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Celiac Overview

Celiac's disease is an autoimmune condition that can occur at any age, and is characterized by severe inflammation and damage to the small intestine from gluten containing foods, a protein found in white flour, wheat, rye, and barely products. Celiac's is an immune system response to the consumption of gluten containing foods, which slowly erodes the intestinal lining, causing malabsorption and nutrient deficiency.

Causes of Celiac

Symptoms of Celiac's can mimic other intestinal and bowel disorders like Crohn's, IBS, and Colitis, so it is important to get the condition diagnosed properly. Symptoms can include stomach pain, bloating, chronic constipation, diarrhea, headaches, chronic fatigue, joint pain, anemia, and even learning and cognitive function problems such as ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and trouble concentrating. Other symptoms can include pale, greasy and loose stool also with weight loss or failure to gain weight in smaller children due to nutrient malabsorption. There is no known cure for Celiac's, however following a strict gluten free diet will ensure abatement of symptoms.

Good Diets For Those Diagnosed With Celiac

Mainstream medical professionals will say that a Gluten-free diet is the only option to help manage symptoms and that abstaining from gluten for life is a necessary measure. However, there are some holistic health experts who advocate that Celiac's is the result of a gut that has extensive damage, and that in order to be cured of Celiac's one needs to heal and seal the gut lining before reintroducing any gluten containing foods. Eliminating all gluten is mandatory, but in order to truly heal intestinal damage many feel that removing all inflammatory foods and consuming only gut healing foods is necessary. This can be done through either the SCD Diet, GAPS Diet, or Paleo AutoImmune Protocol, all of which work on healing damaged guts and rebalancing beneficial bacteria, so that one day small amounts of gluten containing foods may be enjoyed.

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