GLUTEN INTOLERANCE, COELIAC (CELIAC) DISEASE
Although it’s possible to have gluten intolerance without having celiac disease as both conditions are not exactly the same yet the way they should be addressed and remedies are the same.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which own immune system attacks, leads to inflammation and damages the small intestine causing malabsorption of nutrients. This strange destructive reaction of the immune system takes place when the diet contains gluten – the protein found especially in wheat, and also in some other grains such as rye, barley or oats, that makes dough elastic.
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Read labels carefully because gluten can turn up where you don’t expect it. Improvements can begin within days of starting the diet. Healing completely involves a restoration of the intestinal villi that can absorb nutrients from food into the bloodstream as well as keep the gut from leaking. This usually takes place faster in children than in adults – kids having resolution in as little as 3 to 6 months while older adults may need as much as 2 years.
However, the damaged intestines will heal much faster when you include as many of the following remedies and principles as possible:
Comprised of good bacteria, probiotics help re-establish proper bacterial balance in the gut. Taking good quality probiotic supplements is essential in treating celiac disease.
Aloe vera is an excellent natural healing and anti-inflammatory agent which helps soothe the irritation in the digestive system and restore balance in the gut.
There is evidence that including a powerful protein-digesting enzymes such as papain in the diet may bring relief as taking about 500 to 1,000 mg of papain with gluten containing meals can help digest it. In fact, for some celiac disease patients, papain supplementation works so well that they can reintroduce wheat products into their diet without problems!
MSM (natural sulphur) may help promote healing process.