Health to the Max offers Gluten-free food products

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Health to the Max will be introducing the public on Saturday to gluten-free products that could bring some normalcy to life of those affected by Celiac Disease or an allergy to grains. A special speaker will be on hand to discuss Celiac Disease and will answer questions.

Celiac Disease, also known as gluten-sensitive enteropathy, is a disorder that can affect both children and adults.

In people with Celiac Disease, eating certain types of grain-based proteins sets off an immune response that causes damage to the small intestine. This, inturn, interferes with the small intestine's ability to absorb nutrients found in food, leading to malnutrition and a variety of other complications.

The symptoms of Celiac Disease vary so widely but may experience any combination of the following: Abdominal cramps, anemia, constipation, decreased ability to clot blood, decreased fat padding, dehydration, delayed puberty, edema, fatigue, mouth sores or cracked lips, muscle cramping, night blindness, pain in bones or joints, very dry skin, weakness, unexplained weight loss.

Celiac Disease is becoming more prevalent, the employees at Health to the Max said.

Gluten is found in so many products that those with the disease are limited to what they can eat. Health to the Max has many products available in the store located on Lake Avenue that are gluten-free. During Saturday's event, there will be many samples to try using these products.

"We're excited to be able to offer these products," the ladies at the Storm Lake store said. "This is a frightening disease so the more people know about it the better."

Samples will be available from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A speaker from the Celiac Sprue Association will talk at 2 p.m.

Visit Health to the Max is located at 512 Lake Ave. in Storm Lake.