Are any of these symptoms familiar?
Celiac disease is more common than you think.
The last four decades have seen a drastic increase in the number of celiac cases per year. In recent years, it is not uncommon to find markets and even restaurants advertising gluten-free options. Studies point out that:
With stats like these, it is important to ask questions! Celiac disease is a gateway disease. In other words, the chronic inflammation and gut permeability pave the way for other serious conditions to arise. These are health issues like:
It is possible that, at first, symptoms of celiac disease may not be apparent.
While this uncomfortable feeling can persist for hours, you may just chalk it up to “something that you ate”. Because these digestive issues happen frequently, you also may think that you have “weak digestion” and forget about it. Over time, the systemic effects of celiac may prompt you to seek a doctor.
Because poor digestion can seem like a minor thing, it may take a while to get a diagnosis. Sometimes, it can take as long as ten years! Additionally, a diagnosis is made at the far end of the disease spectrum. In other words - when it’s too late.
Wheat gluten, which is a protein, is most attributed to wheat sensitivity. However, the body can react to any molecule in wheat.
A simple rule of thumb: If your body shows any reaction to a food or drink, in the digestive tract or elsewhere, do not consume it. Many antibody tests that screen for autoimmunity and allergies are still in the process of being developed! (2) Keeping a food diary can help you determine which foods your body reacts to.
Why are rates of celiac disease rising so dramatically? Doctors and researchers cannot yet tell us why.
What we do know is that modern food processing has changed the nature of wheat and other grains, making them far more toxic than they ever have been. For example, deamination is a modern food processing technique that alters the structure of wheat and makes it far more troublesome to our immune system.
Some suggest that modern society is far “too clean”. We are exposed to fewer diseases, and our immune systems are weaker for it. This is called the hygiene hypothesis.
While we would like to think that living in an industrialized, modern society has given us some control over the microbial population living in our bodies, it is safe to say that “too clean” only supports the genesis of new, smarter bugs, rather than fewer bugs.
Industrialized microbes and modern birth methods, such as Caesarean section (C-section) can drastically affect what types of microbes populate the gut. This is because in a C-section, the infant does not pass through the vaginal tract and misses out on all of mom’s native bacteria. Instead, whatever bacteria happen to be floating around in the environment and on peoples’ skin will populate the newborn’s gut. A number of immune-related disorders have been associated with C-section birth. (5) (6) (7)
Inoculating the gut with beneficial bacteria can heal the lining of the gut and support a healthy immune response. Studies show that good microflora:
Eating for health actually feels good. The more damaged intestinal tissue is, the more you will need to limit your diet. By turning down the inflammatory response in your body, healing the gut, and regulating the immune system, you can actually halt the progressive degeneration associated with celiac disease.
Celiac disease is more common than many people realize, and rates have risen dramatically in the past four decades. Roughly 1 in 100 Americans are affected by celiac disease, which can lead to dementia, osteoporosis, and other serious autoimmune disorders if left untreated.
Here are six signs that you could be suffering from celiac disease:
Begin supporting your gut with beneficial bacteria found in probiotic beverages to halt the degeneration caused by celiac disease.
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