While accurate statistics are not readily available, it is estimated that 1 in 133 people in Canada are affected by Celiac disease. Many of these cases go undiagnosed (or misdiagnosed), potentially causing serious health complications for the affected person, in addition to years of uncomfortable and damaging symptoms.
What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune disease with symptoms that are triggered by “gluten” – the name given to certain proteins in wheat, barley, rye, and triticale.
In Celiac disease, the body’s immune system responds abnormally to gluten, resulting in a wide variety of symptoms including severe bloating, fatigue, unexplained depression, inflammation, and damage to the lining of the small intestine. Celiacs may also suffer from reduced absorption of iron, calcium, vitamins A, D, E, K, and folate.
People suffering from Celiac disease also have a higher risk of developing other autoimmune diseases, and even certain cancers… so it’s important to make an active effort to get a proper diagnosis if you are experiencing symptoms.
You will want to talk to a specialist about Celiac Disease if you experience the following symptoms:
- Bowel problems after eating products that contain wheat, spelt, rye and barley
- Gas or bloating
- Change in bowel habits
- Diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome
- Unexplained anemia
- Unexplained fatigue
- Irregular results for your liver enzymes
- Unexplained depression
- Unexplained neurological symptoms, such as numbness or tingling in the legs (especially neuropathy)
- Unexplained infertility or depression
When do Celiac Disease symptoms appear?
Celiac disease and its symptoms can develop at any age after Gluten is introduced to the diet, but there is more and more evidence suggesting that Celiac disease develops more frequently later in life. In fact, a recent Canadian survey on celiac health reported that the average age of diagnosis in adults was 46 years old.
No matter what age, getting a firm diagnosis is the first step on the path to wellness for a Celiac sufferer. Then treatment begins.
How is Celiac disease treated?
The ONLY treatment there is for Celiac disease is a strict gluten-free diet – for life. Complete avoidance of gluten allows the sufferer’s intestinal tract to heal, and for the nutritional deficiencies and other complications to resolve. Even small traces of gluten can cause damage to the intestine and symptoms to reappear.
What types of food can Celiacs eat?
The most cost-effective and healthy way to follow the gluten-free diet is to seek out these naturally gluten-free food groups, which include
- Meat and poultry
- Fish and seafood
- Beans, legumes, and nuts
Are there any holistic remedies for treating Celiac disease?
Besides taking up a fully gluten free diet, there are things an affected person can do to help heal their digestive tract. Digestive healing foods include:
- Licorice root
- Apple pectin is used to remove unwanted toxins and heavy metals
- Marshmallow root controls and soothes inflammation and irritation of the alimentary canal.
- MSM is concentrated in connective tissues.
- Paprika can helped celiac sufferers substantially.
- Dandelion can be used in tea form for best absorption, or it may be obtained in supplemental capsules
If you are interested in discussing holistic treatment for Celiac disease, or feel like you might be at risk – give one of the holistic practitioners at the Infinite Potential Center a call today to discuss how we can help you get back on a path of wellness and healing.