Naturally, feeling good is a relative term. However, there are a variety of scenarios that can result from adopting a gluten-free diet. Keep in mind that the time it takes to feel better on the diet is also relative to the individual.
If you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance and experience severe or chronic physical reactions to gluten, you will probably feel almost immediately better on a gluten-free diet. Once the culprit is removed, your body can breathe a sigh of relief and restore its way to a healthier you. Many people feel like they have been given a new lease on life when they begin a gluten-free diet.
If you have dermatitis herpetiformis and experience severe skin irritations as a result of ingesting gluten, you will feel better on a gluten-free diet after the skin is healed. Feeling good may take longer for the individual with this condition if current skin lesions have to heal, but this is often aided by medication. Dapsone is the primary medication used to treat dermatitis herpetiformis and must be prescribed by a doctor.
If you do not feel severe or chronic physical symptoms as a result of ingesting gluten but are diagnosed with celiac disease, the damage is “silent” and you may not experience a dramatic, newfound sense of well-being on a gluten-free diet. In fact, you may find sticking to the diet to be a tough and cruel measure. People for whom gluten does not produce a severe reaction may have a much harder time sticking to the lifestyle, as they do not have immediate repercussions from breaking it.
If you strictly follow a gluten-free diet, but have other food intolerances that happen to be gluten-free of which you are unaware, it’s possible you won’t feel good on such a diet.
If you follow a gluten-free diet and your symptoms have dissipated, but you do not have a healthy diet and lack proper exercise, you may not feel good on a gluten-free diet despite the fact that it’s working in your favor to fight the disease.
If you are not gluten intolerant or gluten-sensitive but choose to follow a gluten-free diet, chances are you will feel great, because this is generally a healthy diet, perhaps healthier than what you were used to.