I was sick with constant increasing tiredness and diagnosed with chronic fatigue before I was diagnosed to be gluten and casein intolerant.
Since removing gluten and dairy from my diet in late 2007, I have been improving to the point that I have completed a 20 km, grade 4 (hard) tramping track and have climbed to the crater of a 2,518m volcanic mountain. (8,261 feet). Both those grade 4 trips took 11 hours to complete, but I still had energy left at the end of the day!
By not watching what I was eating, I had a handful of flavoured chips at a friend's home. The Casein on that handful of sour cream and chives flavoured chips made me very tired within 20 minutes and lasted 3 days! I was tired, dizzy and felt unwell.
It is worth getting your family checked for food intolerances before going fully onto the gluten free foods.
See an Intergrative Doctor if you can find one. They understand Natural health, Nutrition and Medicine and successfully combine natural and conventional health care to give total care.
Pure sugar from the sugar cane is gluten free.
When sugar is processed into icing sugar you have to watch it as the anti-caking, free flowing agents contain wheat.
You will also have to watch thickening agents, sauces, soy sauce (switch to Tamari), nearly everything needs to be carefully checked!
You will be better off switching from sugar to honey as sugar depresses the immune system and encourages the growth of candida and the "unhealthy" bacterias, but honey supports the immune system and the good bacteria but does not support the unhealthy bacteria and candida very well.
Anti-caking agents contain wheat, so check your herbs and spices... particularly the ground ones, and try and get the ones which do not have the "contain wheat products" warning.
With something like Corriander or Cumin, you may have to buy the whole seed and grind it in a coffee grinder if you cant find one that is free of wheat.
You will find most processed foods that come pre-prepared, pre-packaged will contain either gluten or dairy. They are also loaded with sugar!
Glutinous rice does not contain gluten.
Corn does not contain gluten,
Rice, Millet, Quinoa and buckwheat, are naturally gluten free.
Oats has a type of gluten that is not as severe as the wheat gluten. Some people on gluten free diets can tolerate small infrequent use of oat. I use it infrequently.
Yoghurt can be bought as gluten free and lactose free.
It was a gluten and lactose free yoghurt that helped us discover the casein intolerance. I reacted to it severely and we pinpointed the casein as the problem.
Pre packaged yoghurts contain sugar.
The sugar/milk combination is not very healthy. It increases the production of mucus and while sugar depresses the immune system, milk prolongs the depression time span.
Good luck in finding the cause for your family's health problems. I sincerely sugggest you see an Integrative Dr and have the food intolerances tested for and go from there...
here is to health!
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