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March 22, 2012, last updated May 29, 2015

By Louise Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist

Take a look at your kitchen shelves and see how many foods
contain gluten. A loaf of bread, the pancake mix, soy sauce, a
can of beer, sheets of lasagna pasta, your favorite breakfast
cereal…. Now eliminate all of them from your diet for life. That
is exactly what people suffering from Celiac disease must do.


Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune condition that affects
your digestive system. When you eat foods containing gluten
the condition causes a toxic reaction that damages your small
intestine and prevents food from being properly absorbed. You
are becoming malnourished no matter what you eat.


Gluten is a composite of proteins found in grains including
wheat, rye and barley. Gluten gives food a chewy texture.


Celiac disease affects 1 out of 133 people in America, about 2
million people, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation.
Even tiny amounts of gluten, a protein found in specific grains,
cause this toxic effect. And the bad news is, the condition is for
life.

Why some people develop Celiac disease and others do not is a
mystery. But there are some interesting clues.


Children born in the spring are at great risk for developing
Celiac disease.


This link between Celiac disease and your season of birth is due
to variations in the Vitamin D you receive in the early months of
your life and your Vitamin D blood profile thereafter, according
to a 2014 study from doctors at Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol
University in Bangkok, Thailand.

Experts don’t know of a cure for Celiac disease. Are there any
natural remedies to manage the symptoms of  Celiac disease?

What are the Symptoms of Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease may cause any combination of the following
symptoms:
bloating, excessive gas and abdominal pain;
diarrhea or constipation (or both); anemia; bone or joint pains;
depression; mood change; fatigue; missed periods; tooth
discoloration;
mouth ulcers, foul smelling stools; lactose
intolerance; weight loss or gain – you can see that the
condition is difficult to diagnose, which is why you should seek
medical advice before you cut gluten from your diet.  

You also don’t have to have any symptoms to be suffering from
Celiac disease. In fact, 97 percent of sufferers go undiagnosed
according to the Celiac Disease Foundation – these experts
claim Celiac disease is one of the most common conditions in
the world.

Celiac disease can’t be cured, but there are steps you can take
to minimize the condition’s impact on your life. We looked at
the scientific evidence to see which remedies work against
Celiac disease and how you can live a healthy life alongside
Celiac disease.

Top 10 Natural Remedies for Celiac Disease

























1. Skip the Foods You Can’t Eat to Beat Celiac Disease

Although Celiac disease can’t be cured, you can live symptom-
free with the disease, and your intestines will heal, if you follow
a gluten-free diet for life. You cannot eat foods or drink
beverages that contain wheat, rye, and barley. This includes all
forms of wheat like durum (that’s pasta), semolina, spelt and
faro; plus, malt and malt extract, and certain medications and
vitamins unless they have been certified as gluten-free.

Even play-dough causes a problem – you should wash your
hands immediately if you handle it when playing with your child.

What grains can you eat if you have Celiac disease? You can eat
soy, corn, rice, tapioca, potato, millet, sorghum, buckwheat,
flax, nut flour, and
quinoa. You can also eat amaranth, an
ancient grain that is gluten-free. Distilled alcohol is OK (wine
and hard liquor), but beers and lagers are not. (Read more
about
quinoa and quinoa recipes.)

The key to sticking to a gluten-free diet, according to the Celiac
Disease Foundation, is to read labels, check ingredients and if in
doubt, go without. Remember, “wheat free” is not the same as
“gluten free”; wheat-free foods can still contain rye or barley.

2.
Prevent Osteoporosis – a Complication of Celiac Disease

If you have Celiac disease you are unfortunately more likely to
suffer from osteoporosis, a condition where your bones
become less dense and more prone to fracture, according to
the Celiac Disease Foundation.

Why? If your Celiac disease is untreated, the small intestine
cannot absorb calcium properly. Calcium is essential for healthy
bone and the prevention of osteoporosis. The National
Institutes of Health and National Osteoporosis Foundation
states adults should get 1,000 mg of calcium each day. And if
you’re over the age of 50 you should get 1,200 mg/ day.

