Psoriatic Arthritis and Gluten
The jury is still out on eliminating gluten — a complex protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. In a small number of cases, eliminating gluten can lead to improvements. However, following a gluten-free diet, which is very restrictive, is a major commitment. It’s not a step you should take unnecessarily.
It's important to note that you should discuss dietary modifications, such as following a gluten-free diet, with your health care provider prior to making any diet adjustments.
The decision to go gluten-free
There is no diet that will cure psoriatic disease, but there are many ways in which eating healthy food may lessen the severity of symptoms and play a role in lowering the likelihood of developing comorbidities.
Personally, I never gave gluten any consideration when thinking of ways to combat inflammation. That is until my doctors and I were trying to figure out some unrelated bowel issues and discovered that gluten is not my friend.
What does this diet even entail?
I began by strictly following a Low FODMAP Diet. In addition to the list of approved foods provided by my doctor, I also googled FODMAP diets for a larger look at what I should or shouldn’t eat.
After five weeks I began to reintroduce certain foods back into my daily diet. While most of the foods didn’t necessarily present an issue when reintroduced, I had lost the desire to eat many of them. Too bad my desire for bread wasn’t one of those!!
Finding relief by being gluten-free
But it wasn’t just my belly in which a difference was noted. The joints in my hands, knees, and feet are considerably less swollen when I remain gluten-free.
Are you sensitive to gluten?
Following a gluten-free diet or greatly reducing the amount of gluten I eat has made a difference. In fact, it has made enough of a difference that I make an effort to avoid gluten as much as possible. I still occasionally allow myself foods with gluten, but never for multiple days in a row.
I have also become very picky about which foods I permit. If I am going to have a piece of cake, it better be a darn good piece of cake! Are you sensitive to gluten? Do you follow a gluten-free diet? If so, what is one of your favorite gluten-free foods? One of my favorites is Annie’s Cocoa Bunnies Cereal.
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