Coeliac Disease

Coeliac DiseaseWhat Causes Coeliac Disease?

  • Genes. People with Coeliac disease have been found to have first degree relatives who are suffering from the same condition. For genetically predisposed persons, various factors could cause certain changes in the small intestine, which could pave the way for an irregular immune system response leading to the occurrence of the condition. Some of the said factors include bacteria, surgery, and virus.
  • Environmental factors. Various dietary grains were known to cause Coeliac disease. Some of these foods are wheat, barley, and oats. These foods contain certain amounts of ‘toxic’ proteins which are collectively referred to as gluten.


Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Coeliac Disease

When a person ingests gluten, the body’s auto immune system responds immediately by attacking the villi in the stomach lining, which are eventually destroyed. This leads to malabsorption, which then creates severe gastrointestinal disturbances.

Once the body experiences nutrient malabsorption, as well as deficiencies in vitamins and minerals, the body could suffer from anaemia as osteoporosis (thin bones).

Some common symptoms of Coeliac disease are the following:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Fatigue
  • Poor appetite
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Flatulence
  • Weight loss
  • Headace
  • Inflamed tissues
  • Delayed growth (infants)
  • Failure to thrive (infants)
  • Neuropathy, or feeling of tingling numbness in the hands and legs due to nerve damage
  • Aphthous ulcers, or pale sores found inside the mouth
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis, or painful skin rashes
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Tooth discoloration, or loss of enamel
  • Missed menstrual periods which is usually brought about by excessive weight loss
  • Alopecia, or hair loss
  • Infertility
  • Depression
  • Pain in the joints
  • Repeated miscarriages


Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Coeliac Disease

  • Exercise. Those who suffer from Coeliac disease needs to exercise at least four times a week. Moderate and not heavy exercises should be done. You may include gentle jogging, power walking, yoga and aerobics.
  • Nutrition. Food plays a very important role in reducing the symptoms of Coeliac disease. You should take note what foods you can eat, and foods that you cannot eat. Make sure that you also maintain a gluten-free diet for six months since it takes that much time to eliminate the immune activated antibodies present in the body.


Diet for Coeliac Disease

Foods to Avoid

  • Gluten. Since this is one of the things that is known to trigger Coeliac disease, you must avoid eating foods that contain such. Some of these foods include rye, barley, oats, wheat, durum flour, semolina, couscous, spelt, bulgur, karnut, and triticale.
  • Starch. Beware of foods that contain starch – either wheat starch or corn starch.
  • Malt, dextrin, maltodextrin, natural flavouring, modified food starch, fillers, hydrolysed vegetable protein (HVP), hydrolysed plant protein (HPP). These foods may possibly contain gluten.
  • Dairy products. This often becomes necessary due to a deficiency in the lactase enzyme, which is needed to digest milk sugars.

Friendly Foods

  • Carbohydrates. You can substitute gluten grains with foods that are rich in carbohydrates such as corn, rice, potato, pumpkin, kumara, quinoa, cornmeal, millet, and soyflour.
  • Foods that have plenty  iron.
  • Red meat, along with liver and kidneys of animals are rich sources of iron.
  • Some nuts like almonds, cashew nuts, and hazelnuts are rich in iron as well.
  • Sesame seeds are good sources of iron too.


Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs for Coeliac Disease

  • Iron. Take iron supplements. Oftentimes, Coeliac sufferers were found to be deficient in iron. Some even suffer from iron deficiency anaemia. Calcium, magnesium, Vitamins B1, B2, and B6, folic acid, Vitamins A, C, D, E, and K, and other vitamins must be sufficient in the body as well. Proteins and fats should also be substantiated. It takes a long time for the symptoms of Coeliac to be reversed and if gluten is not removed from the diet completely, reversing it might be impossible.
  • Vitamins and minerals. Coeliac sufferers often suffer from malabsorption of essential vitamins and minerals. It is necessary that you have a daily supplement of multi-vitamins.
  • Spirulina (1 tsp 3 times a day). This boosts the nutrients and iron levels in the body.
  • Colostrum (4g daily). This encourages the healing of the villi and stomach lining. You can combine it with 2 tbsp of flax oil, or 3000mg of fish oil, 5,000iu of Vitamin A, 45mg of Zinc, and 300mcg of folic acid. This helps in healing the cell membranes in the body’s stomach wall.
  • Papain (1g with each meal). This is a pancreatic enzyme which is found in papayas. This helps in improving digestion and absorption of nutrients. Take papain with 10,000iu of lipase, 600iu of protease, and 6000iu of amylase.
  • Glutamine (10g-40g daily). This is an amino acid that helps in healing the stomach lining area.
  • Probiotics. Bifidus and acidophilus (1 billion in capsule form) are good bacteria that could help in keeping the digestive system in a healthy state. Take this on an empty stomach to help repopulate the digestive system.


  • Slippery Elm (1tsp with a glass of water). This is a gentle and nutritious coating that will allow healing to take place in the digestive system. Drink this quickly and must be taken separately from other herbs.
  • Aloe Vera juice (50ml with every meal). Speeds up healing of the digestive tract. Helps in increasing the absorption of nutrients as well as in food digestion.
  • Chamomile. This assists the digestive tract in recovering from inflammatory processes. Drink the tea. You may also take 2g – 4g of dried flowers.
  • Liquorice (1g – 5g liquorice root daily). This helps in soothing and healing the digestive tract, and also assists the adrenal function of the body. Do not take liquorice if you are suffering from hypertension, or even extreme water retention. Consult a naturopath from the beginning if you are suffering from these conditions.
  • Wild Yam (2ml – 4ml daily). This liquid extract reduces the internal inflammation of the digestive system.
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