Posted on April 17 2016
At Babo Botanicals, we receive numerous emails from concerned mothers looking for gluten free body products for their children and themselves. While our products are topical, If a person suffers from an auto-immune disease, parents are concerned with anything entering a child’s skin that may contain gluten. We are committed to producing gluten free hair products and gluten free lotions that are free of irritants and focus on hypoallergenic, botanical ingredients.
Why are so many people looking for gluten free items?
The recent rise in autoimmune diseases presents a real opportunity to embrace healing through change in diet and personal care products. The grain today has been so altered; wheat and other grains look very different from how they did even 10 years ago. Small changes can cause devastating immune responses from those who can’t tolerate the new strains. And, according to many, small changes in diet and personal care usage can have equally positive healing effects. The amount of people searching for gluten free beauty products has increased dramatically.
Twenty one years ago I was in the U.S. Peace Corps with Dr. Amy Myers. She has now become a leading specialist in autoimmune diagnosis and treatment. She is a functional medicine practitioner and author of The Autoimmune Solution.
Dr. Myers speaks of how 50 million Americas were affected with auto-immune diseases. She states that rates have tripled in the past 50 years. And through studies, 25 percent is influenced by genetics while a hefty 75 percent is influenced by the environment – food, personal care, stress and sleep to name a few factors.
What is an autoimmune disease?
An autoimmune disease develops when your immune system, which defends your body against disease, decides your healthy cells are foreign. As a result, your immune system attacks healthy body cells. There are as many as 80 types of autoimmune diseases.
The recent rise in autoimmune diseases presents a real opportunity to embrace healing through change in diet and personal care usage. The food we eat today has been so altered — wheat and other grains are of a very different composition from how they were even 10 years ago. Small changes in the makeup of food can cause devastating immune responses from those who can’t tolerate these new strains.
Dr. Hyman, a leading doctor in functional medicine, writes about how more than 55 diseases have been linked to gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. He states that It is estimated that 99 percent of the people who have either gluten intolerance or celiac disease are never diagnosed yet don’t feel 100 percent.
It is also estimated that as much as 15 percent of the U.S. population is gluten intolerant (i).
These are the known illnesses that are scientifically proven to be related to gluten.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. About 2.5 million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications.
When people with celiac disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. These attacks lead to damage on the villi, small fingerlike projections that line the small intestine, that promote nutrient absorption. When the villi get damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body.
Left untreated, people with celiac disease can develop further complications such as other autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, thyroid disease, and cancer.
For this purpose, it was important for Babo Botanicals to become a gluten free company and make high performing gluten free products available for children who may suffer from Celiac Disease.
Gluten sensitivity is another related symptom. It is a condition with symptoms similar to those of celiac disease that improve when gluten is removed from the diet. Research estimates that 18 million Americans have gluten sensitivity. That’s six times the amount of Americans who have celiac disease.
Per Celiac.org and Dr. Mark Hyman, people with gluten sensitivity can experience symptoms such as “foggy mind,” depression, ADHD-like behavior, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, bone or joint pain, and chronic fatigue when they have gluten in their diet, but other symptoms are also possible. While these are common symptoms of celiac disease, these individuals do not test positive for celiac disease or for a wheat allergy.
There is no cure for gluten sensitivity, and the only treatment is to follow a gluten-free diet and choosing gluten free shampoos and conditioners, soap and even gluten free lip balm.
Babo Botanicals’ mission is to make the best products possible for our famlies. We understand the increase of allergies and that is why we have eliminated soy, dairy and gluten from our baby products.