Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease, which means the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks itself when it encounters a perceived ‘threat’. In the case of celiac disease, this threat is gluten. Every time someone with celiac disease eats gluten, the immune system becomes hyperactive. This results in damage to the small intestine (where gluten is digested) and inflammation. This inflammation can affect many parts of the body, not just the digestive tract.
So, what is gluten?
Gluten is a protein naturally found in wheat, rye, barley and their derivatives. Gluten is also commonly used as a filler in condiments, deli meats, and even cosmetics.
Celiac Disease vs. Gluten Intolerance
While both of these disorders require the individual to avoid gluten, the conditions are...
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder affecting the large intestine resulting in abdominal pain, gas, cramping, constipation, and/or diarrhea. Unfortunately, there is no known cause of IBS, which means it is harder to find a direct cure. Natural remedies have become very popular to help alleviate all the discomfort that comes with IBS, ranging from dietary to lifestyle changes. Below are some natural remedies to conquer the discomforts of IBS.
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