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Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is something that has really come to the forefront in the last few years. Mainly because for whatever reason more people seem to be afflicted with it. At the same time, many more have it and don’t realize it. In fact, celiac disease is still largely under-diagnosed in the U.S.

Celiac disease is a chronic condition, but luckily, making changes in the diet can repair the damage. Simply put, celiac disease is an intolerance to gluten, a protein found in grains like wheat, rye, barley, and oats. If a person with celiac disease eats foods with gluten, it will damage the small intestine, and could even lead to malnourishment. Purging gluten from the diet is the best way to repair the damage, and help people with celiac disease live a healthy life.

How do you know if you have celiac disease? Some of the symptoms include stomach bloating and/or pain, fatigue, weight loss, anemia, diarrhea, and gas. Doctors can test for it to determine an accurate diagnosis.

The most important thing to remember, is to listen to your body, how does it react to certain foods? Gluten is tricky, in that it’s found not just in the primary grains, but also in some salad dressings, gravies, (wheat-starch), creamed vegetables, even herbal tea and beer. I’m happy to see that there are many more gluten-free products available in stores now, so it’s really important for you, the consumer, to read the labels, and ask questions when you’re eating out. Also, if you receive communion, you should ask if there is gluten in the wafer, many are made with wheat flour.

Eat a variety of healthy foods without gluten in them to help keep you strong and healthy. Even the smallest amounts of gluten can be detrimental.

Get advice on celiac and a healthy gluten-free diet from your physician or a licensed nutritionist, and remember that for people with celiac disease, cutting out gluten should be a lifetime commitment. If you do, you’ll see improvement almost immediately, and within a few short months any damage to your intestines could be completely reversed.

To your health~