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The Celiac Disease: How To Begin

If you find yourself in a situation where you just came from a visit to the doctor who diagnosed you with Celiac Disease, then  you are most likely to be feeling puzzled. It is acceptable for you to be in that position. Everyone else would feel the same way too knowing that they have a condition within their body. Things may be worst when you think about it. But first things first, a trip to the grocery store would be the beginning obstacle that one has to surpass.

You see, Celiac Disease is a condition affecting the gastrointestinal system of the body. A protein called gluten which is found in several food can cause allergic reaction to the lining of the small intestine. Once this happens, it can cause inflammation that may lead to ineffective absorption of the nutrients needed by the body.

With that said, looking for the right kind of food is a very hard task. An example of foodstuff rich in wheat, rye, barley and oats must be eliminated from the daily meal of a person with this condition. Unfortunately, these food are very common. So getting rid of them could be a daunting task. However, is things are done the right way and servings are made in right proportions then it would not be so bad after all. The very thing to consider is to remove all the other unnecessary restrictions you have. Do not mind about gaining a lot of calories by taking in carbohydrates. In this situation, they are your best friends. The most important thing to think about is getting healthy rather than gaining weight. Look for the ones that are gluten free. There may be a whole lot of them but there are also a lot of substitutes. Plain food such as meat, fish, eggs, fruits and vegetables are allowed. You still get to enjoy your meal after all.

Yes, that may sound funny and trivial but as much as we want to laugh it off, working your way in the market knowing that you have Celiac Disease is not some piece of cake. Perhaps buying stuff there would have been an enjoyable experience for you prior to the diagnosis of the disease. But afterwards, your world took a three hundred sixty degree turn and everything seems different. But knowing how to jumpstart things the proper way would take you on the right track.


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Posted by Chloe Boggs - November 30, 2012 at 9:36 am

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The Wonders Of Celiac Disease?

Diseases are difficult to break. They are stone hard and can thrive in extreme conditions of the climate. It would take a lot of effort to smash it into tiny little pieces. What the previous sentences are trying to say is that understanding a disease in not some walk in the park. Curing it would also take a wild chase. There are instances that requires a tremendous amount of treatment in order to save the patient. With the help of the modern technology present nowadays, the people in the medical field still feel blinded about what the answer to the problem is. Some diseases are acquired through exposure. On the other hand, there are certain conditions that have been with you from the beginning of time. It is present in your own blood and circulation, just waiting for the right time catch you off guard.

One perfect example to that is Celiac Disease. It is a problem that can be inherited by an offspring from his or her parents. Celiac Disease is a condition brought about by allergens found in foodstuff. As known by many, it is a case where patients experience a stern reaction of the immune system to gluten. Gluten is a kind of protein commonly found in wheat, rye and barley which causes an inflammation to the linings of the small intestine and disrupts a person’s capacity to absorb mineral and nutrients. If left unattended, this condition can worsen into becoming a cruel case of gastrointestinal problem wherein symptoms may include weight loss, abdominal upset, bloating and a whole lot more.

Even with the presence of these symptoms, they may go unnoticed. But they are still there, continuously destroying the insides of your body. Furthermore, Celiac Disease take on different approach to different people. The symptoms are less likely to be the same in two different persons. One may have diarrhea while the other is constipated. Some may even lead to depression and irritability most especially in children.

As the days pass by, doctors are facing more and more disorder. The ones that they do not even know existed in the very first place. Studies recently showed that the list of disorders have included 80 more autoimmune diseases. With all that and more, the interest on Celiac Disease is still ongoing. And a lot of things are still yet to be discovered.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - November 29, 2012 at 9:58 am

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Will you have to go on a gluten free diet just if you are borderline celiac?

Question by Summer Lover: Will you have to go on a gluten free diet just if you are borderline celiac?

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Yup, because the term ‘borderline celiac’ is only used by extremely ignorant doctors. Saying borderline celiac is like saying borderline pregnant – there is only one direction this is heading.

Basically, it means that your damage isn’t too bad now. And you don’t WANT the damage to get bad, because a lot of that damage? It’s irreversible. The gut may heal if it becomes more damaged – may, I say, because some people’s guts never fully heal – but it’s the problems done to your body by the nutritional deficiencies that you can’t always recover from.

My father, for example, ended up having his joints destroyed because of this, as well as his spine. he was forced to use a cane in his thirties and is in constant pain now.

I had two issues because of this. First, the constant lower level of nutrients aged my skin prematurely. In my thirties I was being asked if I wanted a Senior discount because I looked so much older. Second, for me, was my lowered immune system. Without enough nutrients, my immune system made me essentially immuno-compromised. I caught a disease that is usually not a huge deal, but because I didn’t have enough nutrients my immune system couldn’t fight it off properly. It invaded other systems of my body so that I had trouble walking for 9 months. There is no cure, so even though I finally got it into remission, the symptoms of this the disease can recur at any time for the rest of my life, especially during stress or if I have a severe enough illness to require antibiotics.

