Researching medications and over-the-counter remedies to determine gluten-free status can be time-consuming and tedious. And naturally, you will have to undertake this task in varying degrees over the course of your gluten-free life. But going gluten-free gives you the opportunity to take an honest look at what you do take and question the true necessity of a product in your life, while being open to finding alternative approaches to feeling better.
It’s of course recommended that you consult with your physician or nutritionist about treating ailments, but consider looking at the medications you keep on hand to treat fleeting conditions such as headache, heartburn, sore throat, congestion, constipation, diarrhea, itchy skin, and so forth, or pills created to do something such as control appetite, help you sleep better, energize you, enhance your sense of well-being and the like, could you remedy those situations with something other than medication?
Are you willing to forgo the hot and spicy food you know gives you indigestion so you don’t feel the need to pop an antacid pill? To help constipation, can you pitch the laxative in favor of regularly incorporating more fiber and green leafy vegetables into your diet? What about exercising more to help curb your reliance on the sleeping aid? Not that the products you have chosen to purchase don’t serve a purpose, but going gluten-free simply gives you a good excuse to think of your alternatives and perhaps saves you the time and energy of researching the gluten-free status of over-the-counter medications.