If you are a newly diagnosed celiac, or have just discovered that you are intolerant to gluten you may be wondering “what is gluten free food?” In this article I'll explain exactly what gluten is and how you can get started on a gluten free diet.

Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, barley and rye. For the majority of people this protein can be digested without any problems, but for the 1% of people with celiac disease it cannot be tolerated, even in the most minute amount. The reason for this is that the immune system mistakenly identifies gluten as the enemy and starts to produce antibodies against it. These antibodies attack the villi in the small intestine causing stomach cramps, fatigue, headaches, nausea, bloating and all sorts of other symptoms related to vitamin and mineral deficiency.

At the moment there isn't a cure for celiac disease and the only treatment is adhering to a strict life long gluten free diet.

So, what is gluten free food? To put it simply it is food that does not contain any wheat, barley or rye. However, it should also be food that is completely free from any cross contamination. The amount of gluten required to cause a reaction in a celiac patient is less than one hundredth of a breadcrumb, so it is important that the food is not made on the same equipment in a factory as other gluten containing products.

Naturally gluten free foods include all fish, meat, vegetables and fruit, pulses, nuts, the majority of dairy and certain grains including corn, rice, quinoa and sorghum. In general you can safetly eat all of these foods, but if they have been processed in any way you must check the label to ensure that there are no gluten containing ingredients or possible cross contamination.

As well as natural gluten free foods, you may also find a selection of gluten free baked goods at your local supermarket or health food store. These can include things like cakes, bread, rolls, biscuits, crackers and more. Gluten free companies use other types of flour to replace wheat flour, e.g. corn flour, potato flour, rice flour and so on. This allows them to create the types of foods that you were used to eating before you went on a gluten free diet. The main downside of these gluten free foods is the cost – in general they cost around two to three times more than regular gluten containing produce.

If you have embarked upon a gluten free diet you may well feel daunted at first. However, just study a gluten free diet food list and be sure to double check all the food labels before you buy anything. It makes sense to eat plenty of healthy unprocessed foods and this should give you the best chance of recovering well.

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19 thoughts on “Gluten Free Diet And Lupus

  1. Ashley

    I have Hoshimoto’s hypothyroidism. Should I be worried about celiac disease?
    I have been going untreated for my thryroid disease for months now due to a lack of health coverage. Recently, I have been experiencing a loss of appetite, abdominal pain, nausea (no vomiting), and diarrhea. I have heard that there may be a link between celiac and hypothyroidism and am now concerned that I should be screened for celiac. Should I be worried or do I just have some kind of stomach bug?

  2. Kayla

    Can someone tell me all about Celiac’s disease?
    I think I was diagnosed with it two years ago but I can’t remember. It is terrible my mom passed away and I don’t know where she put the papers at. How can I find out and what does the diet consist of if I do have it?

    1. ★☆✿❀

      Firstly, I’m sorry to hear about your mother, I hope you’re doing ok =]

      Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease. This means that the immune system attacks itself when it should be really attacking foreign bacteria and viruses.

      Celiac Disease is considered an organ specific autoimmune disease. Which means that it affects one organ, the intestine.

      What happens is that some people are susceptible to Celiac Disease because they carry certain genes (HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8). To have Celiac Disease you must have one of these genes. The genes are passed down to you by your parents.

      But many people carry this gene but never develop Celiac Disease. Those who do, are usually just living their life happily, then something traumatic happens (i.e. car crash) or an illness (the flu) or even nothing in particular, then the body begins to attack itself.

      When the body begins to attack itself it produces antibodies. These are picked up in the blood test.

      But the finally diagnosis is made by a biopsy of the small intestine. This involves having a camera put down your throat and the doctors taking a number of samples. If these show damage, then you’re diagnosed with Celiac Disease.

      Some people with Celiac Disease have no symptoms, others have very severe symptoms. But the severity or number of symptoms you have does not correlate with the damage occurring internally. It can be very damaging not following the diet. These things develop slowly and can be very damaging. Side effects of untreated Celiac Disease include vitamin deficiencies, other autoimmune diseases (Lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroid disease etc), osteoporosis and even bowel cancer.

      The only way to prevent Celiac Disease from progressing is to eat gluten free. This involves removing all wheat, barely, rye, oats, spelt, couscous and a few other minor grains from your diet. Gluten is most obviously in foods like pasta, bread, cakes, cookies, crumbed/breaded/battered food, pizza bases and much more. But it’s also in found in things that you’d least expect, like sauces (i.e soy sauce, mayonnaise), drinks (i.e. ice tea, hot chocolate powder), lollies/candy, ice cream and much more.

      You can go and speak to your GP/PCP. They will have the records to say whether you have Celiac Disease. If you do, then you should ask to see a dietitian.

      Good luck. If you have anymore questions you can email me. My email is open on my profile.


  3. MaluLanix0x

    How common is it to have both psoriasis and lupus (SLE)?
    yes, i knoe they are autoimmune disorders, but how common is it to have both. Would the Lupus cause the psoriasis?

  4. Kennedy

    What exactly is Celiac Disease and can you grow out of it? ?
    So my boyfriend just found out he has Celiac Disease but hasn’t had any of the symptoms… But he was wondering if one can ‘grow out of it’ or if you have it the rest of your life. Please help, he’s very worried and his doctors won’t give him answers.

  5. Anthony C.

    Should I avoid gluten at all costs?
    I recently had an allergy test done through my blood (RAST i believe its called) and it came back that I am allergic to gluten (wheat, rye, oat, barley), milk, peanuts, almonds, beef and a few others that are not important to me. Do you think it will be okay to maybe take 1 or 2 days out of every month and eat normal bread and pasta or should I absolutely avoid it forever? This gluten free diet is killing me.

