It’s important to turn to trustworthy scientific sources when gathering health information. That’s why we look to the Mayo Clinic as one of our main sources for information. The following are summaries of and links to pages published by the Mayo Clinic about celiac disease, including information on diagnosis and treatment suggestions.
What Does the Mayo Clinic Say About Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is a condition caused by your immune system’s reaction to consumption of gluten. Gluten, which originates in grains (specifically rye, barley and wheat), is often used in seasonings, flavorings and thickeners. It is found in most processed foods.
Symptoms of Celiac Disease
People who have celiac disease have sensitive small intestines that react to gluten, which is an indigestible protein. The reaction in the small intestine causes inflammation that damages the digestive tract lining and causes malabsorption of nutrients.
The damage to the digestive tract lining can result in:
- Weight loss
- Bloating/abdominal pain
- Mental fogginess
- Nervous system complications
- Problems throughout the body related to malnourishment
While there is no cure, the Mayo clinic recommends “following a strict gluten-free diet to manage symptoms and promote intestinal healing.” (Click here to read the Mayo Clinic’s complete guide to celiac disease diagnosis and treatment.)
Having Trouble Eating Gluten-Free 100% of the Time?
If you struggle with eating gluten-free, use Gluten Reduce for those moments when you slip up on your diet and eat a bite of a friend’s slice of pizza or you aren’t sure if a meal is completely gluten-free or not. You’ve probably already been burned a few times when a friend cooks for you or a restaurant tells you the food is gluten-free when your body tells you that it obviously is not.
Gluten Reduce is not a substitute for eating gluten-free, but it can work as a safety net to help your body break down indigestible gluten into amino acids your body can tolerate and even use.
We are not recommending that you go off your gluten-free diet — for people with celiac disease, that is very unwise. However, we recognize that it is very hard to eat gluten-free 100 percent of the time, and as such, we offer Gluten Reduce as a supplement that might protect you from traces of gluten that may sneak into your food. Talk to your doctor about if a digestion aid would be helpful or not and see if Gluten Reduce helps you manage your symptoms.