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Should you worry if there's gluten in the products you're using?

For many of us it probably doesn’t matter if there’s gluten in our moisturiser or shampoo but for people with Coeliac disease or a heightened sensitivity to gluten it could make a lot of difference.

What is coeliac disease?
Coeliac disease is a condition affecting the intestines that is often triggered by intolerance to gluten. Its symptoms include diarrhea, fatigue, and weight loss. Coeliac disease affects the healthy function of the tiny, finger-like structures called villi, which line the inside of the intestines and help break down and absorb the nutrients contained in your food.

How does gluten affect people with coeliacs?
Gluten is a form of protein found in foods processed from wheat, barley and rye and can react with the villi in small intestine lining, causing them to become inflamed and affecting their ability to absorb nutrients. The usual treatment is a gluten-free diet, however many people overlook other possible sources of gluten that may be present in their homes and which come into regular contact with their skin. The skin is the body’s largest organ and being porous, it can absorb some of the chemicals applied to it.

Common household items that may contain gluten:

  • Lipstick and lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Certain medications and antibiotics
  • Adhesives on stamps and envelopes
  • Toothpaste and mouthwash
  • Soap and shampoo

Tips to avoid cross-contamination when you’re  following a strict gluten-free diet:

  • Use different utensils and cookware for foods containing gluten
  • Avoid oats – they can often be contaminated with gluten from wheat products, due to being grown in close proximity and processed using the same equipment
  • Keep processed foods to a minimum. Some processed foods can be contaminated with gluten due to being processed on the same lines as foods containing gluten
  • Read the labels on your skin and body care products, if unsure ask the company concerned whether their products contain gluten.

If you’ve had any experience or luck trying to find gluten-free products, we’d love to hear about it, please tell us your story in the comments field below.

Useful links:

http://www.coeliac.org.nz/index

http://www.celiac.org/index.php

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Comments | 6

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    Shifting into a household of people that are gluten free, there has been a change to my personal diet. Reading the labels on things BEFORE putting them into your supermarket trolley definitely makes life more easy at home.
    By Heidi-Ann on Thu May 22, 2014
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    Always Read Labels To Avoid Gluten in Processed Foods, and Find A Good Gluten-Free Cookbook. Also avoid contamination!
    By Joelene on Wed May 21, 2014
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    Best Gluten free tip.....Read what's in EVERYTHING!!!! Never before have I been so informed as to what I eat and put on my body, the consequences are to high if I don't. I used your Manuka Honey and Kelp soap and started getting symptoms, it took me a while to consider that it could be the new soap I was using and when I checked the ingredients I was like "ahhhh wheat in the soap!!!" ...it is beautiful soap, just not for someone as sensitive to wheat as myself. I use all your products bar the ones with the wheatgerm oil in them...also my daughter is highly sensitive and always breaks out into a rash, eco store products keep her safe, something a mother is very grateful for...Thank you
    By Stacey Theedom on Wed May 21, 2014
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    Which ecostore products contain gluten?
    By Paula on Thu June 06, 2013
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    [...] What if there’s gluten in the products you’re using? (ecostore.co.nz) [...]
    By What is Celiac (Coeliac | Celiac Sprue)? | jack jo on Wed May 29, 2013
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    Which of your products are gluten free?
    By ilona on Sat May 25, 2013

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