Days 60-62 Quest to Health: Family Genetics and the 123′s of Celiac Disease

Fitness

Continuing on with my journal I will begin this entry with an update on my recent topic, fitness and health! Day 60, Wednesday = Cardio + Fat Burning on my Fitness Routine. In keeping with the Couch to 5k Running Program, my cardio consisted of a 15 min jog followed by a 5 min walk and then followed by a 12 min jog. I then did 5 sets of the Fitness at Home fat burning workout followed by a long stretch.

Day 62, Friday = Cardio + Core. In keeping with the Couch to 5k Running Program, my cardio consisted of a 24 min jog. I then did another 5 sets of the Fitness at Home fat burning workout followed by 100 mixed crunches in order to tackle the core portion of today’s exercise. I also did 100 butt-ups followed by a long stretch.

Health

I just recently heard some disheartening family news which sort-of rocked my world. My grandmother on my father’s side, who is in her mid 80′s, has been in the hospital due to severe stomach pains. It turns out that she has celiac disease as well! This is a really prime example of why CD is often referred to as the “silent killer.” She lived her entire life up until now totally unaware of the fact that she had a food allergy, sensitivity, or intolerance, which lead to her developing CD. Some people catch it sooner because symptoms arise, other’s are just really cautious and get allergy tested from the start. I highly suggest everyone be tested for food allergies in general. I believe that in this day and age, everyone has a very high chance of having some sort of food allergy. Whether it be peanut, casein, gluten, wheat, soy, yeast, lactose, fish, etc.

Please take the time to get tested, or at the very least start an elimination diet! It will save you in the long run, not only physically and mentally, but cost-wise as well. Think of all of the medical expenses you are preventing if heavens for bid you end up in the hospital suddenly someday because you happened to carry the gene for celiac disease and never knew it. If that were to happen, with all of the years that have passed with you eating whatever you wanted, your intestines have been suffering and causing you multiple symptoms which were seemingly common so you never thought twice. These could be anything from depression, blurred vision, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, headaches, heart burn, lactose intolerance, weight fluctuation, sensitivity to light and sound, mouth sores, achy muscles, blemished skin, brittle nails, etc. All of these are symptoms can be brought on by malnutrition and malabsorption.

The way CD works is simply this:

1. You are genetically born with genes. you can be more susceptible to certain allergies and diseases depending on these genes.

2. Your mom and/or dad carries a trait for either one of the following (each differ slightly):

  • Gluten Allergy
  • Gluten Sensitivity
  • Gluten Intolerance
  • Celiac Disease

For more detailed information on this, see my article What is the difference between Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance/Sensitivity and a Wheat Allergy? and this article from Medical News Today called “What Is Wheat Allergy? What Causes A Wheat Allergy?”

3. Gluten Sensitivity, if left untreated, can turn into something more severe. For example, if you carry the gene for CD, then it will flair up. CD is not the only thing that can develop. Why? If you are unable to digest gluten, what happens when you eat it is this; The gluten attacks the villi in your small intestines which are responsible for absorbing the nutrients out of the food you eat. Without those villi, you are then left extremely malnourished, and lacking essential vitamins and minerals. This is why CD is known as a multi-system autoimmune disorder. It can literally effect anything in your body. It is also often misdiagnosed. The following is a list of common side effects:

  • Cancer
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Heart Disease
  • Neurological Disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, Dementia, Schizophrenia, Nerve Damage, Migraines, Epilepsy, Attention Defect Disorder and Autism
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Osteoporosis
  • Anemia
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Multiple Sclerosis

…just to name a few. For more information about this, see the article in PubMed.gov called “Is celiac disease an autoimmune disorder?”

4. You can never reverse your genes. You have it and will always have it. However, you can heal your body or avoid these issues by adopting a different diet. If you are gluten intolerant or sensitive, you may be fine on a regular gluten-free diet which replaces wheat ingredients with things like corn, and rice. If you have celiac disease, you would need to be on a true gluten-free diet consisting of primarily raw, fresh, organic fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds. This means no form of grain, period. I call this the Celiac Disease Diet. You can learn more about this topic in my article Is a “Traditional” Gluten Free Diet safe for Celiac’s? 

5. Adopting this new diet can be very difficult. With time your body will heal itself, however you will always need to avoid these foods. For more information on this, see my article Withdrawal Symptoms Associated with the Addictive Nature of Gluten.

6. Pay attention to your body and look out for symptoms! Make sure to follow the correct steps to getting tested and know exactly what you need to ask your doctor. For more information, see my article Celiac Disease Symptoms and Diagnosis

I hope that this information is helpful to you, at least for a starting point. If someone in your family suffers from a food allergy, please do yourself a favor and get tested and have your children tested. Even if you are unsure, or have no one that you know of with an allergy, you are better of being safe than sorry.

XOXOX F

 

 

  • Barbara Sanders

    Great article as usual Fallon. Thank you for the website.

  • admin

    Thank you Barbara! I love that you read them, it means so much! :)