Celiac disease (also spelled coeliac) is an autoimmune reaction to gluten, a protein that’s found in wheat, barley, and rye — the only autoimmune disease funded in its research and by the U.S. government, even though an estimated 3 million Americans have it. Left untreated, the disease can cause severe health conditions and complications, but once it’s diagnosed, the treatment is simple—eliminating gluten from the diet. However, as simple as it is, a gluten-free diet is also a challenge, demanding time, hard work, and dedication. Fortunately, the celiac and gluten-free community have an invaluable resource available to it in this internet age—gluten-free websites.
As an author, researcher, and gluten-free advocate (glutenfreehelp.info), I’m always searching for tools and resources for the celiac and gluten-intolerant community in order to help allay the some of the challenges that go along with the gluten-free lifestyle. In my search, I’ve found gluten-free websites to serve as a way to connect up the gluten-intolerant community and share helpful information and resources.
Gluten-free websites, such as gling.com and my own glutenfreehelp.info, make the gluten-free lifestyle more convenient with helpful information about gluten-free products, an abundance of gluten-free recipes, and sometimes even the opportunity to connect with others in the gluten-free world. For those who don’t belong to a support group, an online community such as the one on gling.com can offer similar benefits. It can be quite a challenge living gluten-free in a gluten-filled world, but with websites such as gling.com, you actually feel that gluten-free life isn’t a handicap, but an adventure.
Gling.com stands out as a first-rate GF resource, divided into four helpful parts, the first of which is the Community, not unlike the social network sites which have been growing increasingly popular. Studies show that one of the main reasons why some celiac patients can’t stay gluten-free is that they don’t have a support group to encourage and help them. After setting up a profile, users connect with GF restaurants, bakeries, and companies as well as with gluten-free friends they already known or with brand-new ones. Don’t have any gluten-free friends? You can make some on gling.com; soon enough, you’ll have plenty of GF friends you can even connect with in real life, say, at your favorite local GF bakery that you also found on gling.com. The other three tools comprise comprehensive listings of gluten-free recipes, foods, and locations, such as bakeries and stores which sell gluten-free fare.
In my experience of managing my own website, glutenfreehelp.info, I’ve come to realize how many people are reached by online gluten-free resources. Glutenfreehelp.info provides gluten-free information, resources, and recipes, as well as my far-reaching blog. I touch the lives of so many gluten-sensitive and gluten-intolerant people, who write to me in staggering numbers. When the statistics themselves are staggering, with one in every 100 Americans suffers from celiac disease and only three percent of them knowing it, it’s gratifying to see we’re making a difference. With websites such as gling.com, awareness about gluten-free living will surely increase and living gluten-free will become more convenient.
From our home to yours, Tina Turbin.