Gluten Intolerance Vs. Celiac Disease and the Benefits of Naturopathic Remedies
Gluten has taken the spotlight, showing up in grocery stores, restaurants and the news on a regular basis. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley; it is commonly used to give breads and pasta the elasticity and texture so many people love.
For some, the taste comes at a price. People with Celiac Disease or Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) need assistance to ensure adequate treatment is administered to meet nutritional needs. A naturopathic physician has extensive experience with nutritional treatment plans for these conditions.
Celiac Disease vs. NCGS
Celiac Disease triggers an immune reaction when someone eats even a tiny amount of gluten.
This reaction causes inflammation of the small intestine, which can lead to malnutrition if left untreated. More immediate symptoms may include abdominal discomfort, fatigue, bloating, diarrhea or constipation.
Once considered rare, Celiac Disease is now thought to affect one out of 133 people. Dr. Douglas Seidner, Director of the Center for Human Nutrition at Vanderbilt University, estimates about 6 out of 100 people suffer from NCGS. Both conditions are often misdiagnosed. Because naturopathic providers look at each patient as a whole, an accurate diagnosis can be obtained much faster.
Those with NCGS suffer a lesser degree of intestinal damage, but share many of the same symptoms. It’s also unclear how much gluten those with NCGS must ingest in order to see symptoms.
Because of their strong emphasis on nutrition and holistic healing, a naturopathic provider is the ideal healthcare practitioner to develop a gluten-free diet and supplement plan. Call us here at Access To Health and make an appointment with Dr. Davis-Allen to learn healthy nutritional choices and strategies for you and your lifestyle. The journey to a healthier you can start today!