Many people are unknowingly affected by gluten. Some have gluten sensitivity, others may have celiac disease.
Gluten is a combination of proteins found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley. There are two factors in gluten: gliadin and glutenin. These are also the only ones tested.
Gluten sensitivity has very similar symptoms to Celiac disease, except there is no intestinal damage.
In Celiac disease there is damage to the lining in the small intestine, which is called the villi. The villi absorbs nutrients from food, when this is damaged, serious health issues may arise such as osteoporosis, anemia, neurological issues, and more. If celiac disease is undiagnosed it can cause major damage to every part of your body, such as cancer, autoimmune diseases, thyroid, depression and more.
The symptoms in gluten sensitivity and celiac disease are similar, such as constipation, abdominal pain, inflammation, migraines, skin disorders, nerve pain, fatigue, depression and more. The list just keeps growing.
The key treatment for people with Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity is to avoid gluten completely.
The benefits from eating gluten-free can be great because you are avoiding processed foods which contain unhealthy fats, processed sugars and unhealthy carbohydrates such as donuts, pizza and cakes. Instead you are choosing to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats such as coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, lean proteins, wild fish, nuts and seeds and healthy carbs such as beans, quinoa, brown rice, sweet potatoes all of which promote good health.