People with celiac disease have a genetic disorder that makes them allergic to any products with gluten. That’s why it’s also known as having a gluten intolerance, and the allergy makes their eating habits very important to their overall wellbeing. A celiac disease diet, while there is no known effective medical treatment or medicine to manage celiac disease in the long term, can help minimize the symptoms of the disease.
A strict gluten free diet is the best way to deal with its symptoms and impacts. While this is often thought of as a wheat free diet. The list of forbidden grains is much longer. Unfortunately that means eliminating any food with barley, bulgur, durum, farina, graham flour, rye, semolina, spelt, triticale or wheat. Dietary compliance is essential, if a patient is to minimize complications that could be severe. Long-term impacts could include malnutrition, calcium deficiency and weak and brittle bones, lactose intolerance and even cancer or lymphoma.
Oats were once part of the long list above. But now there is some indication that oat products are appropriate for a gluten-free diet. However, this is a controversial topic in the celiac community. Part of the problem is that oats can be contaminated with wheat and other grains, while they are growing or being processed. It is best to check with a doctor or nutritionist who specializes in the treatment of celiac sprue symptoms, before including them in a diet.
Celiac patients can include products with the following ingredients in them – amaranth, arrowroot, buckwheat, corn, cornmeal, quinoa, rice, and tapioca. Gluten-free flours include bean, corn, rice, potato and soy. Of course there are fresh foods such as fruit, meat, milk, potatoes, rice and vegetables that naturally contain no gluten. However, any processed version of these foods could contain a forbidden ingredient. Reading and understanding food labels is essential to avoid flare ups. If a person with a celiac condition can’t easily verify the safety of a food, it should be avoided.
During the past few years many food manufacturers have developed an understanding of a gluten-free diet. Many products have been developed for this dietary niche. They are labeled as gluten free and can be quite nutritious and delicious. This is especially helpful for parents who are raising children with a gluten intolerance. Kids can have a hard time resisting pizza, cookies and pasta. With easy to prepare food alternatives, this children can bring their own pizza to a birthday party. They can have a school lunch with cookies just like all of the other children. It’s a break for busy parents, who don’t have to time to make cookies themselves. A diet that is as normal as possible will be easier both adults and children to live with successfully.
Signs of Suffering Celiac Disease
Some signs of celiac disease are in the healing reactions, sometimes called allergic reactions, which occur caused by the bodies inability to digest the gluten protein in grains, leading to improperly digested fats and other carbohydrates. The resulting symptoms include things like diarrhea, weight-loss, and impending malnutrition. Being unable to properly absorb nutrients, vitamins and minerals will lead to even more serious injury and disease. Inflammation can occur, which is an indication of a serious condition. Since the body has one immune system, and one set of reactions, the allergic reactions are actually reactions caused by the body to institute healing of the infected tissues and to prevent further possible infection.Gas, bloating, and overall weak digestion are sure to be included in the resulting symptoms as well.
How is it Diagnosed?
The condition itself can be diagnosed in many different ways. The first is by the patient themselves and if you have constant feelings of gas, bloating, indigestion, upset stomach, or diarrhea, it is possible you have a gluten intolerance. A doctor can do a small intestine biopsy, which is currently known to be the most accurate method of detection. An antibody test may be able to tell you which foods you are sensitive to, and a blood test can tell you which vitamins and minerals you may be lacking.
How does one live with and treat celiac disease?
Most people considering living a gluten-free diet no doubt believe it to be an arduous task – one of complications which can be costly and confusing. In fact, nothing can be further from the truth and maintaining a gluten-free diet is as easy as understanding food and how food works for humans. All grains, nuts, seeds, beans or legumes contain phytic acid – a phosphorus mineral bound to inositol. If the grains are improperly prepared, that is, not soaked in an acid medium then cooked, they really lack any nutritional value and can themselves cause reactions. Avoiding gluten is essentially as easy as changing your diet to not include many grain products and to substitute properly prepared pseudo-grains such as quinoa, millet, or amaranth. After healing is completed, people with celiac disease may still enjoy, on occasion, grain products prepared properly by sour leavening. Diets low in carbohydrates and sugar overall have been shown to improve digestive troubles and allow the body to heal naturally. Digestive bitters or chewing a small piece of ginger 15 minutes prior to eating can aid digestion as well. Enzymes and cultured foods like sauerkraut promote healthy digestion and assimilation of food.