While celiac (coeliac) disease is the most commonly know reason for eating gluten-free, there are MANY other reasons this could benefit you if you do not have celiac disease itself.
Multiple articles and studies can be found that clearly show how gluten affects people differently. Did you know that gluten can be an antagonist in “leaky gut,” where the lining of your digestive system becomes overly permeable and allows toxins to flow into your body and blood stream? These excess toxins are linked to more than just celiac disease! Here are a couple examples of how you can be affected by gluten, known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) or non-celiac gluten intolerance (NCGI).
- Autoimmune diseases can flare up, meaning your symptoms are greatly aggravated, due to gluten like arthritis, hypothyroidism (Hashimoto thyroiditis), multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, Grave’s disease, and many more that you can find at this link: http://www.aarda.org/autoimmune-information/list-of-diseases/
- Gluten can also cause join inflammation, joint pain, muscle pain, “brain fog,” fatigue, as well as multiple other things.
- Gluten and FODMAPs ( Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols) can be the cause of your IBS, GERD, and other digestive issues such as cramping, bloating, excessive gas, etc.
- Fun Fact: Until around 10,000 years ago, with the advent of agriculture, our ancestors were completely gluten-free.
Here is a recent article regarding the “fad” versus fact on gluten-free diets: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/23/dont-judge-gluten-free-too-harshly-science-shows-its-more-complex-than-facts-vs-fad
Here is a link to 300 symptoms and diseases that can be attributed to gluten beyond celiac disease from the University of Chicago: http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/CDCFactSheets10_SymptomList.pdf
If you have digestive issues like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), or dysfunctional gallbladder syndrome, the following is information on FODMAPs and the elimination diet: http://www.ibsdiets.org/fodmap-diet/fodmap-food-list/
I am NOT a doctor or other qualified medical professional who can offer medical advice or diagnosis. ALWAYS contact your physician regarding changes you plan to make with your health.