What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac Disease. Most people have heard it by now but unfortunately only because of the “gluten free fad diet” trend. Not many know that it’s more than just not being able to eat gluten. Before I dive into the repercussions of what having an autoimmune disease does to your body, I’ll give you the gist on what Celiac is. Oh, and it’s NOT AN ALLERGY!

Gluten is a protein found in wheat. It can also be found in barley, rye, and oats. When you have Celiac and eat gluten, your body responds by damaging the small intestine. I’ll spare you the gory details about the bodies reaction to get it OUT of your body. #TMI

There are so many different ingredients where wheat/gluten can be hiding so you have to do your research. There’s also nothing more infuriating than the little lettering at the bottom of a package saying, “may contain wheat” or “Processed in a facility that manufactures wheat.” For someone with Celiac, that’s still a hard no! Thankfully, we have apps that scan barcodes and brands that are certified GF. But what most don’t realize is gluten is hidden in EVERYTHING. You can find it in makeup, hand sanitizer, shampoo/conditioner, lotion, facewash, even adhesive! Yes, I said adhesive. Don’t get me started..

A common mistake is thinking that we (Celiac Disease people) only have to eat a gluten free diet to be “okay.” Wrong. Eating gluten free stops you from feeling like your body is being ripped apart but Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease and with that comes many side effects that will stay forever. Not all autoimmune warriors have the same symptoms and some can come and go as they please. Research shows that there are more than 300 side effects/symptoms of Celiac Disease! Crazy right? It makes it hard to diagnose and difficult to manage.

*Side note- I am NOT a doctor. I am just sharing from personal experience and years of research living with this disease. *

These are just some of the common side effects from Celiac Disease;

- Fatigue

- Joint pain/arthritis

- Vitamin Deficiencies

- Depression/Anxiety

- Brain Fog

- Memory Loss

- Hair loss

- Heartburn

- GI problems

For me personally, I experience most of those. Joint pain, brain fog, fatigue, anemia but I’m finding ways to stay healthy and happy.

Your immune system is supposed to protect your body from disease or infection. A person with an Autoimmune Disease has their immune system attacking them instead… so rude, right? Like what did we ever do to our body to deserve that? Nothing is the correct answer but that could also be a loaded question if you break it down. What I mean by that is how much crap food have we put in our bodies in our lifetime? How much sleep have we lost due to Netflix binging or work? Though, we might be making up for it now in quarantine. My point being that we can’t control having a disease that hates your body, but we can control how we take care of bodies despite of that. Our bodies respond to the good stuff and react to the bad stuff. That’s something I’ve had to learn the hard way and every day I’m experimenting and learning about what makes me feel GOOD.

I’m finding recipes, essential oils, and lifestyle changes that help me living with my Autoimmune Disease. I started writing this blog to share my story and experiences. To share what I do in my everyday life. If you’re living with a disease and want someone to talk to- I’m always here.

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