If you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, you may wonder what it is about gluten that makes you sick. In modern times more and more people are affected by problems with gluten and have turned to a gluten-free diet in order to regain wellness.
Gluten is a protein that’s found in grains such as wheat, rye, and barley. This protein is abundant in foods that contain these grains. And while it seems pretty innocuous it can cause some major problems in the body.
Celiac disease is a type of autoimmune disease that is inherited, and causes damage to the small intestine when gluten and other forms of proteins that is found in wheat, rye, barley, and in some cases, oats, is eaten.
Just like with any allergy, someone who has an allergy to gluten can have a serious response. The body sees the protein as a foreign invader that needs to be destroyed and removed from the body. When you have an allergy to pollen, it causes you to sneeze, have watery eyes, and can lead to problems with your sinuses.
That’s your body’s response to ridding your body of it. With a gluten allergy, your digestive system is doing the same type of thing – trying to attack it and get rid of it.
Your body’s immune system is very complex and very advanced. It produces antibodies that are designed to specifically fight foreign invaders. When you have a gluten allergy, your body produces antibodies that are marked to fight the protein.
When the gluten enters your body, it’s immediately recognized by the antibodies and your immune system is alerted that it’s time to make a full-scale attack. For some people this results in some diarrhea or even constipation.
For others, the allergy is much more severe and actually causes damage to the lining of the small intestine. This form of the allergy is known as celiac disease. The good news is that while there’s no cure for this illness, it can be controlled through diet.
By eating a gluten-free diet, you deprive your body of the allergen. If you don’t expose it to gluten you won’t experience symptoms. And fortunately, it’s easier to establish and maintain a “gluten free” diet today than in years past.
Since symptoms of celiac disease can vary a great deal from patient to patient, a delay in a proper diagnosis is quite common. A recent study by Stuart Currie PhD, and colleagues from the University of Sheffield found that patients with coeliac disease and balance disturbances had significantly smaller brain volumes, less grey matter density and white matter abnormalities than age- and sex-matched controls.
Knowing this, it is not surprising to find that a recent meta-analysis study confirms that anxiety and/or depression is reliably linked to coeliac disease . Coeliac disease and raised IgG and IgA antibody levels to gliadin are also found in those with schizophrenia and psychosis.
Few psychiatrists consider the possible role of food allergy, and are unaware that food allergies can occur due to either IgE, IgG or IgA based immunological reactions, the latter being responsible for ceoliac disease.
At the Brain Bio Centre in London, they always consider the possibility of food allergy, especially in people with a variety of mental and physical complaints that are potentially indicative of food allergy.
Other common symptoms of celiac disease include: abdominal pain, gas, bloating, indigestion, a distended stomach, nausea, vomiting, a decrease in appetite, an intolerance to lactose, weight loss that cannot be explained, and stools that float, have blood in them, appear fatty, or are quite foul smelling.
Are you sick and tired of trying every weight loss program out there and failing to see results? Or are you frustrated with not feeling as energetic as you used to despite what you eat? Perhaps you always seem to have a bit of a “dodgy stomach” and indigestion seems to be a regular part of your life?
There’s nothing worse than sitting down to a nice big plate of pasta or slice of bread and enjoying your meal only to be met with discomfort, bloating that just doesn’t feel right.
You may be one of the thousands of people who are celiac or intolerant to gluten. This new book explains gluten intolerance and the steps you need to take to eliminate gluten from your diet.
It includes a selection of recipes to show that you can still enjoy your favourite treats whilst enjoying freedom the symptoms of gluten intolerance.
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