25 Ways to Eat Well and Stay Healthy on the Gluten-Free Diet

18. Don’t skip dairy foods.

Dairy foods are important even if you are lactose intolerant. But they can be a problem (sometimes it’s a temporary problem) for those newly diagnosed with celiac disease. That’s because untreated celiac disease tends to destroy the tips of the villi where lactase is produced. Lactase helps digest lactose. Without sufficient lactase, you can develop problems like gas, bloating and diarrhea after consuming food that contains lactose.

Some people diagnosed with celiac disease find their lactose intolerance goes away as their small intestine heals. Others discover it doesn’t go away because they are genetically predisposed to be intolerant of lactose. If that’s the case and you continue to be lactose intolerant, use one of the products currently available that help people digest lactose. But remember to check that it is gluten free. The Calcium Information Center suggests that lactose intolerant individuals consume food with lactose-containing beverages to help delay gastric emptying and decrease symptoms.

19. Deal with DH.

Pay attention to all these tips if you have dermatitis herpetiformis (DH). DH has been called celiac disease of the skin. It is an extremely itchy, red rash that tends to appear on the elbows, knees, buttocks, scalp and back. The rash is caused by IgA deposits just under the skin that result because the individual is sensitive to gluten
Dermatologists often treat DH with dapsone, a drug that relieves the itch and slowly clears the rash. Affected individuals also should follow a gluten-free diet or the rash returns. The gluten-free diet gradually decreases the need for dapsone to the point where it can be discontinued. But DH patients must continue the diet for life.

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