So borderline celiac disease is fine as a diagnosis, but all it means is that you have a chance, now, to save your body from pain, suffering, and permanent damage, if you go gluten free. Any doctor who says that you can stay on gluten needs to re-educate themselves about Celiac Disease, ASAP.

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Posted by GlutenFree - November 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm

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Herbal Medicines: Go Natural With Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is described to be an intolerance in a protein called gluten. This condition is oftentimes hereditary that can be troublesome in the early years of childhood. The term came from a Greek word “koiliakos” which literally means “suffering in the bowels”. It was just the prefect word for it. Medically, it is known to be the failure of the cells found in the lining of the upper portion of the small intestine to break down the protein gluten. Following that is the malfunctioning of the intestines to properly absorb nutrients brought to the body by the food stuff taken in.

As previously mentioned, this condition can already be present in small children. However, this can only be diagnosed through biopsy. Biopsy is a procedure wherein a tissue sample is taken from the colon and later on subjected to some form of analysis. Presently, tests using blood and urine are still on its ongoing development. Statistics also show that children who are used to breastfeeding and those who were not introduced early with food containing gluten are less likely to acquire Celiac Disease.

There is no single known cure for this condition. A condition wherein symptoms would include constipation, messed up bowel movements and lethargy. The sole treatment trusted by the experts is eliminating gluten from the diet, may that be for the mean time or for good. But what most people are unaware of is the fact that you can go the natural way in treating Celiac Disease but of course you have to consult first with an expert. A herbalist may prescribe you with marshmallow, papain, chamomile and slippery elm. Research supports that papain which is an extract from papaya may be able to break down gluten therefore causing no harm to the body.

Several conditions consider the fact that reestablishing the balance between beneficial bacteria in the bowel and nurturing the efficacy of the immune system will be the answer to the problem. Other studies are also being made hoping to make the patient less sensitive to gluten to a point that a gluten free diet may no longer be needed.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - November 27, 2012 at 9:00 am

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Is there an online self-assessment for Celiac Disease?

Question by Kat Strat: Is there an online self-assessment for Celiac Disease?
I think I might have Celiac Disease. My mom said there’s an online self-assessment I can take to see if I should be screened for the disease… I can’t find it, though. Can anyone help me out?

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No, it is not an on-line test, unless there have been MAJOR technological advances in the Internet.

You have to get a test for antibodies (as it is an allergy) from the Doctor. That is the only way to know for sure. My entire family has Celiac Disease and thought I might have it (I have IBS). Went to the Dr. (who confirmed that I had to have a blood test for antibodies) and was confirmed that I do not have it.


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Posted by GlutenFree - November 25, 2012 at 9:35 am

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Is it possible to DEVELOP celiac disease? If so, how likely or often does this development occur?

Question by Jibbs: Is it possible to DEVELOP celiac disease? If so, how likely or often does this development occur?
Because when I was 16, I had a test that said I was negative for celiac disease. But now I’m 20 and have the bloating and diarhea symptoms and I’ve had them excessively for around eight months now. So is this possible and if so how possible? any help would be appreciated, good day

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Hi, celiac is a genetic based autoimmune disease, so yes, you can develop it at any time in your life. The way this works is that if you have the genetic makeup to have the potential to get celiac, then you can develop it at any time. I lived my whole childhood without it. The doctors think that the birth of my child was what triggered my celiac.
Since you are having symptoms, please go get retested. If you have a first or second degree relative with celiac (parent, sibling, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) you should really be getting tested every 2-3 years if asymptomatic, immediately with symptoms.

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Understanding Celiac Disease Better

Celiac disease is oftentimes called celiac sprue. But different people call it different names. It can also be referred to as gluten sensitive enteropathy. Enteropathy in definition states as a disease of the small intestine. In this case, the small intestine is sensitive to a protein known as gluten. In the past where little was still known about this condition, the old folks named it nontropical sprue and even idiopathic steatorrhea.

Basically, it is an illness that destroys the small intestine and at the same time gets in the way of the proper absorption of vitamins and minerals coming from the food taken in. Persons with this disorder is intolerant to a certain protein called gluten which is found to be rich in rye, wheat and barley. It is also used as an ingredient to bind and stabilize a certain recipe. Yes it is oftentimes seen in foodstuff but it is also present in other items such as medicines, vitamins and adhesive.

In terms of letting a child know about what this disorder is all about, remember to take in simple terms. Like for example, the doctor discovered that their tummy is not feeling well and that some food is bad for the tummy. Therefore, the child must refrain from hurting the tummy by avoiding those bad guys which in this case are the food.

One obstacle faced by celiac disease is the manner of diagnosing it. Signs and symptoms may vary from one person to another. There is a little chance for two persons to have the same exact series of symptoms. Common things that may occur are diarrhea while others feel constipated. Others may have diabetes, headache, fatigue and a few more conditions here and there.

