Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder provoked by the consumption of a protein-rich diet called gluten and it badly affects the small intestine and damages it, leading to several digestive irregularities. Bloating, diarrhea, gas, constipation are some common symptoms of this condition which in turn leads to dehydration, weight loss, fatigue, depression, and several nutritional deficiencies.

The only way to combat this condition is to have a strict gluten-free diet and to manage a celiac gluten-free diet you should have a thorough knowledge of the food that you are consuming in your daily diets. So the list of foods, both best and the worst have been discussed below-

FOODS TO AVOID

The foods that are to be avoided unless they are labeled as gluten-free are bread, cakes, chocolate, pies, crackers, pasta, beer, cookies, dressings, sauces, gravies, pizzas, French fries, processed foods including hot dogs, meat and soups. The other hidden sources of gluten are vitamins and supplements, medicines, lipsticks and lip balms, toothpaste, mouthwash and even play-dough. You should be careful while buying products from the market and check for the labels and avoid buying items containing the following ingredients like varieties of wheat such as Graham, faro, semolina, wheat berries, wheat starch, rye, barley including barley malts like malted vinegar and yeast.

FOODS TO HAVE-

Practicing label reading shopping and enjoying whole grain foods would make it easy for you to maintain a gluten-free nutritious diet. Some of those food items and the ingredients that you can look for are fresh and unprocessed meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, legumes, chicken, fruits, vegetables, corns, herbs and spices, healthy fats and gluten-free grains such as buckwheat, millet, quinoa, rice, potato flour.

The best way to have it diagnosed is to visit a health specialist and get a checkup done for celiac disease. For those who are diagnosed with it must ensure a gluten-free diet to reap the potential benefits of managing the following features of celiac diseases-

1.       Lessens the symptoms of Celiac diseases- Studies have proved that following a gluten-free diet for at least a year helps reducing the common symptoms of celiac diseases like diarrhea, bloating, gas and abdominal pain thereby improving the overall health conditions.

2.       Increases nutrient absorptions- Due to poor absorption of nutrients by the small intestine owing to celiac disease, nutritional and vitamin deficiency like iron, zinc, vitamin, Vitamin d, Vitamin B12,  Vitamin A, D, E, are observed in individuals with this disorder. So following a strict gluten-free diet will enable us to overcome this deficiency within a year without even taking a supplement. If required the doctor may even prescribe some of these health supplements for a better cure.

3.       Speedy recovery of intestinal damages- Adhering to a gluten-free diet will enable speedy healing of damaged intestines. Although it is a slow process, no damage is observed in the long run, so earlier you start the better it is.

4.       Improves fertility and lowers the conditions of osteoporosis- Women with celiac disease are prone to miscarriages and even infertility. So to avoid the reaction, it is better to maintain a gluten-free diet. Individuals with celiac disease are even found to have low bone density thereby leading to bone loss and malformations of bones. Therefore maintaining a gluten-free diet would minimize the risk of osteoporosis.

In all, a gluten-free diet is the best way to treat celiac conditions and maintaining a strict diet regime is a daunting task but not far from possible.

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