Celiac Disease

According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disease that occurs in genetically predisposed people where the indigestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It affects approximately 1 in 100 people worldwide but only 30% of them are properly diagnosed.

Symptoms & cause

Celiac disease symptoms vary, and a person may have multiple symptoms that can appear and disappear constantly. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Gases
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain

Other physical symptoms are:

Dermatitis herpetiformis


Bone or joint pain

Nervous system symptoms

Reproductive problems in women and girls


Experts suggest that it may occur in people who have certain genes or that eat gluten and cannot digest it.

For some people, gluten triggers an abnormal immune system, a response that causes celiac disease. Studies suggest that children who eat greater amounts of gluten may generate an increase in risk for celiac disease.

Top Foods to Eat

To restore vitamin and mineral levels its recommended to eat foods rich in the following ingredients:

  • Iron – Beef, spinach, white beans, chickpeas, cashews, chocolate, lentils, and tofu.
  • Vitamin D – Fortified dairy, fortified non-dairy milk, salmon, eggs, sardines, and fortified orange juice.
  • Calcium – Dairy, nondairy milk, salmon, oranges, dried figs, tofu, bok choy, kale, and sardines.
  • B Vitamins – Sunflower seed, mushrooms, chicken, lentils, asparagus, spinach, beans, and broccoli.
  • Zinc – Beed, Alaska king crab, cashews, dark meat chicken, pork, and lobster.

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