  6. Frusterated Celiac

    If you have Celiac’s Disease could you help me with your own personal experiences?
    I got diagnosed almost a year ago….I never felt bad before and never really had any problems. They said i would be shocked to find out how used to feeling bad i have become and that i would feel amazing soon. There is no change and i don’t feel any different. I am just very frustrated i cannot have any good food anymore and i feel the exact same as i did when i was loving and eating all kinds of good food. Has this happened to any of you? What was yours like?

    1. ★☆✿❀

      I can empathize entirely. I had very few symptoms before I was diagnosed. I have a b12 and foliate deficiency that wouldn’t improve on injections/tablets, the odd diarrhea (maybe once a month) and fatigue. For the first 6 months I felt far worse eating gluten free but I stuck it out. After about a year I did feel a lot better.

      You may or may not notice the difference in your symptoms, but regardless, you have to continue to eat gluten free. If you do not, you’re at risk of developing other autoimmune diseases like Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis. You also increase your chances of developing bowel cancer. These reasons alone, you should continue with the diet.

      Good luck.


  7. luffjm34

    What autoimmune disorder would cause these symptoms for so many years?
    -Extreme Fatigue
    -Never feel rested after sleep
    -Stomach problems (gas, cramps)
    -Low body temperature
    -raised SED rate/C Reactive protein

    I have tested negative for lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Celiac’s and my thryoid number was a little off, but not out of the lab’s normal range. These symptoms have been for EIGHT YEARS.

    1. Anonymous

      Are you on a gluten-free diet? If not, consider doing this, and after 3 or so months, get all of your blood levels tested again. Celiac tests are notorious for providing false negatives, and the symptoms of Celiac disease can disguise themselves as a number of things, including cancer.

      I tested negative as a Celiac, but after the 1st month on a strict gluten-free diet, I noticed huge changes in my state of health. It was like I had a new lease on life. By 3 months, my thyroid was normal again and I have so much more energy.

      Good luck on your quest for health.

  8. Jehovah's (servant) Girl!

    Help! What can someone do about edema, neuropathy pain in feet?
    I know someone that is very ill. She has RA, Lupus, Diabetes, Fibromylagia, Osteoporosis, High-Blood Pressure. Out of it all the edema and neuropathy pain is what getting to her the most.
    Do you have any tips, suggestions, etc…? It seems her Dr. isn’t concern enough. This poor person has thought about amputating both her feet.
    Wow. All of this is very helpful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and her swollen little feet.

    1. Camellia

      It sounds like she has celiac disease. All of those diseases are linked to celiac. Try to get her to eat a gluten free diet. That might help all of them.

  9. Sarpasta

    Does anyone know if yeast infections are associate with MS?
    I’ve been having problems for the last 5 years and recently my neurologist found lesions on my brain. Given my medical history, he believes I may have ms. I had a problem with Muscle spacticity (not sure about the spelling) for about 4months and my congnitive thought process has more and more deficits as time goes on. I also have a lot of back and neck pain along with numbness and tingling in my arms in legs. On top of all this, I have had numerous yeast infections.

  10. Steven P

    Is it possible i have coeliac disease?
    I am 18 years old, for the last couple months i have been feeling real tired, had no energy and have had pains in my gut. I had blood tests a couple days ago and they said my antibodies are highly sensitive for coeliac disease. Does this mean that i have got the disease? Howcome it has only occured in the last couple months, i though you had to be born with this kind of thing for it to occur.

  11. Becca

    If I completely cut gluten out of my diet , How much weight would I lose?
    With diet and exercise of course.
    I’m 5,0 -5,1 and 9.5 stone in weight.
    I’m 19

    1. Kristen

      You might actually not lose weight. Here’s why:
      -Gluten free products (cookies, chips, etc) often contain more fat and sugar than their gluten-containing counterparts to make up for the difference in texture.
      -Most gluten-free grains are water-soluble, which means that they stick in your gut and move through more slowly. Short answer is that most products contain less fibre that will help you lose that weight
      -Cutting out gluten means cutting out fast food. 99.9% of fast food will contain gluten in some form, whether from cross-contamination in a fryer or from hamburger buns
      -If you avoid processed gluten-free foods, then you’re basically restricted to a diet of whole grains (rice, quinoa) vegetables, meat, milk.

      The gluten-free diet isnt’ meant to be a weight-loss cure. It’s a MEDICAL diet, for people with celiac disease/gluten intolerance/lupus. Gluten causes an immune reaction in these people where the intestine is attacked. However, the diet is fairly healthy, especially if you avoid any processed gluten-free foods (breads, cookies, etc).

  12. TangerineSKY

    Aside from avoiding gluten, is the patient perscribed steroids for celiac disease?
    do any of you have celiac’s and do you take steroids for the disease eventhough u avoid gluten?

    ALSO I heard many people with celiacs have lupus so they end up taking steroids anyway with the diet

    1. ★☆✿❀

      I have Celiac Disease and yes I take steroids, but I don’t take steroids because of Celiac Disease. Steroids are not prescribed for Celiac Disease, the only treatment for Celiac Disease is a gluten free diet.

      I wouldn’t say many people. But some of us (including me) are unlucky, as having one autoimmune disease makes it more likely you’ll have another. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease at 17 and I’m now waiting to see a rheumatologist, my doctor said it’s either Lupus, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease or Rheumatoid Arthritis. I’m 21 years old. This is the reason I’m on steroids, not because of the Celiac Disease.

      Not everyone who has Celiac Disease will develop another autoimmune condition, most don’t.

      Steroids (like Prednisone, which is what I’m on) are not used unless it’s absolutely necessary because the side effects are bad. You only need to google ‘Prednisone side effects’ and you’ll see the long list.

      Good luck


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