Monday, November 14, 2011
"Celiac disease is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine, preventing it from absorbing parts of food. When a person has Celiac disease his or her immune system attacks the villi, or areas along the lining of the small intestine, whenever foods that contain gluten are eaten. The damage that results from such an attack makes it hard for the body to properly absorb nutrients, causing many people to become malnourished regardless of how much food is consumed.
Found in foods such as bread and pasta, gluten is a protein that can be avoided if people adopt a gluten-free diet. Such a diet means avoiding foods, beverages and even medications that contain wheat, barley, rye, and possibly even oats. While a gluten-free diet won't cure Celiac disease, it can cause the symptoms to disappear and help the villi heal. Celiac disease is often mistaken for Irritable bowel syndrome, so if such a condition has been diagnosed but nothing seems to be working, you should request to be tested for Celiac disease."
by MC of LI Trends