Despite the growing awareness of the society with regards to this condition, experts still stick to one belief. And that belief is that the only cure for Celiac disease is through staying away from the cause of the problem. Living a gluten free life may not be the way one would wish to be. But with the help of the doctors as well as the availability of gluten free food in the market, it will not be so hard to bear anymore.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - November 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm

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Everybody Deserves A Breakfast, Gluten Free Style

According to the books, the length of sleeping for an average adult is about six to eight hours. In that same amount of time, the person sleeping is also going through hundreds of minutes without eating. One can only do so again once he or she wakes up from the slumber. Thus, the term breakfast was born.

One of the most awful feelings in the world is hunger. So the moment you get out of bed, the very thing you look forward to when you come downstairs to the kitchen is the dining table with food prepared for you. But in the case of people diagnosed with Celiac Disease, they have more to think about than just the meal waiting for them. Instead, they have to consider the food itself included in that meal.

For those who are unfamiliar, Celiac Disease is a disorder that mainly involves the digestive system of the body. It is where the body is sensitive to a certain protein called gluten which is richly found in most foodstuff. Once ingested unknowingly, the body will develop reactions which will later own show off as stomach pain, bloating and the likes. This condition is currently being studied for further management and treatment. But as of the moment, the only reliable way to cure it is to modify the lifestyle specifically the food taken in.

The common rich in gluten food are bread, biscuits, sausages and cereal. Coincidently, the mentioned items are the staple food each and every morning. That just makes things more complicated doesn’t it? However, there is no need to fret. With the rampant increase in demand for gluten free food, more manufacturers are coming up with items that will be safe for the affected ones. Specialty stores and even your local grocery outlet may offer gluten free potato waffles and pancakes. You can also never go wrong with having fruits and vegetables to jumpstart your day.

Breakfast may oftentimes be disregarded because of being busy and be running late for class or work. But whenever you get that chance to sit down and actually eat, it should be something worthwhile for your taste and more so for your health.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - November 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm

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Stay Healthy, Stay Gluten Free

Gluten per se is a type of amino acid found in many kinds of food. Gluten free diet is a meal plan that includes food that does not contain gluten in them. You may notice the little vocabulary lesson we have here but in the course of this article, these terms will be encountered more than several times. So before we go on, it is best to equip yourself with basic knowledge in order to understand everything that this is all about than continue reading without really knowing.

Moving on, the society nowadays is slowly becoming oriented to gluten allergy. In medical terms, it is referred to as Celiac Disease or basically the gluten intolerance. The smartest thing to do is to first consult a doctor or a specialist. You will both be working together in setting up a plan of care on how you are going to go about with your day to day life. Because as much as we want to have a lot of solutions to your current problem, a modification in food intake is the sole and the best way to live a life alongside this disorder.

With that said, you can say that the food is the main enemy. However, food can also be your best friend in this kind of situation. There are a lot of gluten rich food out there. Among them are wheat, rye, barley and triticale. Aside from that, gluten can also be contained in food additives that are mixed in the recipe of a specific dish. That may sound like a lot. But knowing all these will actually help you refrain from them. Take for example, eating wheat may lead to dermatitis. That tells you that oats are definitely bad. Other stuff that you should do away with are noodles, grains, pasta, peas, potatoes and sugar.

If you come to think of it, these food may also lead to several other conditions such as increased cholesterol level, diabetes and hypertension. Which is why, it is stressed to begin by consulting an expert once you feel that something is off about yourself lately. Once diagnosed of having Celiac Disease, that is the time for you to change your daily meal.

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Posted by Chloe Boggs - November 19, 2012 at 2:55 pm

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Tips For A Celiac Disease Newbie

You feel a little odd lately. You think that there is something that sets you off your usual pace. You decide to visit the doctor just to see what’s up. There you are examined along with a holistic assessment of your entire being. Minutes later, you come out of the doctors room with a newly diagnosed condition called Celiac Disease. You feel like you have just been bombarded with lots of things. You are dumbfounded about what to do and where to start. So here are some basic tips in order to survive a life where you have to live with Celiac Disease.

Tip Number 1 – No To Wheat. Celiac Disease is a condition of the digestive system which requires being free from a protein called gluten which is found in most foodstuff. The most popular gluten rich product is wheat. The least of your priorities is to cause damage to your intestines. So better do away with wheat if you still want to live.

Tip Number 2 – Yes To Other Whole Grains. Given that you are not allowed to have any wheat based food, you can always opt for other whole grain products. Examples of which are corn and oats. However, this is not true to all. Some patients can tolerate them while others cant. Just see for yourself.

Tip Number 3 – Go For Gluten Free Breads. It is a fact that wheat and flour are ingredients used to make bread. But with the consideration to this condition, alternatives are already available in the market wherein the breads were created with wheat and flour excluded from the recipe.

Tip Number 4 – Go For Fruits, Vegetables and Meat. Most vegetables are safe to eat as well as fruits in general are often okay. They can be cooked however you want. Just keep in mind that the additives you will put in are also gluten free. When it comes to meat, since you cannot deem the protein from other food useful, then you can definitely acquire protein from meat. It is safe to eat poultry products too.

See? That was not so bad after all. The key to survival is knowing how to combat the enemy and in the end emerge as a winner. You may be diagnosed with Celiac Disease but at least you are still enjoying the food you eat.

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