An Introductory Guide To Celiacs Disease

Celiac disease (CD) is a digestive system disorder triggered by the consumption of protein gluten found in bread, pasta, cookies or foods containing wheat or barley.  Knowing the symptoms of celiac disease, and being able to recognize them if they arise, can keep you living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a healthy diet. When people who are affected with CD eat any food that contains gluten, the body immediately creates a toxic reaction that can damage the small intestine, preventing the food from being absorbed properly. The body will stop absorbing the nutrients, resulting in lack of essential vitamins, nutrients, which affects the nervous system, liver, bones, and body.

Any amount of gluten can damage the intestine of a person affected with celiac. Some of the most common symptoms of celiac disease are gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, itchy skin rash, brittle bones, delayed growth, headaches, join pain, infertility, weight loss, irritability and discolored teeth. Some people develop this disease very early while some develop it in the later stages of their life. Sometimes, this disease is undiagnosed or even misdiagnosed because of the symptoms. Celiac disease can also lead to other conditions like infertility, migraines, type 1diabetes, and even thyroid disease. Celiac should not be mistaken as a food allergy. The small intestine contains small hair like projections in its walls called villi that absorb the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from the food that is consumed. CD can damage the villi, preventing it from absorbing all the essential ingredients for body growth. Celiac is often hereditary but the infection can also start because of infection, physical injury to oneself, stress, pregnancy or surgery.

 

Here are some links about the causes of celiac:

 

The only treatment for a celiac disease is a lifelong gluten-free diet and overall healthy lifestyle. With food restrictions, people diagnosed with celiac can have a healthy living. They can get all the nutrients from potato, soy, rice, bean flour, and more. Some stores carry gluten-free pasta, pizza, bread, and other dairy products. All foods can be adapted to become gluten-free. Make sure to use minimal flour or no flour at all. Substitute wheat flour with corn flour or bean flour. Concentrate on major flavors like the vegetables, fruits, or spices. Avoid those foods that are packed and canned. Make your own dish from scratch. Learn to make soups and salads from a gluten free cook book or refer to gluten free websites that can help you with the exact measurement for your recipe. To prepare gravies and sauces, use rice flour and cornstarch. For puddings, use cornstarch, tapioca or arrowroot.

 

Here is a guide to gluten free recipes:

 

Failure to follow a gluten free diet can result in more complications. When it is not kept at bay, CD can cause extreme malnutrition, decreased calcium levels, lactose intolerance, neurological, psychological conditions, cancer, miscarriage or malfunction of a baby. These disorders can be permanent. Patients should seek a physician in gastroenterology or hepatology to diagnose the disease and a dietician to get a diet plan. Unfortunately, there is no cure for celiac disease but a gluten free diet plan can do wonders to the patient’s overall health. Seek support groups and organizations to find people who are suffering from the same disease.

 

Here are some links about treatment options and support groups.

 

Eating a gluten-free food is a lifelong commitment but if you have celiac, you are definitely not alone. Participating in support group activities can help you get a lot of ideas, meet people suffering from the same disease, and also to keep you updated on the latest developments.