There are some people who just cannot take gluten in their regular diets, such as those suffering from Celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other autoimmune disorders like lupus. This makes gluten-free food choices highly important to their health and nutrition and overall food satisfaction. If you or anyone in your family is allergic to gluten, you need to find the best sources for gluten-free fare.

What is gluten?

Gluten is actually a mixture of proteins that is known to have harmful effects in the gut, especially for people diagnosed with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance. The common sources of gluten include wheat, barley, and rye. Therefore, the more common types of food where gluten may be an ingredient include pasta, biscuits, cakes, bread, and other bread mixes, to name a few. Since most of these fare are found in almost everyone's daily diet and are normally stacked in grocery stores, sufferers of Celiac disease, autoimmune conditions, and gluten intolerance often have a hard time finding food products that are gluten-free.

Gluten is also found in beverages, such as in barley-based drinks like beer and barley fruit drinks. Yoghurt and cheese spreads may also contain gluten, as well as ready-mix spices, spice powders, and even certain kinds of medicines.

Nonetheless, there are also many kinds of healthy food that do not contain gluten. Almost all fruits and vegetables do not contain gluten, and most alcoholic drinks, except for beer, are typically gluten-free. Add to this list eggs, cheese, and coffee creamers.

Buying healthy choices

People suffering from Celiac disease as well as dermatitis herpetiformis need to find healthy food options that do not contain any gluten. Celiac disease patients often suffer from a dearth of nutrients, since there is the tendency to omit different types of essential foods from their diet. Gluten intolerance may also lead to complications, which is why a healthy but gluten-free diet is very much needed. Fortunately, you can easily find gluten-free foods online, from nibbles and snacks to beverages and dinner favorites such as bread mixes and pastas.

Finding gluten-free food online

Most people who are allergic to gluten need to make a few trips to the grocery stores just to be able to buy the food that does not lead to any sensitive reactions. If you find this quite inconvenient, you can choose to shop for your favorite gluten-free choices on the web. It is an inexpensive, easy, and hassle-free way to find your favorite fare without sacrificing on your nutritional intake or making the wrong choices.

Celiac disease, autoimmune conditions, and gluten intolerance can be made more manageable by choosing gluten-free food types. You also don't need to rack your brains on which products to go for and which to avoid, which can be highly inconvenient. There are great gluten-free food choices to be found online, and now you can buy them easily without having to leave home.

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  1. dasalvager

    What can I do to maintain my health against air pollution?
    Any natural products like herbs?
    I have shortness of breath
    And I have trouble breathing as deeply as I could in Australia now Im back in Singapore.

    The pollution is coming from the heavy traffic on the roads.
    Everytime a motor vehicle passes by I have to breathe the pollutants. And the large ratio of smokers even at restaurants and inside pubs. Plus the forest fires from Indonesia.

    I want to fight this unfair conditions that I have been dealt.
    I do not want to die slowly, having my insides and exterior slowly decay because the ppl around me dont care about the enviroment or even their health.

    1. Fleur

      Hi Dasalvage,

      You might not be able to control the heavy affects of
      pollution in Singapore, but you could consider other areas
      of your health to lessen the side affects you are experiencing.

      Try to eliminate as many chemicals out of your home space,
      office, car, clothing, personal care products etc. Try certified organic
      personal care products, deodorant without aluminium, toothpaste
      without fluriode (some contain: chlorhexidren, bromchlorophen &
      even formaldehyde). Fluoride Stripes are made from another

      Hair products & loads of sunscreens are not good for your skin.
      Your skin is the largest organ on your body. It is like your skin
      has billions of tiny mouths that ingest what is put onto it.

      Look for:
      Certified Organic products for your health care. Get yourself
      onto a good pro-biotic product to assist in the removal of
      bad bacteria from your colon & encourage good bacteria.
      After all from what I know we are made from bacteria.

      Check the food labels on the food you are eating. Get yourself
      a toxic chemicals listing & food listing. When eating out ask
      what is in your food.

      From my research I have found: Go easy on soy products. Soy is the abominable bean. The soy bean contains e.g. high levels of aluminium, high temperature grinding, extracted oils with dangerous solvents, the meal is mixed with alkaline solution.

      Do you drink diet drinks, chewing gum, jams etc.? From my research it is one of the most deadly excitotoxin of all. Also known as additive 951, it is not labelled on all foods.

