A Guest Post by Kristen from Gluten Free Beauty
While I’m actually part of the sect trying not to get pregnant, I do know that since going gluten-free my chances are greatly increased. This is because my body literally attacks itself when in the presence of gluten.
One of the most troubling health issues I faced before my diagnosis of severe gluten intolerance was drastically low hormone levels (in my mid 20s!). It wasn’t until a couple of years later that I met with the Drs. Petersen, authors of The Gluten Effect, who suspected that the stress to my body in reaction to gluten had strained my adrenal glands, and thus caused the unusual dip in my hormone levels.
Since going gluten-free (both dietarily and topically) I’ve seen a range of improvements in my health and even in my outward appearance. And if I were trying to conceive today, I would definitely be more cautious than ever to ensure that no gluten came near my body.
But how does one go about avoiding gluten in topical form? A great place to start is at your local Whole Foods Market, health foods store or even online. Some natural lines like Desert Essence Organics, California Baby, 100% Pure, Gluten Free Beauty and Jason Natural are either entirely gluten-free, or actually label many of their products that are. This way you know that you’re getting a shampoo, body wash, body lotion, face makeup, etc. that is not only free of parabens and icky chemicals, but also gluten from wheat, barley, rye or contaminated oats.
I’ve compiled a gluten-free beauty shopping list that is perfect to stash in your purse for emergency shopping consultation. But I have also been reviewing natural, gluten-free beauty products for years on NatuallyDahling.com which may also help inspire your shopping trips.
Going gluten-free topically does not have to be challenging or overwhelming. With awareness of gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity and celiac disease on the rise, many companies are swapping out gluten-containing ingredients in favor of gluten-free alternatives. And while you may have heard that Vitamin E oil contains gluten, you may want to check with the manufacturer before you give up a product. In my experience, Vitamin E oil actually only rarely contains gluten. This is because for it to contain gluten, it is typically sourced from wheat germ oil, but wheat germ oil is often gluten-free.
You would be surprised at how many companies currently keep gluten-free product lists on hand. A quick call even to one of the major hair coloring companies can answer questions about which products contain gluten.
Kristen is a passionate natural and gluten-free beauty expert, who is always searching for better, safer natural beauty products. She loves helping people find products to address their particular skin issues, and spends her downtime with her loving and supportive boyfriend and their gluten-free dog Waylon.
Kristen has also generously offered to giveaway a 1 oz. bottle of our signature product, the Facial Moisture Serum ($45 value). It’s safe, 100% natural, vegan, gluten-free and can even be used on the body in spots that need some extra care. To enter, please head to Gluten Free Beauty and then fill out the form below with your name, e-mail address, and either an ingredient of the serum, or another product that caught your eye.
This GIVEAWAY is now closed!
You can also check out all of the posts from the week we focused on wheat and gluten:
The Silent Cause to Poor Health – a fabulous, everyone should listen to podcast
The Transition to Gluten Free – a guest post by Kat from SCDKat.com
Gluten Free Easily – a guest post from Shirley of GFE
Gluten Free Beauty – a guest post by Kristen of Gluten Free Beauty
Gluten, Grains, and Children with Developmental Issues – guest post by Cara or Health, Home, Happiness