Celiac disease is a serious auto-immune disorder where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage of the small intestine. As a result, nutrients cannot be properly absorbed into the body. It is a hereditary condition that can develop at any age. Left untreated, Celiac disease can lead to further health problems such as: type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, anaemia, infertility and intestinal cancer. Unfortunately, Celiac disease is frequently undiagnosed, or diagnosis is significantly delayed. Of great concern is that the later the diagnosis, the greater the risk of development of additional auto-immune disorders and diseases.
People with Celiac disease must stop eating all foods containing gluten. Even trace amounts will continue to damage the linings of the small intestine. Total gluten elimination for life is the only effective treatment for this disease.
Removing gluten from the diet can be difficult. I help create a 100% gluten-free eating style that is non-restrictive, healthy and sustainable. Symptoms usually reduce within days and the small intestines completely heal within months. Interestingly, emerging evidence suggests that any person adopting a gluten-free diet, Celiac or not, may be eating in a manner that extends health and possibly lifespan.