      According to Dr William Campbell Douglas in his Second Opinion
      Newsletter: Chronic methanol toxicity from diet softdrinks (you know the big brands I am speaking about), usually diagnosed as something else, has similar symptoms as lupus and MS. It is usually found that the patient drinks three to four 12 oz cans per day.

      The symptoms of “aspartame disease” include chronic methyl alcohol toxicity – are amazingly varied, including: blindness, tinnitus, numbness, muscle spasms, slurred speech, blurred vision, joint pain, headaches, anxiety, vertigo and memory loss. Aspartane is sadly addictive.

      These are just some of products you could cut down on in your
      everyday life. I could go on & on. If you want more info I would
      love to tell you more.

      By the way if you do a lot of air travel careful there also. Did you
      know that they spray pesticides on the plane before passengers
      embark in many countries?

      Good luck with it all. Remember the most powerful energy
      is love!


  2. mr dance moves

    Would it be wrong to want to leave somebody who has gained a lot of weight?
    Or refuses to take care of their health. Just eat unhealthy food, never work out or simply not really give a damn. Eventually you try to get them help but they refuse to. And its not like you dated them they were first like this, they just changed and refuse to be healthy? Is it wrong to part ways.

    *Lets calm down on the name calling, you can do that if you want but if you want a best answer be thoughtful and focus on the main topic. Yes or NO, and give a reason why!
    And for the record im single, so this has nothing to do with me, its just this question has come up with me and this friend of mine!
    Actually they arent the same person. And again im single, not my problem. But if you change your weight its going to effect your self esteem. Sorry how you look effects you you are or how you feel about yourself. If people say it doesnt, thats fine. They can argue what they want.
    spedesia, how many women would listen to that? Lets be real!
    what is with this marriage stuff im talking about dating? And to be honest what wife wouldn’t want to look good for their husband. Theres a problem right there.
    im with you equal rights, grow the hell up. If you expect somebody to change for you, you should be willing to change for them. Just saying “well like me for what i am’ sounds nice. But you should be able to compromise in a relationship. If not its time to move on! i didnt say anything about marriage and everybody is shallow so what!

    1. latj

      I know a lot of women aren’t going to agree with what I’ve got to say but we as women are responsible for ourselves and TO ourselves… NO!!!! Just because we start to date someone or get in a relationship and perhaps get comfortable it is no excuse to gain weight and not care about ones self. Women scream about men taking away “self esteem” when they don’t realize that self esteem is exactly that…something that cannot be taken away because it ithat one something that you own and you take care of it exactly as you chose to. You have to love yourself and take care of yourself no matter how much a man loves you. Love yourself first and stay true to yourself and then you’ll never have to worry about being “lovely” for a man because you will be “lovely” for yourself first.
      Health…if you don’t love yourself enough to take care of yourself then no one else ever will. I have Lupus and other problems and still get out there and exercise and take care of myself. I know that I am the only person responsible to God and whomever to taking care of my body. Whatever transpires between my Dr. and I will only be get better if I take steps to make it better and I do that each and everyday.
      Women have to love themselves…just like men. I always tell my patients…love you, do you, be you, celebrate you. How can you expect anyone to love you if you don’t love yourself?
      EXCELLENT QUESTION…you should get the 10 points!!!!
      Peace, Love & Happiness

  3. Ozzina

    Is using Splenda to sweeten drinks/foods on a daily basis really harmful to your health?
    Thank you

    note: I know about stevia. It seems to be ickier than Splenda though.

    I appreciate it

    1. rosieC

      Splenda( Sucralose) is not natural; it is a chlorinated artificial sweetener. There have been no long-term human studies on the safety of Splenda; however, issues have been raised about Splenda in a new study from Duke University.

      According to the study, Splenda suppresses beneficial intestinal ( microflora) of bacteria and directly affects the expression of the transporter P-gp and cytochrome P-450 isozymes that are known to interfere with the bioavailability (effectiveness) of drugs and nutrients.

      Giving sugar-free chemicals to your children or using them during pregnancy may be harmful to a child’s emotional and physical maturation and to the normal development of a fetus.

      The dangers of aspartame( Nutrasweet, Equal; Sweet’N Low®. )are now widely known, but the risks of using Splenda are not documented – until now. Splenda may not penetrate the blood brain barrier as aspartame does, hence entering the brain and creating neurotoxin havoc at the brain center, but Splenda CAN adversely affect the body in several ways because it IS a chemical substance and not natural sugar

      New chemical sweeteners (like Splenda) and the sweetener blends (aspartame, sucralose; high fructose corn syrup and acesulfame K blended together in one product) may be causing users to show signs of weight gain, disruption of sleep patterns, sexual dysfunction, increases in cancer, MS, Lupus, diabetes,and a list of epidemic degenerative diseases. Sucralose is a possible trigger for some migraine patients.

