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Start Here: How to Fix Your Health

The Gluten Free Works Health Guide helps you determine what is affecting your health and shows you how to fix your health problems, so you can get well, look good, and stay healthy.

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The Essential Fundamentals to Achieve Wellness

Certain Essential Fundamentals must be addressed to recover and achieve good health.

The Gluten Free Works Health Guidewellness essentials is the first and only resource in the world that addresses each of the following Essential Wellness Fundamentals.

By following the steps the Health Guide provides, you will grow stronger, think more clearly, increase energy, decrease pain, reduce stress, and feel better – physically, mentally and emotionally.

The Recovery Process:

Part 1: Understanding Gluten, Gluten Disorders and the Gluten Free Diet

Part 2: Identifying and Correcting Your Health Conditions

Part 3: Identifying and Correcting Nutrient Deficiencies

 

How to Accomplish Each Part:

Part 1: Understanding Gluten, Gluten Disorders and the Gluten Free Diet

Adopting a strict 100% gluten-free diet is mandatory. Do not eat gluten (wheat, barley, rye and oats) and do not apply anything containing gluten to your skin. There is no other treatment for immune responses to gluten. These responses include celiac disease, non-celiac disease gluten sensitivity and allergy. Remember, only 1/8th teaspoon of flour can keep the immune reaction active.

Eliminating gluten is the first step because your body cannot recover as long as it is being:

1) Damaged by inflammation in the case of any immune response to gluten.

2) Deprived of nutrition through malabsorption in the case of celiac disease.

Review these Sections to Better Understand Gluten and Its Effects on Your Body:

    • Gluten Explained
      Grains That Contain Gluten.
      Anatomy of Gluten-Containing Grains.
      Gluten Grain Taxonomy
      How Gluten Triggers Sensitivity Reactions
      How Gluten Grains Are Used As Food
      Gluten Grains and Nutrition

Gluten Disorders

    • Celiac Disease
      Celiac Disease Explained
      Characteristics of Celiac Disease
      How Active Celiac Disease Develops
      The Symptoms of Celiac Disease
      How Celiac Disease Symptoms Present
      Classification of Celiac Disease Patients
      How Can I Tell If I have Celiac Disease
      How Many People Are Affected
      What is the Treatment
    • Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
      What is Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
      Who Is At Risk for Developing Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
      What Health Problems Can Develop
      What You Should Do If You Think You Have Gluten Sensitivity
      Testing for Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
    • Diagnosis and Testing
      How Is Celiac Disease Diagnosed
      Steps to Celiac Disease Diagnosis
      The Tests Explained
    • Treatment
      Management Elements & Explanations

Review These Sections Under Gluten-Free Diet and Health Guide to Better Understand How to Build and Manage Your Diet:

  • The Gluten-Free Diet
    Who Should Follow This Diet
    Food Safety
    Learning About Safe Vs. Unsafe Foods
    How Unsafe Foods Are Used in Food
    Foods Allowed and Not Allowed on the Gluten-free Diet
    Hidden Sources of Gluten in Foods
    Buying Safe Foods
    12 Helpful Tips When Buying Food
    Preparing Safe Foods: Guidelines
    Eating Out
    Menu Ideas
  • The Nature of Foods and Nutrients
    Macronutrients
    Carbohydrates: Sugars, Starches, Fiber.
    Fats: Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids, Monounsaturated Fatty Acids.
    Protein
    Micronutrients
    Fat Soluble Vitamins
    Water Soluble Vitamins
    Minerals
  • Gluten Food Substitutes
    Unsafe Foods and Ingredients
    Safe Flours and Starches
    Safe Side Dish/Main Dish Ingredients
    Safe Cereal Replacements
    Keeping Safe Pantry Replacements on Hand
    The Uses of Unsafe Grains and Their Replacements
    Foods Allowed/Not Allowed on the Gluten-Free Diet According to Food Group
  • How Digestion Works & The Impact of Gluten on the Digestive System
    PART 1: Our Digestive System
    How Digestion Works…A Walk Through
    Movement of Food Through the System
    Production of Digestive Juices
    Absorption and Transport of Nutrients
    How the Digestive Process Is Controlled
    1. Hormone Regulators
    2. Nerve Regulators
    PART 2: Impact of Gluten on the Digestion
    Impact on Hunger and Appetite
    Impact on the Mouth
    Impact on the Pharynx and Larynx
    Impact on the Esophagus
    Impact on the Stomach
    Impact on the Small Intestine: Duodenum, Jejunum, Ileum
    Impact on the Large Intestine
  • Fitness Guide
    Discussion
    Key Recommendations
    Key Recommendations for Special Populations: Children, Adolescents, Pregnant Women, Breastfeeding Women, Older Adults
    Calories/Hour Expended in Common Physical Activities

Part 2: Identifying and Correcting Your Health Conditions

Achieving good health requires understanding your symptoms and health conditions, recognizing whether they are related to the toxic effects of gluten within your body and/or nutrient deficiencies that have developed from malabsorption, how they respond to a gluten-free diet and what you need to do to correct them.

Health Conditions (Signs, Symptoms, Associated Disorders & Complications) 

Review the complete list of Health Conditions to find a problem that affects you, or search by Body Organ or Body System.

