is an inflammatory disorder in the small intestine which is triggered by consumption of gluten
, which causes the body’s immune system to attack and damage the small intestine. Medical professionals may sometimes refer to Celiac Disease as non-tropical sprue
or gluten sensitive enteropathy
. It is an inherited, autoimmune condition that occurs most with those who are genetically susceptible due to having relatives with Celiac Disease. It's believed that 9 out of 10 people with Celiac Disease are unaware that they have it, and it is the the most common, undiagnosed, and serious intestinal disease in the United States.
If you have Celiac Disease, you need to be on a Gluten Free Diet
, and we recommend you use MealMixer to help manage your change to this diet, and your long-term adherence to it. This complex diet avoids the foods that contain gluten which are those having: wheat, barley, kamut, rye, triticale, and spelt
. The planner creates plans for you that avoid these grains in all of their forms.
When people with Celiac Disease
ingest gluten, the lining of the small intestine becomes inflamed. Ordinarily, this lining is covered with hairlike projections called villi, which are responsible for absorbing nutrients. When the villi are damaged by the inflammation that develops in response to gluten, they cannot absorb nutrients, which leads to malnutrition. It is very important to adhere to a strict gluten-free diet, or one specified by your healthcare practitioner.
The symptoms of Celiac Disease are varied and individual. They may include any of the following symptoms: diarrhea, gas, bloating, abdominal cramps, stools that are gray and fatty or oily, fatigue, osteoporosis, weight loss, infertility, recurrent canker sores, anemia, dermatitis herpetiformis, and more.
Celiac Disease may also cause impact to the colon or large bowel. Celiac patients have been found to have a different make-up of bacteria in the colon, with a higher proportion of unwanted bacteria, perhaps because the good bacteria in the colon are being suppressed by the affects of Celiac Disease in the small bowel. To solve this, supplements or, better yet, Prebiotic
plant fibers, can be used to nourish the good bacteria, and don't contain gluten. Also, eating a lot of gluten-free vegetables and fruits can also help keep the bacteria in the colon well balanced.
Prebiotic fibers can help abnormal bacterial make-up of the colon return to normal
Celiac Disease Organizations
|The Food Allergy Network|
11781 Lee Jackson Hwy, Suite 160
Fairfax, VA 22033-3309
|American Celiac Society|
P.O. Box 23455
New Orleans, LA 70183-0455
|Celiac Sprue Association/USA, Inc.|
P.O. Box 31700
Omaha, NE 68131-0700
|Celiac Disease Foundation|
13251 Ventura Blvd., Suite 1
Studio City, CA 91604-1838
|Gluten Intolerance Group|
15110 10th Avenue SW, Suite A
Seattle, WA 98166-1820
|Ener-G Foods, Inc.|
5960 1st Avenue. S.
P.O. Box 84487
Seattle, WA 98124-5787
|Dietary Specialists, Inc.|
P.O. Box 227
Rochester, NY 14601
|The Really Great Food Company|
P.O. Box 2239
St. James, NY 11780
|Gluten Free Pantry|
P.O. Box 840
Glastonbury, CT 06033
3750 Francis Hughes