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Importance Of Gluten-free Compounding

We’ve all heard the name gluten being thrown around. It has become so trending that there was even Gluten-free water, and people started buying it. But what exactly is gluten and how does it affect us? Most people are still not sure about the role it plays in our lives.

As we can see in the name, Gluten is a glue-like substance that is usually found in grains, mostly. This includes whole grain, barley, and wheat. It affects the texture of several grain-based foods like pasta and bread. Now when people talk about gluten-free diets, they mean eating foods that do not have gluten in them. It has quickly become a trending topic among healthcare professionals as well as others. Although it is a great source of nutritions, it does carry some problems, especially for people whose systems cannot tolerate gluten. These people need a diet that does not contain any form of gluten or they have mild to severe reactions. Here are some things you should know about gluten-free products and why people are gravitating towards them.

Digestive improvements

A study reported that around 8% people experience digestive problems and suffer upset stomachs after they eat gluten-rich products. Some of them even suffer from immune reactions like allergies, celiac disease, and more. When these people eat gluten-rich foods, it damages their intestinal lining. That is why doctors advise such people to stay as far from gluten-rich products as possible. They eat organic foods like muesli breakfast, oats, flax seeds, and vegan products so they don’t have to suffer the symptoms of celiac disease or allergies.

More Energy

Although gluten is a good source of nutrition, it has been observed that people who consume more organic diets are healthier and have more energy. A lot of celebrities have joined this trend and are consuming flax seeds to get their nutritions and stay energetic throughout the day. They are trying to cut down on gluten as much as possible. Also, if you have a gluten-rich diet, you might end up feeling sluggish and fatigued.

Celiac Disease

If you suffer from celiac disease, then it is vital for you to switch to a gluten-free diet. If you continue to eat a gluten-rich diet, it might damage your small intestines and that can lead you to further complications including nutritional deficiencies, less growth, digestive problems, and worse. If you stick to a gluten-free diet, it will help you stay healthy and safe from celiac disease. This means staying away from outside food that you order from restaurants and keeping a sharp eye on the food that you eat in parties and such.

What About Medicine?

When you hear the word “gluten” your mind immediately goes to the food items that you consume. Did you know that even some medicines contain gluten? There are some medicines that have gluten as a hidden “inactive” ingredient. Just think about it. If you suffer from an allergy or celiac disease, the very medication that a doctor prescribed you could bring you down even more.

Suppose you go to a regular pharmacy and tell them that you can’t eat gluten, what would happen? It will take a long time for them to understand your unique needs, research all the ingredients of your medicine and tell you about it. Even if a pharmacist discovers that your medicine does contain gluten, there might not be an alternate to it available in the market. What should you do then? Should you not take the medicine at all or should you just take it and hope it doesn’t have any negative effects on you?

The Role of a Compounding Pharmacy

A compounding pharmacist has the experience, the resource, and most importantly, the education to handcraft a compound for you that is exactly according to the doctor’s prescription. They can only use ingredients that you need and leave out any ingredients that might harm you. This includes gluten. Gluten is a binding agent and is used sometimes in pill form. They can either use the active ingredients and create a capsule for you to swallow or they can use the ingredients and put them in a liquid form. Contact your compounding pharmacy if you have more questions about your medication and what they can do with it.

What if There is No Gluten-Free Option?

This is rare, but it does sometimes happen. In this case, your compounding pharmacist can change the drug to meet your specific needs. They can add flavour to the medication, remove inactive ingredients like lactose and gluten, and more.

Final Word

If you have a problem with gluten, it is best to do your research before taking any medication. Tell your physician about it any time you visit them and ask them to prescribe gluten-free medications. If that’s not an option contact us and we will be happy to create a unique and tailored medicine for you.

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