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Chakra2

Member Since 18 Jun 2010
Offline Last Active Oct 01 2010 09:43 AM
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#633660 Where Do I Find Gluten Free Toothpaste?

Posted by Chakra2 on 21 August 2010 - 07:29 PM

Love my Tom's of Maine toothpaste! I took awhile to get used to the taste but I've been using it for years now. I have a gluten-sensitive toddler, too, so I found California Baby soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and sunscreen in the baby aisle and I like their stuff -- very clearly labeled gluten-free. I get Tom's at Whole Foods and California Baby at WF or Target. Don't have much advice about makeup -- I'm still exploring that category but if you search here for old posts I think you'll find lots of tips and good brands. As for laundry detergent, I use 7th Generation from WF and don't think I've had any problems. Plus, not everyone will react to gluten contact on skin. I am more concerned about personal care products that could end up in my mouth by accident. But I did find these things called soap nuts at Whole Foods and I tried them on a whim and they seem to really work! No gluten, no toxins, less pollution. Kind of weird but neat!

I definitely had a noticeable improvement when I switched out my hair, face and body products to gluten free.
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#631583 Asymptomatic Celiac, And Now That I've Gone Gluten Free Am Having Stomach...

Posted by Chakra2 on 13 August 2010 - 07:05 PM

This might not be your issue, but there are several gluten-free foods that cause me stomach pain: dairy, soy, corn and rice. Nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers) cause me severe joint pain, but not stomach pain. Celiac disease does bizarre things to your intestines -- it could be that, even without GI symptoms, its caused you to have an intolerance to another food. Also, are you sure you have all gluten out of your diet, bath products, significant other's diet, etc? As you eat gluten-free, you might become more sensitive to even small amounts of gluten. Hope you can feel better soon.
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#628125 Joint Pain

Posted by Chakra2 on 31 July 2010 - 07:00 PM

I'm 33 and it was my joint pain that finally got me worried enough to see a doctor. I thought for sure I had RA-- I couldn't believe how many of my joints were hurting, even toes and fingers. I think I have had celiac or gluten intolerance all my life (lots of GI issues startng in infancy ) but have only recently found out about it. My knees and hips started to hurt as a 13-14 year old and I was told that was just because a was a girl playing sports. I have always liked to stay active so I just exercised through the pain for the past 20 yrs. Maybe not the best plan but docs kept telling me hurting was inevitable if I kept running. Um, NOT TRUE!!!!! My joints are pain free for weeks at a time if I avoid gluten, dairy, corn, soy and nightshades. The nightshades has actually been the biggest bummer but it helps a lot to not eat those foods. I was mildly glutened today and within 2-3 hours my joints were really sore. It's great to know what causes it now, though, and to know that it will pass in a day or so. Now I know I can take it easy on the days I feel pain and be back to feeling good soon. Before sinc everyone told me the pain was inevitable I just pushed through. Grrrrrrrrr ... doctors. :( I even had knee surgery -- pointless. Changing my diet fixed my knee in days. The surgery did zip. Now I want to shout from the mountaintop about trying dietary changes for joint pain before resigning yourself to less activity or having surgery. Happy bending to all!
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