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Who Should Go Gluten-Free, With Cheryl Harris

Cheryl Harris, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist at the Kaplan Medical Center in Arlington, Virginia talks about why nutrition is such a key focus of their center. Not only does proper nutrition help prevent many health issues but it also promotes optimal health and well being. This can be especially true for people with a gluten intolerance who are trying to heal and restore a body damaged by gluten.

This video focuses on a gluten-free diet and why certain people can benefit from this type of diet. It specifically focuses on gluten intolerance, but it also mentions other autoimmune disorders and how a gluten-free diet can benefit people with other disorders, especially specific autoimmune disorders. If you’ve done much research on celiac disease you probably already know how this autoimmune disorder often goes hand in hand with others.

She gives a brief description of gluten, but for a more detailed description visit my post: What Is Gluten.

Even though this video is a couple of years old, the term gluten intolerance is still not well defined. There has been progress however, as Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity is now a recognized condition.

In this video she talks about what a significant difference a gluten-free diet can make in the lives of people who are suffering from a gluten intolerance, outside of the obvious health reasons. Even though the diet can seem challenging, especially in the beginning, because you feel so much better when you avoid gluten you may never want to go back to your old diet. Of course it can vary from one person to the next, but the improved quality of life does help make the lifestyle change easier for many.

She also discusses how a gluten-free diet can even benefit some people with other disorders like arthritis, lupus and fibromyalgia because gluten may be inflammatory, which makes symptoms worse.