Posted by Liz Perez on August 24, 2015
Unfortunately many of us suffer from gluten sensitivity, intolerance or more seriously Celiac Disease.
What is celiac disease you may ask?
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder. It can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. Celiac disease is known to be hereditary.
When people with celiac disease eat gluten, their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. The attacks lead to damage on the villi, small fingerlike projections that line the small intestine; they promote nutrient absorption. When the villi get damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body.
Celiac can develop at any age after people start eating foods or medicines that contain gluten. It can lead to serious health problems. These include the development of other autoimmune disorders like Type I diabetes and multiple sclerosis, neurological conditions like epilepsy and migraines, anemia, infertility and miscarriage, short stature, osteoporosis, and intestinal cancers.
How do you know if you are affected?
If you've noticed that you react badly to gluten -- with symptoms like stomach upset, abdominal pain, and bloating -- see a doctor to get tested for celiac disease. Do that before you start any gluten-free diet.
Getting diagnosed involves taking a blood test. Depending on the results, you may also need to get an intestinal biopsy.
If you think you might have celiac disease, the biggest mistake is to begin a diet without being tested.
Quitting gluten before you get the blood test for celiac disease might backfire. By the time you get tested, your immune system might not be making the antibodies that the test checks for.
What can you do if you are diagnosed with Celiac Disease, or Gluten intolerance?
Avoid foods with wheat, rye and barley; such as bread and beer. Remain on a strict gluten-free diet. Even ingesting small amounts of gluten, like crumbs from a cutting board or toaster may trigger the small intestine.
What about Pure Nutrition products?
All of our products here at Pure Nutrition are Gluten free, on top of being free of additives, preservatives and fillers that most other supplements contain.
So if you suffer from Celiac disease, gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity, you can rest assured that our products are safe for you.