A Silent Epidemic Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity
Did you know….common foods such as bread, pasta, or baked goods could be quietly making you ill?
Do you have any of these symptoms?
• Abdominal bloating or pain
• Chronic diarrhea
• Pale, foul smelling, or fatty stools
• Iron deficiency anemia
• Nerve damage
• Irregular female cycles
• Recurrent miscarriage
• Chronic blistering rash
• Joint pain
• Weight loss
• Canker sores
• Lack of appetite
• Poor dental enamel
• Short stature
• Delayed puberty
What is Celiac Disease? Celiac disease, which is thought to affect 1 in 133 people, is a genetic autoimmune disease of the small intestine whereby eating gluten results in inflammation and damage to the intestinal wall. The intestinal damage interferes with the absorption of nutrients and may lead to a wide variety health concerns. If not identified and treated, celiac disease can lead to disruption of multiple organ systems and a number of serious health issues, including: malnutrition, lactose intolerance, chronic inflammation, autoimmunity, and neurological problems. To maintain optimal health, individuals with celiac disease must permanently remove gluten from their diet.
How is gluten sensitivity different? Not everyone with gluten sensitivity has celiac disease. Many people have developed intolerance to this protein due to poor GI health, specifically the breakdown of the intestinal walls. Unlike allergies and celiac disease, gluten sensitivity is usually not a life-long condition. In the majority of cases, gluten can be reintroduced into a diet after a period of avoidance, and sensitivity can be dramatically reduced or even eliminated. Although gluten sensitivity is not generally life threatening, it can lead to an active immune response, chronic inflammation, and nervous system imbalances if not properly addressed.
The Vicious Cycle Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity can be the root cause of a wide variety of seemingly unrelated symptoms due to the interaction of the GI tract with other systems in the body. All body systems are interconnected, and imbalances in one system will cause imbalances in the others, resulting in a vicious cycle.
Ask Beyond-Biology how we can test if gluten is effecting you order a Gluten Sensitivity/Celiac Profile today! Stop that vicious cycle call 888.908.0804.