Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition in which the body’s own immune system attacks the small intestine when gluten is consumed. Gluten is the protein found in wheat that gives it elastic characteristics. Symptoms of celiac disease may include abdominal pain, bloating, chronic diarrhea, discolored stool, anemia, weight loss, joint and bone pain, fatigue, and impaired growth and failure to thrive in children. Celiac disease is heredity and can be treated by using alternative therapies.
The most obvious solution for treating celiac disease is to remove gluten from the diet. This includes wheat and other gluten proteins found in food as well as products used in daily life, such as stamp and envelope adhesive, vitamins and medicines. There are many gluten free options for popular foods, such as muffins, pizza dough and breads. In place of wheat flour, it is common to use almond, potato, corn, coconut and bean flours. Many food products today will indicate on their labels whether or not they contain gluten.