      The two safest choices of sweeteners to date are saccharin and stevia. Yes, saccharin! Saccharin is actually similar to stevia in its origin. It originally came from a plant imported from China, and in its original form, is a complex sugar extract from the plant itself. Stevia is extracted from a plant grown in South America, and is also a complex sugar extract.

      Everyone needs to know that there is a difference between sugars – natural sugar, refined sugar, and corn syrup. Sugar is like a two-sided coin: heads – if natural, it can be useful to the body, and tails – if altered by man, it can be harmful to the body. How do you know the difference, and where can you buy the right kind of sugar products? Here’s the scoop…artificial sweeteners are not the solution.

  4. RH

    What is a good diet regimen for a lupus patient to follow? What foods should be avoided?
    I would like to know what foods to stay away from and what foods may help people diagnosed with autoimmune diseases. What is a good diet regimen for this diagnosis? Are there any foods that are harmful or that should be totally avoided by lupus patients?

    1. Linda R

      Lupus patients should avoid alfalfa sprouts. They stimulate the immune system, just the opposite of what we need.

      Outside of that, here are some basic guidelines that work for me.

      1. Eat lots, and I mean lots, of fresh fruits and vegetables
      2. Limit or eliminate animal fat. We have a high rate of premature atherosclerosis. A healthy heart diet is essential.
      3. Limit processed foods
      4. Eat plenty of fiber (#1 will accomplish that)
      5. Get regular mild to moderat exercise-it improves immune function, lubricates joints and elevates mood. Ask your rheumy what would be good for you.
      6. Do not take echinacea or goldenseal. They also stimulate immune system.
      7. Some lupus patients find wheat gluten to be inflammatory, but many of us have no problem with it.
      8. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, don’t put it in your mouth.
      9. Fish oil is anti-inflammatory. You can eat cold water fish like salmon to get that. A small amount of nuts is good, too.
      10. Make sure you get plenty of calcium. Our meds make us prone to osteoporosis. Exercise helps with that, too.

  5. LULU

    Is there a special diet for people with Lupus? Can you provide me with a diet on what and not to eat?

    My primary medical doctor let it slip out that I had lupus so now she is sending me to see Endo and Rhematoid doctors. However, my allergy doctor told me that he thinks I have is SLE. I once had long hair and now I am bald, yes bald. They tell me that I’m in Chronic Renal Failure. So I’m mainly trying to get a head start on these doctor when they hit me with the news.

    1. Linda R

      Your primary probably wanted to confirm the diagnosis with a rheumatologist. Lupus is hard to diagnose.

      There is no special diet but there are some sensible guidelines that are very helpful.

      1. Avoid fast and processed foods. Your body is having a hard enough time without giving it empty calories or a bunch of chemical additives.
      2. Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day
      3. Keep your animal fat intake minimal or non-existent. We are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, so don’t help that along.
      4. Eat cold water fish like salmon-the omega3 helps with inflammation and that helps with pain
      5. Get enough calcium, especially if you are on prednisone and plalquenil because those increase your likelihood of osteoporosis
      6. Avoid meats that have been given antibiotics and growth hormones (this is all the usual meat in the grocery store, buy meats that have a label saying they are free of these things)
      7. Stay out of the sun. The sun not only causes lupus skin issues but can cause flares in the organs like kidneys.
      8. Learn stress management techniques. Stress makes lupus worse.
      9. Get some regular, mild to moderate exercise every day. Even if it’s only 5 minutes.
      10. Learn all you can about lupus so you can be a proactive patient.

  6. sekhmet179

    What are the four stages of treatment for lupus?
    I remember reading somewhere that there were four stages of treatment for systemic lupus erythematosus I think it was like
    IV-Immunosuppressors, chemotherapy, etc

    I was wondering if there was anything like this on the internet or whether I am confusing it with the kidney affected stages? (I doubt it but you never know…)

    Thanks in advance for any info, and please be sure to set up a link to where you got your info

    1. Cheryl M

      What is the treatment for systemic lupus?

