Celiac Disease & Autoimmune Disorders
Hello everyone! This April, I want to talk more about different Autoimmune Disorders.
Now, if you haven’t seen last week's email, you might be asking, what exactly is an autoimmune disorder?
This is what we use to describe when your body's immune system mistakenly attacks your own tissues due to a breakdown in your body's normal functioning. Basically, your body is fighting against itself and expending its valuable energy on something that doesn’t serve you.
This week I’ll be sharing more with you about what Celiac Disease is; one of the most common autoimmune disorders.
What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is an immune reaction to eating gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.
Many people eat things like pasta, bread, and pastries regularly and don’t realize over the years that they’re in a constant state of being inflamed due to having celiac disease.
“If you have celiac disease, eating gluten triggers an immune response in your small intestine. Over time, this reaction damages your small intestine's lining and prevents it from absorbing some nutrients (malabsorption). The intestinal damage often causes diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, bloating and anemia, and can lead to serious complications.” (Article 1)
What is recommended for those with Celiac Disease?
“People with celiac disease will likely need to follow a gluten-free diet for life.” (Article 2)
At the moment, there is no clear cure for celiac disease, however most people can experience a radical shift in their health through a strict gluten-free diet which will help reduce the symptoms and allow for healing in your gut and intestines. You may want to seek out a registered dietitian who can help you find a healthy balanced diet, even if you don’t have celiac disease.
What are some of the symptoms of Celiac Disease?
Information referenced from the Mayo Clinic’s website (Article 1.)
These are symptoms that you might experience within your digestive tract/after you eat:
Unexpected Weight loss
Bloating and gas
Nausea and vomiting
Symptoms that you may experience that aren’t related to the digestive system:
Anemia (lack of red blood cells.)
Loss of bone density (osteoporosis)
Itchy, blistery skin rash
Headaches and fatigue
Increased numbness and tingling in the feet and hands
Why it’s important to address Celiac Disease as soon as possible:
Many times when you are experiencing health issues, it’s confusing and overwhelming.
Before you get to that place, I think it’s important to know that these diseases can be helped before things get bad. Don’t wait until things are painful and clinically irreversible. Take care of your health ahead of time to reduce the risk of these diseases or symptoms will really help.
Here are reasons why you need to pay attention ahead of time:
Malnutrition occurs when your small intestine can’t absorb the nutrients that your body needs to maintain your weight and natural growth. This can lead to bone weakening, infertility/miscarriages, and intolerences like with milk (lactose.)
You can help prevent diseases like Cancer - “People with celiac disease who don't maintain a gluten-free diet have a greater risk of developing several forms of cancer, including intestinal lymphoma and small bowel cancer.”
You can prevent nervous system problems. Some people with celiac disease can develop problems such as seizures or a disease of the nerves to the hands and feet if they continue to eat foods with gluten in them.
Spot the symptoms early and talk with your doctor so you or your loved ones can respond early to Celiac Disease or any severe medical conditions.
How does light therapy help with Celiac Disease?
I want to emphasize that right now, there is extensive research with things that can help Celiac Disease, but the only concrete treatment for Celiac Disease that we currently know about is removing Gluten from your diet.
Light therapy is a powerful tool to help reduce inflammation and allow your body to naturally heal itself as a compliment to this dietary change. Empower your health with a focus on tools that will help you heal.
Here are two core things that happen during a Low-Level Light Therapy session that help with Celiac Disease:
It reduces inflammation within your body, allowing it to clear out toxins, remove built-up cellular waste, and infection to allow for your body to naturally circulate as it needs to. It also supports healthy blood flow to areas of your body, like your digestive system, to remove waste and to stimulate healing, increase tissue oxygenation, and increase antioxidants.
When your body absorbs red/near-infrared light energy, it simulates a photochemical reaction within your mitochondria that increases ATP production and cell signaling. Basically it gives your body the energy it needs to regulate itself and heal your digestive system.
Exploring how we can care for our body and especially the natural processes that occur with digestion is essential. See how light therapy can help your body & brain!
No matter what it is that you are looking for, I know that we'll find a way to help you heal with light therapy.
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Here are the articles I've referenced above:
Article 1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/celiac-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20352220
Article 2. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/celiac-disease
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