Celiac Disease and What you should know?

Celiac Disease and what you should know? As someone who suffers from a chronic illness, it’s very important to educate as many as I can. We live in such a small world, and knowing what signs to look for and how to help someone else heal is very important. 

To read more about my story, check out https://humblesoullifeofajuicer.blog/2020/07/10/adenomyosis-i-am-not-my-disease/. 

DISCLAIMER: Always seek your doctor or other qualified health professional’s guidance with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition. Never disregard a medical professional’s advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website. Always consult with a doctor before making significant changes. 

What is Celiac Disease? Celiac disease is a severe autoimmune disease that occurs in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide.

Celiac disease is hereditary, meaning that it runs in families. People with a first-degree relative with celiac disease (parent, child, sibling) have a 1 in 10 risks of developing celiac disease.

Symptoms: 

  • bloating
  • chronic diarrhea
  • constipation
  • gas
Lactose intolerance due to damage to the small intestine
  • loose, greasy, bulky, and bad-smelling stools
  • nausea or vomiting
  • pain in the abdomen

For children with celiac disease, being unable to absorb nutrients at a time when they are so crucial to normal growth and development can lead to

  • damage to the permanent teeth’s enamel
  • delayed puberty 
  • failure to thrive, meaning that an infant or a child weighs less or is gaining less weight than expected for his or her age
  • mood changes or feeling annoyed or impatient
  • slowed growth and short height
  • weight loss

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31408136/ (more info)

How to make dietary changes?  

  • Avoid all products with rye, triticale (a cross between wheat and rye), farina, graham flour, semolina, and any other kind of flour, including self-rising and durum, not labeled gluten-free. 
  • Substitute potato, rice, soy, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, or bean flour for wheat flour. You can also use sorghum, chickpea or Bengal gram, arrowroot, and cornflour, as well as tapioca starch extract. (These act as thickeners and leavening agents.)

Also 

  • Barley
  • Triticale
  • Malt, including malted milk, malt extract, and malt vinegar
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Wheat starch

When checking labels, make sure they say “certified gluten-free” (rather than simply “wheat-free” ):

  • Beer
  • Bread
  • Desserts, like cake, cookies, and pie
  • Cereal
  • Crackers and seasoned potato chips
  • French fries
  • Pasta
  • Processed meat, including hot dogs and lunch meat
  • Salad dressing
  • Sauces
  • Soups

Other Items To Be Aware Of:

  • children’s modeling dough, such as Play-Doh
  • cosmetics
  • lipstick, lip gloss, and lip balm
  • skin and hair products
  • toothpaste and mouthwash
  • communion wafers

Nutritional Deficiencies Common in People With Celiac And Safe Foods to Eat: (Supplements are always an option as well)

Calcium: Dairy, Salmon, Sardines, Kale, Oranges 

Zinc: Alaska king crab, Lobster, Cashews, Mushrooms, Beans, Leafy greens

Iron: Beef, Tofu, Spinach, White beans, Chickpeas

Vitamin D: Dairy, Almond, Salmon, Almond milk, 

B Vitamins: Sunflower seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Lentils 

Supplements & Herbs For Treatment:

Curcumin: Used as an Anti-inflammatory 

Digestive & Probiotics: To help with your digestive system and bowel movements.

Papain supplements: Stimulate the small intestine enzymes to identify gluten, reducing the immune system response properly.

Fish Oil: Acts as a coating for your intestinal lining to keep your small intestines from becoming inflamed.

Herbal Treatments: Goldenseal and olive leaf extracts are commonly used to treat celiac disease because they help regulate and protect the immune system, reducing the small intestine’s autoimmune effects. 

Chamomile is another good herb to reduce digestive inflammation and upset stomachs that are associated with celiac disease.

Valerian helps reduce stress and spasms in the intestines.

 Activated charcoal is primarily used medicinally to absorb ingested poisons. And it also helps to reduce bloating and gas.

Ginger is potent anti-nausea effects and helps with sore stomachs.

Turmeric is a known anti-inflammatory, and many people find it speeds up the healing process. The easiest way to consume (large doses) of turmeric is to pop a pill.

Apple cider vinegar has been shown to alleviate many stomach dilemmas, and gluten ingestion is one of them. (We suggest diluting a tablespoon in one cup of water.)

Horsetail Tea: Reduces the digestive tract’s inflammation and the intestines while also boosting the digestive system’s strength and durability, so your system is less sensitive to gluten.

 Hair loss:

If your celiac disease has gone untreated for a long time, you may be malnourished. Malnutrition can cause hair loss, along with a host of other problems. Alopecia areata occurs when your immune system attacks your hair follicles, causing varying degrees of hair loss.

Case Studies To Check-Out:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23624889/ (study investigated the correlation of hair loss in patients with inflammatory bowel disease)

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27833723/ (Celiac Autoantibodies in Alopecia Areata)

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16498340/ (Reappearance of alopecia areata) 

Foods that help with Hair Loss: 

Spinach is a superfood comprising vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which are required for healthy hair growth.

(Oatmeal )The ingredients included in an oatmeal hair mask are aloe vera, olive oil, and milk. Aloe vera has aloesin that promotes the regeneration of new hair follicles.

Curry leaves promote longer and stronger hair. Add only a few drops of the essential oil of curry leaves to your regular hair oil and massage your scalp with it. You can also boil some curry leaves and then use that water to rinse hair.

Flaxseed Gel massage stimulates the hair follicles in the scalp while improving blood circulation. It deals with problems like dandruff, hair breakage, and hair thinning. Flax seeds are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help you avoid a dry, scaly scalp and nourish your hair.

(Avocado) Mix one teaspoon of avocado oil, a teaspoon of olive oil, half a teaspoon of natural honey, and one egg. Vitamins B and E in avocado strengthens hair. Vitamin E repairs the damage on the scalp that is likely to slow or prevent hair growth, while vitamin B is essential for hair growth.

Please, as always, drop any questions you may have below. Feel free to like and share. Remember to consult with your doctor before changing or adding anything to your lifestyle or diet. 

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