Sometimes we eat something that doesn’t agree with our stomachs. It can cause pain, aches, and unwanted trips to the bathroom. You assume you have a food intolerance, or perhaps something in the food was slightly spoiled. What you are experiencing might be more than a simple intolerance; you may actually be suffering from celiac disease.
If you have celiac disease, once the body senses the presence of gluten proteins, it will build a negative reaction. These proteins can be found in many common foods, mostly from wheat, rye, and barley. Celiac disease is your body going to war with itself, rather than with foreign substances. The war is against gluten. After consuming gluten containing foods, you may get very sick. It will interfere with the function of your small intestine by causing inflammation. If the inflammation in the small intestine is not treated, it can lead to chronic fatigue, anemia, infertility, cancer and more.
Living with celiac disease can be quite the hardship. It changes the way you eat, the choices you make, and you will unfortunately experience uncomfortable and painful days. Celiac disease is not something to take lightly because too much damage to the small intestine is hard to undo. The main point to remember is that you are not alone. Having the right support around you, helping you with the proper diet and cheering you on can be mentally beneficial!