- recurring SEVERE abdominal bloating and pain
- chronic to SEVERE diarrhea
- weight loss
- pale, foul-smelling stool
- Chronic SEVERE anemia (low count of red blood cells)
- bone pain
- behavior changes
- muscle cramps
- pain in the joints
- tingling numbness in the legs (from nerve damage)
Sound pleasant? It’s not! This is what people suffer from with Celiac disease. For my family it is a battle we watch daily!
Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate a protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, rye, barley, and possibly oats. When people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging the small intestine.
Specifically, tiny fingerlike protrusions, called villi, on the lining of the small intestine are lost. Nutrients from food are absorbed into the bloodstream through these villi. Without villi, a person becomes malnourished–regardless of the quantity of food eaten.
Celiac disease affects people differently. Some people develop symptoms as children, others as adults. Symptoms may or may not occur in the digestive system. For example, one person might have diarrhea and abdominal pain, while another person has irritability or depression.
I have spent YEARS trying to ease the pain and suffering that I see occur due to this REAL disease. It is not easy. Sufferers should make mandatory:
- Avoiding eating out- even if something says Gluten free there can be cross contamination which will result in episodes
- Avoid eating ANY foods that they did not make from scratch themselves
- Avoid alcohol
- Avoid caffeine
- Avoid dairy
- Avoid margarine
- Avoid gassy foods even veggies & fruits in this category
- Avoid red meat as it hard to digest and can hurt the intestine
- Avoid nuts and seeds
Have you EVER lived with all of these rules? Well, it isn’t a choice, it is what is necessary to not be in severe pain daily followed by extreme fatigue from the painful episodes.
Gluten Free is not a fad. It isn’t something that was just created either. It is a result of what our food industry has added to our foods and is yet another example of how it effects our system and our health. For help, or tips, please feel free to reach out to me, I LIVE this disease with she who suffers from it. I speak from experience.