How can I find out if I have celiac disease?
You can order a test through Entero Labs. I recommend this above blood tests that you can get from your doctor. Blood tests for celiac disease are unreliable and frequently give false negatives. You also have to resume eating gluten [if you have stopped] for the blood test to be accurate. You do not have to resume eating gluten for the tests through Entero Labs to be conclusive.
How do I follow a gluten-free diet?
For people with Celiac Disease, no amount of gluten is safe. That means even trace amounts can be detrimental. One thing that I urge people to be cautious about is gluten-free labeling. Some companies label "gluten-free" even though there are trace amounts. In order to be sure that you are not ingesting trace amounts of gluten, it is best to contact the company and explain your situation. Ask if there is any chance that their products have cross-contamination.
What are some things that I need to be cautious about?
There are a few things that people may not realize have gluten. Play-doh contains gluten. Personal care products such as chapstick, lipstick, and even some toothpastes may contain gluten. It is common for some hair care products to contain wheat protein.
What about Oats?
There is a concern that oats have gluten due to cross-contamination during the milling and processing. There is evidence that oats can also become contaminated in the fields if a gluten containing grain crop is nearby. I have opted to personally not eat oats. This is something that each person will have to research and decide for themselves. Some companies do offer "gluten-free" oats.