten in order to observe any improvements in the rate and severity of your headaches.

7. Improve Overall Health and Investing in Your Future

If the above reasons haven’t convinced you to either stick to a gluten-free diet or switch to one, think of it as an investment. Investing in your health is one of the most important things you can do — especially when you have a medical condition. It can also be very empowering to take control over your own health and make a major positive change in your life. If you’ve been thinking about or are having trouble adopting a gluten-free diet, we encourage you to browse our website and products for resources, meal ideas, and delicious and affordable gluten-free items that we hope will make your health journey a little easier. 

Finding healthy alternatives can be challenging or costly. Options are often limited, leaving people discouraged about their new gluten-free food options. Thankfully, our products can help with that. We offer all-natural options that can be added to your new diet regimen without the burden of traditional gluten-free options. We’ve got, flour, bread,corn bread , cake mixes, and more to aid you in filling your pantry with nutritious and delicious new foods. Best of all, these are offered at a reasonable price, so you won’t break the bank while trying to stay healthy.

We hope that the above reasons for going gluten free help you keep a positive mindset and empower you to stick to your new diet. We know that it can sometimes be difficult, but remembering that the benefits far outweigh the challenges and utilizing all of the support and resources available to you should help keep you on track for success.

We wish you the best of luck with your gluten-free journey and are always here to support you on your path!