Recommendations for Celiacs
❑ Avoid all foods that contain gluten. Celiac Disease Recommendations
- You can eat rice and corn.
- Replace wheat flour with cornmeal and soy flour.
- Read all labels carefully.
- Be very attentive to “hidden” sources of gluten, such as hydrolyzed vegetable protein, textured vegetable protein and all derivatives of wheat, rye, oats and barley. As well as, malt, modified starch, some soy sauces, grain vinegars, binders, inert fillers. and “natural flavoring”.
- Do not consume hot dogs, sauces, beer, mustard, ketchup, non-dairy cream, white vinegar, curry powder, or condiments.
❑ Eat fresh vegetables, legumes (such as lentils, beans, and peas), rice bran, nuts, sunflower seeds, raisins, figs, and “seedy” fruits, such as strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
❑ Include in the diet blackstrap molasses, which is high in iron and the B vitamins. People with celiac disease need fiber and foods rich in iron and the B vitamins.
❑ Be sure to chew your foods thoroughly before swallowing. This improves the intake of nutrients. Celiac Disease Recommendations.
❑ Do not eat sugary products, processed foods, dairy products, bouillon cubes, chocolate, and bottled salad dressings.
❑ Celiac disease causes malabsorption of the B vitamins and the fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, and K), so take these nutrients. Note that gluten is found in many nutritional supplements. Read labels carefully, and use supplements that are hypoallergenic, wheat-free, and yeast-free.
❑ If a child develops any of the symptoms of celiac disease, omit all gluten-containing foods from the child’s diet and see if the problem clears up. Also eliminate milk, as lactose intolerance can occur with celiac disease. If you do this, be sure to offer another source of calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium. The disease can begin in the first few months of life, depending on the child’s diet.
Celiac Disease Considerations
❑ Any child who is not thriving could have celiac disease. The disease manifests itself differently with each person. Symptoms can include irritability, fatigue, and/or behavior changes; they do not always involve obvious digestive problems.
❑ A child who gets blisters and sores all over his or her body should be checked for celiac disease. Celiac Disease Recommendations.
❑ If you suspect celiac disease, you should perform a blood test and then an intestinal biopsy to make a definitive diagnosis. Make a list of symptoms and foods that trigger these symptoms, for the doctor. Growing children need a wide range of nutrients to grow and for their brains to develop. Do not restrict a child’s diet, before seeking medical help.
❑ Starting a gluten-free diet is a challenge, because gluten is present in many foods, including most grains, pasta, cereals and processed foods. However, people with celiac disease can still eat a varied and well-balanced diet. For example, include breads and pastas made from potato flour, rice, soybeans or beans. Gluten-free products are available in many health food stores and food companies. There are also many cookbooks, available for those with a gluten-free diet.
❑ Several studies suggest that people with celiac disease can safely eat oats. However, since oats are frequently processed with other grains, it is difficult to determine whether oats are completely gluten-free. Follow your physician’s or dietician’s advice about including oats in a gluten-free diet. Celiac Disease Recommendations
❑ It may be necessary to eliminate milk and dairy products from the diet, due to a secondary lactose deficiency. There are many dairy products without lactose (milk, ice cream, cheese), so if you like dairy, there are many healthy options.
See also: “Nutrients and herbs for celiacs“
Other considerations for celiac disease
❑ Vitamin K deficiency, caused by celiac disease, can cause hypoprothrombinemia (lack of blood clotting factors). Therefore, “friendly” bacteria in the intestines, are important, which produce a form of vitamin K. Vitamin K is also present in certain foods, especially green leafy vegetables, alfalfa, tomatoes, strawberries, whole grains and yogurt. In addition, bacteria such as those found in yogurt, acidophilus, can also help restore intestinal flora, necessary for the production of vitamin K.
❑ Heredity is a vital factor in the development of this disease. In addition, celiac disease often develops in childhood, but may disappear in adolescence. However, in some cases, it reappears in adults in their thirties and forties. The factors that can trigger the onset of celiac disease are: emotional stress, physical trauma, a viral infection, pregnancy or surgery. Celiac Disease Recommendations.
❑ A report published in the medical journal The Lancet pointed to a possible connection between celiac disease and epilepsy. Theories about how both can be linked, include the possibility that substances similar to endorphin, can be created, from wheat gluten and that can affect brain metabolism. Another possibility, is that celiac disease increases intestinal permeability, which in turn it allows the absorption of substances that can affect the chemistry of the brain.
❑ Schizophrenia has been observed to occur more often in those with celiac disease.