Celiac Disease is a genetic disorder characterized by intolerance to gluten, and is estimated to affect nearly 1 percent of the American population, or approximately 1 in every 133 people according to celiac.com. This may sound like a small minority, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. As CNN notes, as much as 10 percent of the population is affected by a related condition known as non-celiac gluten intolerance (NCGI), or gluten sensitivity. In other words, more than a tenth of our population has some sort of gluten sensitivity, which is bad news for sufferers, because if you haven’t noticed, gluten is everywhere.
Celiac Disease primarily affects people of European — and especially Northern European — descent, but anyone can be affected by the condition. In fact, there are rising numbers of Hispanic, Black and Asian sufferers across the U.S. The condition is characterized by damage to the villi (shortening and villous flattening) in the intestines upon consumption of the toxic amino acid sequences found in gluten-rich foods. There is no cure for Celiac Disease, but the condition is easy to maintain with the appropriate lifestyle changes.
What is Gluten?
Gluten is a protein composite found in grains like wheat, barley, and rye. It provides the dough with its natural elasticity, allowing it to rise and keep its shape, in addition to providing a chewy texture. You can find gluten in all of your favorite breads, flour tortillas, pastas, pastries, and other wheat-based foods, but it doesn’t just appear in the obvious places. Gluten can hide in all types of foods, as it is commonly used as a filler or thickener. If you read food labels, gluten may appear in the form of wheat, barley, rye, flour, malt, durum, farro, seitan, or spelt, among other ingredients. It may also hide in your deli meats, soups, salad dressings, or even your favorite beer, so if you have any sensitivity to gluten, you must be cautious, especially when it comes to processed foods.
Do I Have a Sensitivity to Gluten?
Symptoms of gluten sensitivity and Celiac Disease include diarrhea, upset stomach, abdominal pain, and bloating. If you frequently experience these or similar symptoms when eating gluten-rich foods, get yourself tested for Celiac Disease. Even if you don’t have the condition, you may still have a gluten intolerance that needs addressing. If you do discover that you’re gluten intolerant, there are some excellent remedies that can alleviate the painful symptoms, including Allercyl Food 1, available at Wellness Center. This preparation is specially formulated to combat your food allergy without the use of harmful chemicals, and it only takes a few drops to provide lasting relief.
Additionally, some research has indicated a link between gluten sensitivity and Candida Related Complex, so if you already suffer from Candida, it’s critical to address that issue as well. Clinically tested products like Candida Ease can provide fast and lasting relief, and may even help to alleviate your gluten-intolerance symptoms without additional treatments.
If you would like to learn more about living with or treating Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance, contact Wellness Center today. You can reach us on our website or give us a call at 800.219.1261. We look forward to working with you.