What You Should Know About Gluten Sensitivity And Celiac Disease

Gluten intolerance is considered as one of the most rampant digestive problems in modern society. The condition is made even more complex by the fact that it cannot be easily diagnosed based on just a few tests and some observation of the apparent signs and symptoms when a medical practitioner sees the person for a consultation.

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Celiac disease is complicated due to the fact that the treatment for the condition needs to be designed in such a way that the individual’s needs are met. Before your health specialist offers treatment, they will look for the cause first.

When it comes to gluten sensitivity and celiac disease, every patient is unique. Therefore, one patient may have serious problems when eating gluten-rich food while some others will have to wait for a while before they experience the same set of symptoms. Aside from that, you should understand that there are three main types of gluten intolerance:

  1. Celiac disease, also known as gluten-sensitive enteropathy, is considered as your body’s immune system’s response to consuming gluten. Gluten is a type of protein usually found in grains such as rye, barley, and wheat. If you have this condition, eating food that is abundant in gluten can damage the gut’s lining and eventually lead to difficulty absorbing nutrients.

  2. Similar to allergies like hay fever, wheat allergies can develop over time when the immune system is sensitized to a certain environmental trigger that normally does not harm someone who does not have the condition. In this context, the trigger is wheat. People whose parents have a wheat allergy have a greater chance of acquiring the condition themselves.

  3. Non-celiac gluten sensitivity has signs and symptoms that are very similar to those observed in a person with celiac disease. The difference is that the person with non-celiac gluten sensitivity never tends to test positive for conditions like celiac disease. 

There are a vast array of signs and symptoms to look out for.

While there are a lot of tests that can provide help in diagnosing celiac disease, healthcare providers should also check the individual’s family medical history. This will help further confirm whether they are indeed a candidate for this condition. Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms that are closely associated with gluten sensitivity:

  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Dermatitis
  • Muscle pain
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Concentration problems
  • Frequent headaches
  • Depression
  • Uncontrollable mood swings
  • Digestive problems
  • IBB signs and symptoms 

There is still no gluten treatment but you can manage the symptoms. And to help you get started with symptom management, you need an arsenal of healthy food choices. These might include:

  • Healthy fat such as olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, almond milk, coconuts, avocados, cheese (not blue cheese).

  • Seeds like sunflower seeds, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and chia seeds.

  • Protein sources such as eggs, fish like salmon, mahi mahi, herring, trout, sardines; shellfish and molluscs like shrimps, lobsters, oysters and crabs; grass-fed meat like fowl, poultry, and pork, beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, duck, ostrich.

  • Leafy vegetables and lettuces, collards, spinach, broccoli, kale, chard, cabbage, onions, mushrooms, cauliflower, garlic, leek, fennel, shallots, scallions, ginger, jicama, parsley, water chestnuts.

  • Fruits with low sugar such as avocado, bell peppers, pumpkin, eggplant, lemons, limes, cucumber, tomato, zucchini, and squash.

  • Herbs, Seasonings, and Condiments. There are no restrictions on herbs and seasonings just read the labels carefully.

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As yet, there is no concrete cure for gluten sensitivity. Regardless of the cause of the condition, celiac disease and/or gluten sensitivity will stay with you for life. You therefore need to follow a gluten-free diet to ensure that you can make the most of your current quality of life. Fortunately, there are many gluten-free products on the market.

To help you maximise your comfort, you should also take an active part in selecting the food you will include in your meals and eat like a superhero