Eat
foods high in calcium like non-fat milk, yogurt, leafy green
vegetables, salmon and tofu (skipping the wheat-based calcium-
enriched breakfast cereals.) And manage your Celiac disease
otherwise you will always be missing calcium. (Read more
about
natural remedies for osteoporosis and osteopenia.)

3.
Some People Need to Follow a Lactose-Free Diet

People suffering from celiac disease are also more likely to be
suffering from lactose intolerance – the inability to digest
lactose, the sugar in milk and milk products. This is because the
intestines are damaged and the lactose digestion process is
affected. If you cut out gluten the symptoms may disappear, or
they can stick around for a long time. You may need to cut
dairy products from your diet for months after you have been
diagnosed with celiac disease, according to the National
Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

4.
Celiac Disease Can Cause Vitamin K Deficiency

Vitamin K is a little-known vitamin found in leafy green
vegetables like turnip greens, kale, spinach, cabbage, lettuce,
and broccoli. If you have Celiac disease you may become
deficient in vitamin K, according to research such as the 2011
study from University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
that links celiac disease with vitamin K and D deficiency. (Read
more about the Top 10
health benefits of dark, leafy greens.)

5.
Treat Celiac Disease Side Effects Like Gas

If you are diagnosed with Celiac disease the first weeks when
you are getting used to a new diet are also likely to be the time
when you try to eliminate some of the symptoms of celiac
disease, like gas. One reported way to reduce constipation and
gas is taking probiotics. A 2000 study from Lund University
Hospital, Sweden showed people who took probiotics were less
likely to suffer discomfort caused by gas.

6.
Alleviate Celiac Disease-Induced Gas with Charcoal

Are there any other ways to reduce the gas and discomfort
caused by Celiac disease? According to a 1981 study by Hall RG
Jr, Thompson H, and Strother A entitled “Effects of orally
administered activated charcoal on intestinal gas” activated
charcoal taken by mouth may reduce flatulence and gas.
However, not all subsequent studies agree with this one and
you may be best placed to beat gas through a healthy diet and
regular meals.

7.
Use Peppermint Oil to Reduce Celiac Disease Symptoms

Sweet smelling, and tasting, peppermint may also be good at
tackling flatulence, stool frequency, bloating and abdominal
pain associated with Celiac disease in many cases. A 1997 study
from Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan found
peppermint was useful for people with
irritable bowel
syndrome at reducing these symptoms.

8.
Carnitine Can Help Celiac Disease Sufferers

It seems carnitine, a substance your body uses to turn fats into
energy, could be helpful for Celiac disease sufferers. A 2007
study from University Federico II, Naples, Italy discovered
carnitine was good for treating fatigue in adult celiac disease
patients. Fatigue is one of the symptoms of celiac disease.

9.
New Forms of Wheat Flour are Safe for Celiacs?

As technology advances, new forms of wheat flour are being
developed which prove non-toxic to people suffering from
Celiac disease. A 2011 study from the University of Napes, Italy
charts the success of hydrolyzed wheat flour, a form of wheat
flour made from fermented sourdough that decreases the
concentration of gluten. Other studies such as the 2012
research from University College Cork, County Cork, Ireland
look at the recent advances in making gluten-free bread from
gums, gluten-free flours and new functional ingredients.

10.
Can You Eat Oats With Celiac Disease?

Pure oats are a controversial ingredient in the Celiac disease
diet. Historically, the suitability of the food for Celiac has been
debated. However, recent studies including a 2009 study from
Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada shows that people
with Celiac disease can eat moderate amount of pure oats,
which provide fiber and vitamin B as well as cardiovascular
benefits.


Update:

Non-Foods Such as Lipstick Can Contain Gluten

Gluten is everywhere, so ubiquitous in fact that one study
noted that gluten is found in lipsticks, postage stamps, ice
creams, sweets and even beer. This 2014 study, from the All
India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India helped
raise awareness that gluten in non-food products can also
trigger Celiac reactions.





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