Monday, August 17, 2009

Celiac Disease : Do You Have It? Or Is It LGS?

Celiac disease is being blamed for many health problems these days, but chances are you don't have it.

There are groups of people that are claiming if you are low on energy, or have a bowel problem, or are obese, or don't sleep well, then you must have Celiac disease. The real truth is that you probably don't.

Celiac disease is only actually found in less than one percent (1%) of people. Even if you have a close relative that has been diagnosed (by a real doctor with blood tests and intestinal biopsy), your chance of also having the disease is still only 4 or 5 percent.

So why do so many people think they may have Celiac disease?

Well, there are many people who have a much simpler problem. The problem is ... (drum roll) ... bad diet.

The 'standard American diet' (SAD) causes lots of problems for lots of people. Processed and refined foods cause an imbalance in the body that causes the intestinal walls to deteriorate and get very thin. This leads to the inability to digest many foods. This is commonly called 'leaky gut syndrome' (LGS).

LGS in this sense has very similar symptoms to celiac disease which also destroys the body's ability to digest food. However, unlike celiac disease, leaky gut syndrome can be healed.

So, how do you fix a leaky gut?

Well, stop doing the things that make it leak. Some of the major causes are antibiotics, vegetable oils, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like asprin, ibuprofen, and naproxen), bacterial overgrowth (usually caused by too much sugar, and/or other highly processed foods), and other toxins from taking various drugs.

And, of course, you also need to do things that will help the intestinal lining to heal. That includes things like drinking kefir, eating lots of green leafy veggies, eating good fats (raw butter, raw milk, avocados, coconut oil), drinking lots of good water with all the trace minerals in it, and chewing your food very well before swallowing.

If you have a lot of intestinal damage, it could take 6 weeks or more of very close monitoring of your lifestyle to heal it. Even some suspected cases of celiac disease can heal from this type of a lifestyle. But it could take a year or two to heal if it was really far progressed.

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Edna said...

To help repair the holes in your stomach lining which a yeast overgrowth has caused you can take glutamine which is an amino acid that can repair muscle.

When your food sensitivities have gone ,this is a good sign that your stomach lining has been repaired.Also take a good probiotic with as many multi strains as possible.

Natural body Detox

Nana said...

"Leaky Gut" doesn't sound nearly as trendy and faddish as "Celiac". additionally, I'm not sure the average person wants to think it's their own fault that they feel bad, it's just gotta be genetic man! But good article. I learn something every time.

Coach G said...

Glutamine just happens to be the most abundant naturally occuring amino acid in the human body. It is a non-essential amino acid, which means that the body can make it if it needs it, as long as it is getting all the essential amino acids.

Glutamine is readily available, you will find it in most all animal products as well as in wheat, spinach, cabbage, beans, beets and parsley.

In other words no need to take a special supplement, just cut out the processed foods and eat lots of good fresh and whole foods. You will get all the glutamine you could possibly need along with lots of other great amino acids.

And yes Edna, most food sensitivities and most allergies will go away if you eat in such away as to heal that leaky gut.

Coach G said...

Kefir will get you all the probiotics you need. It's great stuff! I really recommend that you grow your own.