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People with certain medical conditions have good reasons to avoid gluten, but a gluten-free diet can also be beneficial for others. However, before you start a gluten-free diet, it is advisable to talk with a doctor who will tell you if this diet is right for you or not, depending on your medical history.

Here are 10 surprising benefits of eliminating gluten from your diet:

1. To manage celiac disease: If you have been diagnosed with celiac disease, the treatment is to adopt a strict gluten-free diet.

2. To control dermatitis herpetiformis: Dermatitis herpetiformis is a form of celiac disease that triggers the immune system to attack the skin, instead of the small intestine. Once diagnosed, people are usually very motivated to eliminate gluten from their diet to avoid rashes.

3. To reduce the symptoms of gluten sensitivity: Unlike celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis, gluten sensitivity is not an autoimmune disease. It is more like lactose intolerance.

4. To improve cholesterol levels.

5. To promote digestive health.

6. To increase energy levels.

7. To eat more fruits and vegetables because they are all gluten-free.

8. To reduce the risk of heart disease, certain types of cancer and diabetes.

9. To help eliminate viruses and germs, because many foods you eat now will contain more antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

10. To improve the health of people with irritable bowel syndrome and arthritis.

If you want to find out what happens in a celiac’s body if they eat gluten, check out our article on this topic: What happens when a celiac eats gluten?

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