Coeliac DiseaseWhat is it?

Coeliac disease is characterized by an allergy and inability to digest gluten. When gluten is ingested it damages and inflames the intestinal wall so they are unable to absorb nutrients. Gluten intolerance does not damage the intestines to the same degree as in ceoliac disease but can still be debilitating. Removal of all foods containing gluten will alleviate the disorder.

Causes

Coeliac disease is thought to be hereditary.

Symptoms

  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Weight loss
  • Lack of appetite
  • Mood changes
  • Depression
  • Fatigue

Dietary & Lifestyle Advice

Go gluten free. Work with a knowledgeable health care practitioner to find out which foods contain gluten and eliminate them from your diet, and incorporate alternative foods to eat to maintain a balanced diet. Foods that contain gluten include wheat, oats, barley and rye.
Always read food labels as wheat derivitives may be hidden in foods such as sauces, condiments, dressing, dips, baked items, canned and packaged foods.
Coeliac-friendly foods that ceoliacs can consume freely include corn, millet, rice, buckwheat and quinoa, as well as potato and soy flour.
Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, nuts and seeds.
Take a high potency multi vitamin that will supply your body with all the essential micronutrients, especially iron, vitamin D, vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, folic acid and zinc.
Get routine check ups and have your health care practitioner monitor your bone health, check for anaemia and any other possible nutrient de make sure you are not developing nutritional deficiencies.

Recommended Supplements

  • Ethical Nutrients Super Multi
  • Pretorius Vegetable Enzymes
  • Ethical Nutrients Inner Health plus Dairy Free

Recommended foods

We recommend a gluten-free, natural, whole food diet that is balanced and nutritious, some examples of this are:

Anything in the gluten free section of Ueathealthy Online, this category has been checked by our naturopaths. Some examples areā€¦

Whisk and Pin gluten-free muesli
Pure Harvest gluten-free soy milk
Lotus Quinoa
Simply delicious gluten-free salad dressings
Byron Bay gluten-free cookies
Orgran gluten-free bread mix
Orgran gluten-free pizza & pastry multimix
Orgran buckwheat pancake mix
Orgran gluten-free all purpose and self-raising flour
Thomas Chipman original corn chips
Naturally Good Products Carob Rice Cakes
Orgran gluten-free pasta range
Orgran gluten-free tinned spaghetti

**Please note these are general recommendations only, and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor, health practitioner or pharmacist. We highly recommend that you contact your preferred medical practitioner for further testing if symptoms persist.

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