Did you know that many diseases remain undiagnosed and thus, untreated, for a lifetime? Celiac Disease is one of them, and it can cause a number of digestive problems that trouble your daily life. In this article, we help you identify the symptoms of Celiac disease and shed light on the best way to combat it to lead a healthier, and ultimately, better life.
What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is a digestive and autoimmune disorder that can damage your small intestine. It is mostly triggered by a protein called gluten, which can be found in grains, like wheat, barley, and rye. Normally, the body's immune system protects it from foreign invaders. However, when people with Celiac Disease consume gluten-rich foods, their immune systems attack the lining of the intestine. This causes inflammation in the intestines and damages the villi, the hair-like structures on the lining of the small intestine, which are responsible for absorbing nutrients. As a result, the person ends up malnourished, no matter how much he or she eats.
What are the main symptoms of Celiac Disease?
Although sometimes Celiac Disease remains silent, with no symptoms at all, it often manifests through one or a combination of the following symptoms:
A severe blistering skin rash and sores in the mouth
Unexplained anemia or hepatitis
Muscle cramps, joint, and bone pain, and defects in dental enamel
Growth problems in children
A tingling sensation in the legs, caused by nerve damage and low calcium
How can you combat Celiac Disease?
The most common - and efficient - way to counterattack Celiac Disease is by following a gluten-free diet. But is it enough? Well, people opting for such diets tend to be deficient in a few vitamins and minerals, in part because gluten-free processed foods often aren't supplemented with extra nutrients. That's why it's crucial to complement your gluten-free diet with whole foods. These are plant foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, like whole grains, dark green and yellow/orange-fleshed vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
Consuming whole foods regularly will alleviate your Celiac Disease symptoms and pave your way to a healthier, lighter, and happier life whether you suffer from a silent disease or not.
Till the next read, bring more whole foods into your diet!
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