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We are very excited to be back to serve the gluten free and allergy free community with our  baked goods and prepared meals!  While we were busy setting up our all new food gluten free food & bakery delivery service, we realized how much we were missed! 
Thank you for all of your words of encouragement! I would like to begin a long relationship with you by preparing a monthly blog to build onto a community that shares their personal stories, challenges and solutions to their struggles of living a gluten free lifestyle.
For those who are new to, or considering a gluten free lifestyle, please read on about the importance of becoming aware and noticing the symptoms of Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity.  
Many of us are walking around day-to-day unaware that they too suffer with some or many of these symptoms. Maybe, if we stop and take a look at the following information, we can become healthier and avoid future serious health conditions:
Studies have shown that Celiac Disease affects 1 in 133 individuals.
Additionally, studies have also shown that 6% of  the United States population are Gluten Sensitive, or Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitive. That means approximately 19 million Americans are Gluten Sensitive, but most of us are unaware that this is the case. It is also important for you to know that many people who are Gluten Sensitive suffer from the same symptoms as those who have Celiac Disease, (please read the Classic Symptoms below).
Celiac Disease is a lifelong genetic disorder affecting children and adults. When people with CD eat foods that contain gluten, it creates an immune-mediated toxic reaction that causes damage to the small intestine.  Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats.  When an individual with CD continues to ingest gluten, the body loses its natural ability to properly absorb important nutrients.  Unfortunately, these individuals are then subject to various diseases and ailments such as cancer, osteoporosis, and depression.
In an effort to create additional awareness to Celiac Disease, it is important to understand and acknowledge the symptoms:
Classic Symptoms Include:
Diarrhea, bloating, weight loss, anemia, chronic fatigue, weakness, bone pain and muscle cramps. Other symptoms include constipation, constipation alternating with diarrhea, or premature osteoporosis. Children may exhibit behavioral or concentration problems, diarrhea, bloating, growth failure, dental enamel defects, or projectile vomiting.
Diagnosis:
An initial screening blood test for CD is all you need to determine if the possibility of the disease is present.
The following tests should be included in the screening test:
-Tissue Transglutaminase IgA and IgG (tTG-IgA and IgG) or
-Anti-Endomysial Antibodies IgA (EMA IgA)
-IgA Deficiency Test
My question to ask you this month is:
If you  have already discovered you were Gluten Sensitive or diagnosed with Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, or Celiac Disease, would you please share your story?
By providing and sharing your story here, you can possibly help someone else who has had similar health concerns!
Best regards,
Christine
Naturally Free Food, President