If you are diagnosed with celiac disease, this means your body isn’t able to deal with gluten and any amount of gluten eaten or drank will attack the lining of the small intestine’s immune system. This damage can trigger some bad reactions, how much is dependent on the volume of gluten you have eaten and the level of intolerance you have; symptoms can range from nausea, gas, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, headaches, fatigue and a difficulty in concentrating.
To counteract the effects of gluten intake you need to alter your diet. There are many products available that contain no gluten and some manufacturers have seen the importance of substituting gluten in foods to other ingredients; this way celiac sufferers are able to allow their gut to heal and their symptoms to improve without missing out on great foods.
To begin with, finding ‘safe’ foods can prove quite a challenge, as even processed foods, ready meals and condiments can contain traces of gluten, but after a little while and a little education sourcing for gluten free foods and gluten free substitute foods it becomes easier. Online there is a wealth of information of what you can eat and delicious recipes you can cook from scratch; ranging from pizzas, curries and even cakes! You can even find quick tips and guides if you’re eating out or travelling as well; Gluten-Free Roads can provide you with detailed information on where is great to dine out and which supermarkets, shops offer a great choice of gluten free foods and restaurants. On this site they even have a section that you can print out, explaining your dietary requirements in different languages! This makes eating whilst travelling much simpler – there is no need to alienate yourself from going abroad or eating out, you just need to do a little bit of research first.
Of course there are pros and cons to leading a gluten free lifestyle but if you control it well you are able to feel the healthiest you have ever felt – it’s just important to ensure you eat a balanced diet as well as avoiding the gluten. You shouldn’t just go ahead and eat crisps all day, for example; because avoiding gluten foods may mean your fibre and nutrient intake will be lower than normal. You need to ensure you eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to up your fibre intake as well as fresh fish, meat and dairy products to keep your vitamin and mineral levels healthy.