      There is no permanent cure for SLE. The goal of treatment is to relieve symptoms and protect organs by decreasing inflammation and/or the level of autoimmune activity in the body. Many patients with mild symptoms may need no treatment or only intermittent courses of antiinflammatory medications. Those with more serious illness involving damage to internal organ(s) may require high doses of corticosteroids in combination with other medications that suppress the body’s immune system.

      Patients with SLE need more rest during periods of active disease. Researchers have reported that poor sleep quality was a significant factor in developing fatigue in patients with SLE. These reports emphasize the importance for patients and physicians to address sleep quality and the effect of underlying depression, lack of exercise, and self-care coping strategies on overall health. During these periods, carefully prescribed exercise is still important to maintain muscle tone and range of motion in the joints.

      Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are helpful in reducing inflammation and pain in muscles, joints, and other tissues. Examples of NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn), and sulindac (Clinoril). Since the individual response to NSAIDs varies among patients, it is common for a doctor to try different NSAIDs to find the most effective one with the fewest side effects. The most common side effects are stomach upset, abdominal pain, ulcers, and even ulcer bleeding. NSAIDs are usually taken with food to reduce side effects. Sometimes, medications that prevent ulcers while taking NSAIDs, such as misoprostol (Cytotec), are given simultaneously.

      Corticosteroids are more potent than NSAIDs in reducing inflammation and restoring function when the disease is active. Corticosteroids are particularly helpful when internal organs are involved. Corticosteroids can be given by mouth, injected directly into the joints and other tissues, or administered intravenously. Unfortunately, corticosteroids have serious side effects when given in high doses over prolonged periods, and the doctor will try to monitor the activity of the disease in order to use the lowest doses that are safe. Side effects of corticosteroids include weight gain, thinning of the bones and skin, infection, diabetes, facial puffiness, cataracts, and death (necrosis) of large joints.

      Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) is an antimalarial medication found to be particularly effective for SLE patients with fatigue, skin, and joint disease. Side effects include diarrhea, upset stomach, and eye pigment changes. Eye pigment changes are rare, but require monitoring by an ophthalmologist (eye specialist) during treatment with Plaquenil. Researchers have found that Plaquenil significantly decreased the frequency of abnormal blood clots in patients with systemic SLE. Moreover, the effect seemed independent of immune suppression, implying that Plaquenil can directly act to prevent the blood clots. This fascinating work highlights an important reason for patients and doctors to consider Plaquenil, especially for those SLE patients who are at some risk for blood clots in veins and arteries, such as those with phospholipid antibodies (cardiolipin antibodies, lupus anticoagulant, and false positive VDRL). This means not only that Plaquenil reduces the chance for reflares of SLE, but it can also be beneficial in ‘thinning’ the blood to prevent abnormal excessive blood clotting.

      For resistant skin disease, other antimalarial drugs, such as chloroquine (Aralen) or quinacrine, are considered, and can be used in combination with hydroxychloroquine. Alternative medications for skin disease include dapsone and retinoic acid (Retin-A). Retin-A is often effective for an uncommon wart-like form of lupus skin disease. For more severe skin disease, immunosuppressive medications are considered as below.

      Medications that suppress immunity (immunosuppressive medications) are also called cytotoxic drugs. Immunosuppressive medications are used for treating patients with more severe manifestations of SLE with damage to internal organ(s). Examples of immunosuppressive medications include methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall), azathioprine (Imuran), cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan), chlorambucil (Leukeran), and cyclosporine (Sandimmune). All immunosuppressive medications can seriously depress blood cell counts and increase risks of infection and bleeding. Other side effects are peculiar for each drug. For examples, Rheumatrex can cause liver toxicity, while Sandimmune can impair kidney function.

      In recent years, mycophenolate mofetil (Cellcept) has been used as an effective medication for lupus, particularly when it associated with kidney disease. Cellcept has been helpful in reversing active lupus kidney disease (lupus renal disease) and in maintaining remission after it is established. It’s lower side effect profile has advantage over traditional immune suppression medications.

      In SLE patients with serious brain or kidney disease, plasmapheresis is sometimes used to remove antibodies and other immune substances from the blood to suppress immunity. Some SLE patients can develop seriously low platelet levels, thereby increasing the risk of excessive and spontaneous bleeding. Since the spleen is believed to be the major site of platelet destruction, surgical removal of the spleen is sometimes performed to improve platelet levels. Other treatments have included plasmapheresis and the use of male hormones. Plasmapheresis has also been used to remove proteins (cryoglobulins) that can lead to vasculitis. Endstage kidney damage from SLE requires dialysis and/or a kidney transplant.

