Guest post written exclusively for the Swanson Health Blog by Jason Mitchell, N.D., V.P. of Research, Education and New Product Development at Country Life.
There is an increasing number of people each year that are choosing a gluten free diet and lifestyle voluntarily. This number has increased to over 15 million people and growing. Some require a gluten free diet medically, most notably those who suffer from celiac disease—an immune disease that damages the small intestines. Others that follow a gluten free diet may include people with the following:
- Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Chronic Pain and Fatigue Syndromes
- MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
- RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis)
- Skin Disorders
- Those that find a Gluten free diet helps them feel and function better
A gluten free diet means that you have to remove all foods that contain gluten from your diet. This includes foods that contain wheat, rye, barley, and hybrids of these grains such as spelt, Kamut, and triticale. When you consider the foods that contain these ingredients, you will easily realize how much of a challenge gluten free shopping can be.
A Gluten free diet is often lacking in important vitamins and minerals, such as B-vitamins, calcium, zinc, and vitamin D and magnesium. It is because of these unfortunate deficiencies that it may become necessary to use dietary supplements like multivitamins and other nutritional health supplements.
Country Life, acknowledging the importance of a gluten free diet and lifestyle, has gone through a very difficult task to have the entire company certified as gluten free. This includes all products that are under the brand names of Country Life, Biochem, and Iron Tek. These brands go through rigorous testing on the raw materials, as well as the finished product to ensure that they are gluten free. The GFCO (Gluten free Certification Organization) is the organization that certifies Country Life and you can visit their web site at www.GFCO.org.
Country Life is the first and only Certified gluten free supplement company for those of you that choose a gluten free diet and lifestyle out of necessity, or simply due to the fact that going gluten free can often improve overall health and wellness. Country Life is a gluten free safety zone! Country Life is proud to offer a wide variety of natural health vitamins and supplements that include Whole Food Raw multi-vitamins, B-complex vitamins, minerals like calcium, whey protein powders (Biochem and Iron Tek), as well as digestive aids such as enzymes and probiotics. Thanks to that Certified Gluten Free seal found on all our products, you can rest easy each and every time you buy natural health supplements from Country Life, Biochem or Iron Tek.
About Jason Mitchell: Jason Mitchell, N.D. is the V.P. of Research, Education and New Product Development and has been with Country Life for 13 years.