The way we eat has a big influence on the way our body functions so it is very important for us to consume the correct amount of nutrients. People who have to live with digestive problems such as celiac disease have to be especially aware of what they put into their mouths.

Gluten free diets are effective in ensuring that you still consume the same vitamins and minerals that your body needs while at the same time protecting your digestive system from further harm. If you are considering following a gluten free diet, please discuss this decision with your doctor before taking the plunge.

Changing your diet always has a big influence on our day-to-day lives. We have to get used to new tastes, new cooking methods, new eating times, and where to find these products.

Here are a few easy tips that you can use on how to find gluten foods and how to make sure the gluten free ingredients are safe to use.

In stores

Our modern day lifestyles have made everything so easily accessible including where we shop for food. Gluten free products used to be more difficult to find than it is today, making it a lot worse for people who had to live with digestive problems like celiac disease. Today, however, youíll be able to find gluten free products at your local farmers market, at you local health shop, and in commercial chain stores like Whole Foods. Regular supermarkets have also gotten into the swing of things by making gluten free options more affordable and easier to find. You can check out your local grocery store or even bigger supermarkets like Walmart.

On the label

A very important aspect that you will have to get used to doing is checking the food labels.

Unfortunately, you wonít be able to just chuck any old can into your shopping basket. Make it a mission to check every ingredient on the label. Many ingredients like meat, vegetables, and fruit donít contain any traces of gluten, but if you are unsure it is better to check a gluten free food list. An important thing to remember is that all gluten free products have to undergo

FDA approved tests in order to make sure that they are safe for consumption. These tests force companies to retract any use of the words wheat, yeast, rye, oats, malt or barley. So if you buy a product that doesnít have any of these ingredients listed, you know it will be safe to eat!

During cross-contamination

Digestive diseases need to be diagnosed and treated immediately. A person with celiac disease has to avoid coming into contact with anything that may contain gluten. Cross-contamination happens very easily and gluten foods may rub off on gluten-free foods. You can avoid this problem by making sure you wash all your equipment at home before using them. In stores it is recommended that you avoid buying in bulk as these foods may have been stored or transported along with other gluten products.