      Most recent research is indicating benefits of rituximab (Rituxan) in treating lupus. Rituximab is an intravenously infused antibody that suppresses a particular white blood cell, the B cell, by decreasing their number in the circulation. B cells have been found to play a central role in lupus activity, and when they are suppressed, the disease tends toward remission.

      At the 2007 national Rheumatology meeting, there was a paper presented suggesting that low dose dietary supplementation with omega-3 fish oils could help patients with lupus by decreasing disease activity and possibly decreasing heart disease risk.

  7. Lark

    Why does a person’s sense of smell get better when you have a migraine?
    It’s like you smell perfume, exhaust fumes, food or anything that has a odour so much more intense. And with it your head hurts so much more. Any ideas why this happen?

    1. Smart Nurse

      This is the BEST Migraine information.

      Make the connection!

      Being a nurse with over 25 years experience, I have seen a lot of people with various illnesses. Many allergic reaction are indeed caused from foods HOWEVER…many more are caused from chemicals and fragranced products as well as VOC’s in homes, schools and workplace.

      This is a growing problem and many people are not even aware that it exists as more and more chemicals are being introduced and used on a daily basis. Many people believe that because something smells good and it is on a store shelf that it is tested, approved and safe for use.
      Think again !

      We are now seeing more and more children and adults with Chronic Headaches, Sinusitis, Migraines, Chronic Sinus Infections, Asthma, Allergies, Hives, Eczema, sinus / respiratory illnesses and Hormone related disorders. I can not emphasize how important it is to educate yourself about MULTIPLE CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY (MCS) and the harm you may be doing to your health by using chemicals and fragranced products.

      If you or a loved one has symptoms of or suffers from Asthma, Allergies, Autism, chronic headaches, reproductive problems, Migraines, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus or Fibromyalgia, you need to read further and learn about the signs and symptoms of MCS – Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

      Most doctors will not inform you about this because patients as a whole like to walk out of a doctors office with a prescription for some magical medicine and they do not want to be told that their expensive new perfume or newly installed carpet may be the culprit. So, the doctor will give you medications and many of these meds either do not work or cause other health problems.

      Chemicals and fragranced products are often the root of many disorders and illnesses when it comes to your health. Many of the below mentioned items are common triggers to sinus, asthma, itching, headaches, Migraines and allergy problems amongst other health issues. Get rid of them and your immune and respiratory system will thank you and you will breathe easier.

      And, it is not only personal body or cleaning products causing havoc on your health….many people become ill after wearing brand new clothing, dry-cleaned clothes, installing new carpet, painting, buying a new mattress or after home renovations because of the Flame Retardants, Antimony, Benzenes, Formaldehydes, etc. used in these products. So the answer is NO, you are not imagining that 2 weeks after your home, office or classroom got renovated you started to become ill, get dizzy or have headaches. This is happening more and more these days and adults as well as children are becoming sicker and sicker.

      Unfortunately, too many doctors compound the problem by prescribing chemical medications to try to alleviate the symptoms of an already chemical overloaded body and they rarely tell the patient to eliminate the chemical offenders. How many times have I seen people in the grocery store with Bounce, Glade Plug-Ins and Febreeze in their shopping cart along with a bottle of Benadryl , Migraine Excedrin and a box of Allergy Tablets ? Why don’t they make the connection?

      Keep in mind that your skin is the largest organ of your body and what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body. Then … well… then it has to be filtered by your organs which are already working real hard.

      BIG NO-NO’s —- I would SERIOUSLY recommend removing all of the below from your living / working area.

      No Bounce or dryer sheets – these are VERY toxic
      No Febreeze – your pets will even thank you for this
      No Glade Plug-ins – VERY toxic
      No Scented candles
      No Scented Dish Detergents
      No Fragranced Products on Body, Hair or Clothing
      No Smoke
      No Newspapers and Magazines – The ink is a huge irritant.
      No Dander
      No Sprays
      No Sharpies (marker pens)
      New Cartpeting, mattresses, paint, contain toxins that can trigger severe respiratory disorders as well as headaches and Asthma flare-ups.
      And remember, it is NOT the smell it is the Chemicals that make up the smell. So, even if something is “Fragrance Free” these products often mask the smell with another chemical ! There are plenty of safe healthy products out there that work well and do not have added chemical fragrances.

      More and more workplaces & schools are implementing Fragrance Free policies and creating “Fragrance Free Zones”… why do you think this is? Make the connection, your lungs , immune system and your general health will thank you.

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