What is Gluten Intolerance and Coeliac disease

Don’t Focus on How much you eat
Focus on What you Eat..!!!!

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a type of Protein found mainly in grains like Wheat, Barley and Rye. Gluten makes 80% of the Amino acids, which are known as the building blocks for protein synthesis. Though the ancient grains like Oats, Quinoa, Rice or Corn are gluten-free, the modern day processing techniques contaminate these food items with Gluten because majorly the same equipment are used for the processing the other grains like Wheat.

These days Gluten is also used in highly processed chemical additives that are found in packaged foods of all kind.

Why can’t Everyone eat Gluten?

People who are gluten intolerant or suffer from the Coeliac disease have trouble digesting Gluten. Their bodies perceive Gluten as an invader and trigger an immune response that damage the small intestine and cause several health issues.

What is Coeliac Disease?

It is a Genetic condition that causes damage to the lining of small intestine whenever Gluten is eaten.1)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0024528/. A Coelic disease can develop anytime in the life so proper diagnosis is required and early symptoms should not be ignored. If it goes untreated then certain conditions like Diabetes, Osteoporosis, autoimmune disorders and different cancers etc can destroy the body.

Coeliac disease -diagnosis and symptoms

Diagnosis – Blood test and Small intestine biopsy

Coeliac disease Symptoms

food intolerance and Coeliac disease symptoms

  • Digestion is affected
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea

  • Brain Fog- difficulty in concentrating, remembering information
  • Frequent headaches
  • Mood fluctuations
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

  • Body- fatigue
  • Pain in joints
  • Pain in muscles
  • Numbness in Arms and legs
  • Anemia

  • Rashes
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis

Reproductive issues like Infertility and Mental health risk of developing learning disabilities like Autism and ADHD, and many other issues.

Gluten Intolerance and Coeliac Disease Symptoms

Physical Symptoms Mental Symptoms
1. Extreme Digestive Problems(constipation, Diarrhea, IBS)  1. Depression
2. Stomach Pain or Cramping  2. Anxiety
3. Weight Loss or in some cases weight gain  3. Attention Deficit disorder or ADHD
4. DH-Dermatitis herpetiformis – an itchy skin rash associated with CD. usually affects about 15% of those classic CD  4. Mood Swings or mood Disorders
5. Tiredness, lack of energy or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome  5. Inability to focus
6. Malnourished or lacking absorption of key vitamins and nutrients. (Many CD patients have shown a lack of Vitamin B12)  6. In some more rare cases and according to recent studies, Autism and even Shizophrenia have been diagnosed. upon removal of gluten, symptoms can lessen or eliminated altogether.
7. Foggy feeling or Confusion.
8. Nervous system issues.( tingling feeling in limbs or feet or random loss of feeling )  Note: Not everyone will experience both mental and physical symptoms of CD or gluten intolerance, but in some cases both are present instead of just one or the other.
9. Anemia
10. Hair Loss or Hair thinning.

What can you eat to protect yourself from Gluten intolerance?

All in their natural nude unmarinated forms, Fish, Eggs, Beans, Lentils, Fruits, all Vegetables, Nuts, Seeds, Brown rice, Quinoa, Millets, Buckwheat, Chicken, turkey, Lamb, pork, beef, duck, Avocados, olives, coconut oil and butter, for fibres you can eat chia seeds and flax seeds.

Gluten-free flours – Bean, Buckwheat, sorghum, teff, millet, quinoa and almond flours.

What you can’t eat to avoid Gluten intolerance?

  • Gluten and Wheat- flour, spelt, kamut, barley, rye, oats, No fast foods
  • No deep fried food items like chicken wings
  • No processed or Baked food like muffins, chocolates, cookies, pastries etc.

Is there any permanent cure for Gluten Intolerance?

No, but staying on a Gluten-free Diet can help in maintaining a healthy body.

Live Better, Live Longer, Live Gluten Free


References   [ + ]

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0024528/

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