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  • Writer's pictureLindsey Fausnaugh

Effect of gluten on Celiac Disease



Gluten is the only currently known environmental trigger and treatment for an auto-immune condition. The treatment for this particular auto-immune condition, Celiac Disease, is a lifelong diet free of gluten. Gluten poses to be the environmental trigger for individuals who are genetically predisposed to developing this condition.


Why gluten is toxic for those with Celiac Disease?

For individuals with Celiac Disease, the body's immune response to gluten causes damage to the small intestinal mucosa over time. This damage leads to the malabsorption of micronutrients. The most common micronutrient deficiencies found with Celiac Disease are iron, folic acid, vitamin B12, and vitamin D.


What are the symptoms of gluten consumption with Celiac Disease?

Symptoms can vary among individuals. The most common gastrointestinal symptoms include constipation, diarrhea, bloating, abdominal distention, abdominal pain, gas, reflux, and nausea. Other symptoms include fatigue, dental enamel defects, and vitamin/mineral deficiencies.


What is gluten?

Gluten is the protein found in wheat, barley, Rye, and triticale. Learn more about gluten here: https://celiac.org/gluten-free-living/what-is-gluten/.


Where can I find help with a gluten-free diet?

It is recommended that individuals diagnosed with Celiac Disease meet with a registered dietitian for appropriate gluten-free diet education, training, meal planning, learning about cross-contamination, and tips for dining out.


Hi there 👋🏻! I'm Dietitian Lindsey from Thyme To Get Healthy LLC and I have a Certificate of Training in Treating Gluten-Related Disorders. Let's chat! Schedule your free discovery call.


Here is a link to help you locate a healthcare professional near you who specializes in Celiac Disease https://celiac.org/about-celiac-disease/find-a-healthcare-practitioner/.

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