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Gluten-Free & Gassy

Here are the seven most common reasons for residual bloating and gas. Keep in mind that you can have more than one of these simultaneously.

How To Tame Your Celiac-Related Chronic Inflammation

Celiac disease, like other autoimmune disorders, is a chronic inflammatory condition. In theory, chronic inflammation in celiac disease should resolve once gluten is completely eliminated. But it can take months, even years, to achieve this. Normal blood antibody levels (tissue transglutaminase IgA, tTG-IgA) are a good indication that celiac-related inflammation has settled down.

Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation is a natural part of our body’s defenses. It’s necessary for repairing damage caused by injuries ranging from insect bites and infections to toxins and burns. Classic signs of acute inflammation include heat, redness, swelling and potential loss of function in the area affected. Eventually, through a complex array of chemicals and immune cells that jump into action, acute inflammation helps repair the injury, allowing the symptoms to recede.

Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzymes are proteins that our bodies make to break down food into their smallest nutritional blocks. Without the proper amount or type of these enzymes, a wide array of digestive symptoms can result, including gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and even malabsorption of vitamins and minerals.

Supplements for Celiacs

Anyone living on a restricted diet has to compensate for the lack of specific nutrients. For people with celiac disease, the added challenge is that years of nutritional malabsorption can precede their diagnosis. It often takes at least three months of taking vitamin, mineral and essential fatty acid supplements to build nutrient levels back up. Then the challenge is to maintain healthy vitamin levels. The right nutritional supplements are a vital part of recovering and living a healthy gluten-free life.

Calcium

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body with 99 percent found in the bones and teeth. Most Americans don’t get sufficient amounts of this vital mineral to maintain healthy bone mass, which increases their vulnerability to developing osteoporosis and bone fractures later in life. Those of us with dairy allergy or milk intolerance or with malabsorption issues related to celiac disease are at particular risk and should pay close attention to our calcium intake.

Vitamin C is for Citrus

Mom was right. We should all eat more fruit and vegetables. These foods offer vitamin C, a critical nutrient we need on a daily basis for the proper functioning of our bodies. This vitamin affects health in a big way—from cartilage and skin to the heart, immune system and even our moods.

Iron Deficiency and Celiac Disease

Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world. The World Health Organization estimates that up to 700 million people suffer from lack of this important mineral. Could you be one of them? If you have celiac disease, you are at risk. (A common manifestation of celiac disease is iron-deficiency anemia.) Vegetarians are also at risk. (People on a strict vegetarian diet have a difficult time maintaining healthy iron levels because vegetable sources of iron are more difficult to absorb than animal sources.)

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