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Celiac Disease

You have probably heard a lot about gluten and gluten free foods recently. Gluten is a protein that is found in many grains and many people are considered gluten-sensitive, as they cannot process this in their body. Gluten is found in many foods such as pasta, cereal, and many processed foods. Reading food labels is important when trying to avoid eating gluten but many stores have gluten free food sections. Celiac Disease is a digestive and autoimmune disorder that results in damage to the lining of the small intestine when foods with gluten are eaten. This disease can have several negative side effects and symptoms include the following.

  • Digestive Problems

  • A severe skin rash

  • Iron deficiency

  • Muscle cramps and joint problems

  • Tingling sensation in the legs

  • Sores in the mouth

Many of these symptoms can be symptoms of other things so there is no need to worry! Many people live with this disease for a while before realizing it but you should ask your doctor if you think you may have a gluten allergy. There are easy tests to confirm if you have a gluten allergy and you can figure out ways to limit gluten in your diet. Do not let this scare you, we just want everyone to be informed! Many clients at Live Fit have questions about gluten intolerance so I wanted to show you the difference between gluten intolerance and celiac disease. I hope this helps clear up some questions!

“Celiac Disease Causes, Symptoms, Treatments, Tests, & More.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2015.