Healtheries Naturopathic Team
Find out which key nutrients are important while on a gluten-free diet
What is Celiac Disease and why is it necessary to avoid gluten?
Celiac Disease is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine, making it more difficult to absorb essential nutrients from food. The damage is caused by eating gluten, a protein found in barley, rye and wheat.
When people with Celiac Disease eat foods or use products containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging the lining of the small intestine. Many nutrients are absorbed in the small intestine, however if it becomes damaged, nutritional deficiencies or malnourishment can occur.
How does Celiac Disease affect my nutritional balance?
People with Celiac Disease can face many nutritional challenges. The most common nutritional deficiencies include essential fatty acids (EFAs), iron, vitamin D, vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, folic acid and zinc.
If nutrient levels are not restored or maintained every day, Celiac sufferers may be at risk of developing anemia (low iron levels) and osteoporosis (brittle bones).
Health experts recommend a multivitamin to people with celiac disease to help maintain healthy nutritional levels.
Which foods can I eat to help protect against common nutritional losses?