When you identify a health condition, click the link provided. Each of the Health Condition pages on this website uses the same format to give you a broad base of information that includes the following:

    • A Description of the Health Condition.
    • How the Health Condition Presents in Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity.
    • Prevalence of the Health Condition Related to Celiac Disease.
    • List of the Health Condition’s Symptoms.
    • Explanation of How the Health Condition Develops.
    • How the Health Condition Responds to a Gluten Free Diet.
    • 6 Step Process to Correct the Health Problem.
    • Summaries of Medical Studies About the Health Condition as it Relates to Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity.

expanded formatReview the Health Condition pages of interest to gain an understanding of how the health condition is affecting you. Many times, health conditions due to celiac disease or gluten sensitivity cause different symptoms and are treated differently than how the conditions would be when gluten is not responsible.

Follow the 6 Steps to Correct the Health Condition at the end of the page:

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    Remove the Trigger. Maintain a Strict, Nutritious Gluten Free Diet. Removing gluten is the first step, but a strict gluten-free diet that meets your individual needs is necessary for optimal health. Oftentimes, a nutrient deficiency, or multiple ones, is the underlying problem. If a nutrient deficiency is the cause, it will be listed on the Health Condition page and linked to that Nutrient Deficiency’s page. Links to the nutritional deficiencies you need to correct and lists the estimated time for recovery are provided.

  2. Reduce Inflammation. Foods to Eat and Foods Not to Eat. Gluten is inflammatory, so you must avoid foods that lead to inflammation and replace them with foods that are anti-inflammatory while you heal. Lists of each are provided.
  3. Information Sheet You Can Take to Your Doctor or Other Health Professional. Your doctor or health provider can be a valuable asset to your health. That said, he or she will appreciate some help from you. Print and complete this handy Information Worksheet to Prepare for an Office Visit with Your Medical Professional. Contains everything your doctor will need to know to properly treat you: Medical History, Symptoms, Diet Diary, Medication Diary and Supplement Diary.
  4. Manage Your Medications Safely. Some medications deplete nutrients resulting in symptoms and complications. Here is where you will learn which ones may be influencing your health condition.
  5. Nutritional Supplements To Help Correct Deficiencies. Find out which supplements help the condition. The type and quantity of nutritional supplements that may be needed depend on which nutrients are deficient.
  6. Manage Natural Remedies. Hydration, herbs, exercise and other remedies are provided so you can incorporate them into your health plan.

Print a copy of the Health Condition page for your records or to bring to your healthcare provider.

Part 3: Identifying and Correcting Nutrient Deficiencies

The vast majority of health conditions related to gluten stem from nutrient deficiencies due to the malabsorption that gluten causes. Identifying and correcting these nutrient deficiencies is crucial to regaining and maintaining health.

Nutrient Deficiency Search

Review the list of Nutrient Deficiencies to determine if any is the cause of your symptoms. Each of the Nutrient Deficiency pages listed on this website uses the same format and includes the following:

    • A Description of the Nutrient.
    • How the Nutrient Deficiency Presents in Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity.
    • Prevalence of the Nutrient Deficiency Related to Celiac Disease.
    • List of the Nutrient Deficiency’s Symptoms.
    • Explanation How the Nutrient Deficiency Develops.
    • How the Nutrient Deficiency Responds to a Gluten Free Diet.
    • 6 Step Process to Correct the Nutrient Deficiency.
    • Summaries of Medical Studies About the Nutrient Deficiency as it Relates to Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity.

Read the page to gain an understanding of how the nutrient deficiency is affecting you. Nutrient deficiencies tend to have a cascading effect on health, where conditions deteriorate and worsen unless the deficiencies are corrected.

Follow the 6 Steps to Correct the Nutrient Deficiency:

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    Meet, or Exceed the RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowances) for the Nutrient per day. Know how much of the nutrient you need. Lists the necessary amount of the nutrient needed by infants, children, teens, male adults, female adults, female adults who are pregnant and female adults who are breastfeeding.

  2. Diet – Include Food Sources Highest in the Nutrient. Find out where to find the nutrient. This section lists the animal and plant sources that are highest in the nutrient. Each food tells you the serving size, how much nutrient the food contains and how many calories per serving.
  3. Diet – Avoid  or Limit These Foods That Deplete or Interfere With Absorption. Learn which foods could sabotage your efforts. These are the foods you must avoid because they either deplete the nutrient or interfere with absorption of the nutrient.
  4. Monitor Medications That Deplete or Interfere With Absorption. Medications can affect absorption or deplete certain nutrients. Discover which ones may be depleting your nutrients, leading to deficiencies and the symptoms that result.
  5. Manage Nutritional Supplements to Obtain the Deficient Nutrient. Find out the best form of the supplement to take and how much is optimal. Learn how much is too much and the health issues overconsumption can cause: toxicities, interference with absorption of other nutrients, etc. Cautions are also provided. For example, individuals with certain health issues who may be affected by increased intake.
  6. Other Supplements That Deplete or Interfere With Absorption. Taking a specific nutrient can interfere with absorption of another nutrient. Learn which nutrients not to take at the same time and when to take each.

Print a copy of the Nutrient Deficiency page for your records or to bring to your healthcare provider.

Next Step: How To Use This Site

The How To Use This Site page will show you how to search the website, find your health conditions, symptoms and nutrient deficiencies.

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