Not many of us could cope without having the odd pizza, slice of bread, barley, rye, wheat even eating out. But for Celiac sufferers or (Coeliac) this is a way of life. . Celiac disease is hereditary where the intolerance to a protein called gluten, which is endured on a daily basis. Next to sugar gluten is the second most prevalent food substance in the western world.It is not an allergy, it is more similar to complex immunological disorders such as MS and insulin dependant diabetes.
Celiac disease affects
- 1 out of 150 suffer Celiac Disease
- It damages the small intestine.
- It interferes with absorption of nutrients from food.
- Gluten is not just found in foods. It is found in certain vitamins, medicines even stamp and envelope adhesive!
- If Celiac sufferers eat foods containing gluten, the tiny fingerlike fine-hair protrusions (called villi) lining the small intestine become damaged due to their own immune system attacking it.
- Villi allow nutrients from food to be absorbed into the bloodstream, but Celiac sufferers cannot absorb the nutrients due to the damage.
- It is genetic.
- Other factors that can trigger it are:
- Viral infection
- Sever emotional stress
- It can be triggered after the first time after surgery.
What do the little villi look like?
If you think about the small hairs in your nose, they are the bodys natural filters. Stopping all sorts of pollution from the air and bacteria from entering into the body. Without these hairs your internal body would be susceptible to all sorts of ailments and viruses. The Villi act sort of in the same way, except they do not filter they absorb. If these get damaged or ‘upset’ by proteins they cannot do their job and there for leave the body susceptible to problems in the case of Celiac disease it leaves the body starving of nutrients causing malnutrition, diarrhoea etc.
Avoiding gluten may also reduce cancer risk. In one trial, 210 people with celiac disease were observed for 11 years. Those who followed a gluten-free diet had an incidence of cancer similar to that in the general population. However, those eating only a gluten-reduced diet or consuming a normal diet had an increased risk of developing cancer (mainly lymphomas and cancers of the mouth, pharynx, and esophagus)
In one trial, 11 people with celiac disease suffered from persistent depression despite being on a gluten-free diet for more than two years. However, after supplementation with vitamin B6 (80 mg per day) for six months, the depression disappeared
Diets and recipes
Please feel free to write in and share your recipes with us. We will print them. For coleiac diets recommend brown rice rissotos cooked with vegetables and boullion stock and serve with fish or chicken.Quinoa (keenwa) is a complete source of protein and carbohydrate.Cook 1 rinsed cup for 2 with 14 cherry tomatoes., 1 sweet potato, 1 red onion and 1 courgette with 1 to 2 teaspoons of vegetable Swiss boullion stock for 15 to 20 minutes.Potatoes ok and corn ie corn pasta instead of wheat.
Snacks, nuts, rice cakes with hummus (regular hummus as low fat hummus may have wheat as a filler) All fruit ok. Try millet porridge make with rice milk or soya milk. People should be careful with gluten free cakes which are loaded with sugar and can cause bloating.
Recommend taking acidophilus for digestion reduce bloating.ie Biocare bio acidophilus.