CELIAC DISEASE?

God forbid! But before I go spiritual on you, this is what got me thinking celiac. I have always been addicted to white bread as you can see here. I never believed that it was possible for me to stop eating white bread. But a few months ago things changed. I observed that I was beginning to lose strength especially after eating breakfast, bread with tea usually. On one such morning, I became so weak immediately after breakfast that I decided to go on a white bread fast for three days. Before the third day, I observed an increase in my energy levels. What next? That ended my addiction to white bread.

 

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Before that, at about the same time I experienced loss of strength, I noticed I had developed rashes around my neck. The rashes also cleared as soon as I stopped eating white bread. I had to understand what was happening to me, so I went reading, with the symptoms I had as a guide. That was how I came across celiac disease. Hey! I am not a medical personnel neither am I saying that I have celiac disease. However, I found it interesting that some of the symptoms I had exhibited were attributed to celiac disease.

So what is celiac disease? It is an autoimmune disorder that is linked to genetics. Children and adults are susceptible to it. Simply put, anyone who has celiac disease has a problem with the digestion of gluten. This problem can damage the lining of the small intestine thereby causing it not to absorb all the nutrients it should absorb from food ingested. This is a serious problem because no matter how much the person with this disease eats, it goes without saying that the person (child or adult) is malnourished. And you should know the consequences of being malnourished.

Gluten is a form of protein (mixture of proteins) found in some grains like wheat and barley, also in some seasonings and spice mixes.

Some of the symptoms of celiac disease are:

1. Skin Rashes

2. Headaches

3. Fatigue

4. Joint Pain

5. Diarrhea

6. Bloating

7. Anemia

8. Excessive Bruising and Bleeding

9. Growth Problems (Children)

10. Missed Menstrual Periods etc.

For me, I had to take what I learnt about celiac disease seriously because I was contending with symptoms 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6. Especially 3. Do I have celiac disease? Since I have not seen a doctor for diagnosis, I can’t answer that question. All I can say is that since I stopped eating white bread (November 2015), the skin rash I had around my neck cleared and my skin looks better, I have lost half an inch around my waistline, I have not experienced that intense headache that comes for no apparent reason, the frequency with which I had ankle pains has reduced and finally, my energy levels? Soared!

 

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Please note that not all loaves of white bread contain gluten. Most importantly, if you are experiencing some of these symptoms, go see a doctor before you jump to any conclusion. Stay healthy!

 

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