What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac Disease is a problem some people have digesting and processing foods that contain gluten. Gluten is a type of protein. It’s found in the following grains: wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye).
If you suffer from Celiac Disease and you eat food with gluten in it, the gluten triggers an inflammatory response that adversely affects the small intestine in its ability to absorb and assimilate nutrients.
Celiac Disease Symptoms
The most common symptoms of Celiac Disease are gas, bloating, cramping, abdominal pain, irregular bowel movements, weight loss, fatigue, lethargy and generalized weakness throughout the body. Other symptoms include vomiting after eating foods containing gluten; anemia and osteoporosis.
Celiac Disease occurs mostly in the small intestine
Other Symptoms include:
- weight loss
- loss of appetite
- loss of nutrients (mal-absorption of nutrients)
- sinus congestion
- lung congestion
- skin problems like psoriasis and eczema
- skin lesions
- joint pain
- mood swings
- growth failure (especially in children)
- weak bones (osteopenia, osteoporosis)
Celiac Disease Causes
As with all other digestive disorders, the root causes of Celiac Disease consist of one or more insulting habits and influences over time in seven key areas: mindfulness (or the lack of ) hydration-dehydration, micronutrient deficiencies, macronutrient imbalances, intestinal dysbiosis, oxidative stress and redox molecules deficiencies. A list of contributing causes, all habits, and influences in our diet and lifestyle include:
- poor diet in general
- gluten, mostly from processed grain products
- too many processed foods, not enough whole foods
- chronic unintentional dehydration
- broad spectrum micronutrient deficiencies
- an overgrowth of bad bacteria and other pathological organisms (dysbiosis)
- eating too many acid forming foods
- eating too fast
- not chewing enough
- eating too many cold foods
- drinking cold or iced beverages
- too much negative or oxidative stress
Celiac Disease Remedies
The remedies for Celiac Disease include making changes in all seven of the root cause areas…but no progress will be made until the condition of Intestinal Dysbiosis is effectively addressed and resolved.
The remedies for Celiac Disease begin with your willingness to pay attention to and become more mindful of your entire digestive system. Celiac Disease is totally preventable and the remedies are completely within your control by making changes in your diet and lifestyle.
Most likely you will need to pay attention to and make corrections in all seven root cause areas to be effective. You will need to get properly hydrated and stay properly hydrated. You will need to slow down at meal times and learn to chew your food completely before swallowing. You will need to address micronutrient deficiencies. You will need to eliminate junk foods. You will need to minimize processed foods and learn to integrate more fiber-rich whole food recipes. You will need to address intestinal dysbiosis and learn about the importance of periodic colon cleansing. You will need to understand the importance of specific organic quality whole food supplements including superfoods, digestive enzymes, probiotics, and antioxidants. You will need to learn how to restore your “redox potential.” And most importantly you will need to learn how to manage your emotions and all the other negative stress factors in your life more effectively.
Like all other digestive disorders, Celiac Disease is completely correctable and easily prevented from future occurrences. If and only if you eliminate the root causes and if and only if you become more proactive in your own self-care.
My book, Healing Digestive Illness will teach you how to do all this. If you want specific step by step guidance and detailed personalized instructions contact me directly by phone: 413-536-0275 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated in August, 2017