Celiac Disease and What you should know?

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Celiac Disease and what you should know? As someone who suffers from a chronic illness, it’s very important to educate as many as I can. We live in such a small world, and knowing what signs to look for and how to help someone else heal is very important. 

To read more about my story, check out https://humblesoullifeofajuicer.blog/2020/07/10/adenomyosis-i-am-not-my-disease/. 

DISCLAIMER: Always seek your doctor or other qualified health professional’s guidance with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition. Never disregard a medical professional’s advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website. Always consult with a doctor before making significant changes. 

What is Celiac Disease? Celiac disease is a severe autoimmune disease that occurs in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide.

Celiac disease is hereditary, meaning that it runs in families. People with a first-degree relative with celiac disease (parent, child, sibling) have a 1 in 10 risks of developing celiac disease.

Symptoms: 

  • bloating
  • chronic diarrhea
  • constipation
  • gas
Lactose intolerance due to damage to the small intestine
  • loose, greasy, bulky, and bad-smelling stools
  • nausea or vomiting
  • pain in the abdomen

For children with celiac disease, being unable to absorb nutrients at a time when they are so crucial to normal growth and development can lead to

  • damage to the permanent teeth’s enamel
  • delayed puberty 
  • failure to thrive, meaning that an infant or a child weighs less or is gaining less weight than expected for his or her age
  • mood changes or feeling annoyed or impatient
  • slowed growth and short height
  • weight loss

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31408136/ (more info)

How to make dietary changes?  

  • Avoid all products with rye, triticale (a cross between wheat and rye), farina, graham flour, semolina, and any other kind of flour, including self-rising and durum, not labeled gluten-free. 
  • Substitute potato, rice, soy, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, or bean flour for wheat flour. You can also use sorghum, chickpea or Bengal gram, arrowroot, and cornflour, as well as tapioca starch extract. (These act as thickeners and leavening agents.)

Also 

  • Barley
  • Triticale
  • Malt, including malted milk, malt extract, and malt vinegar
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Wheat starch

When checking labels, make sure they say “certified gluten-free” (rather than simply “wheat-free” ):

  • Beer
  • Bread
  • Desserts, like cake, cookies, and pie
  • Cereal
  • Crackers and seasoned potato chips
  • French fries
  • Pasta
  • Processed meat, including hot dogs and lunch meat
  • Salad dressing
  • Sauces
  • Soups

Other Items To Be Aware Of:

  • children’s modeling dough, such as Play-Doh
  • cosmetics
  • lipstick, lip gloss, and lip balm
  • skin and hair products
  • toothpaste and mouthwash
  • communion wafers

Nutritional Deficiencies Common in People With Celiac And Safe Foods to Eat: (Supplements are always an option as well)

Calcium: Dairy, Salmon, Sardines, Kale, Oranges 

Zinc: Alaska king crab, Lobster, Cashews, Mushrooms, Beans, Leafy greens

Iron: Beef, Tofu, Spinach, White beans, Chickpeas

Vitamin D: Dairy, Almond, Salmon, Almond milk, 

B Vitamins: Sunflower seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Lentils 

Supplements & Herbs For Treatment:

Curcumin: Used as an Anti-inflammatory 

Digestive & Probiotics: To help with your digestive system and bowel movements.

Papain supplements: Stimulate the small intestine enzymes to identify gluten, reducing the immune system response properly.

Fish Oil: Acts as a coating for your intestinal lining to keep your small intestines from becoming inflamed.

Herbal Treatments: Goldenseal and olive leaf extracts are commonly used to treat celiac disease because they help regulate and protect the immune system, reducing the small intestine’s autoimmune effects. 

Chamomile is another good herb to reduce digestive inflammation and upset stomachs that are associated with celiac disease.

Valerian helps reduce stress and spasms in the intestines.

 Activated charcoal is primarily used medicinally to absorb ingested poisons. And it also helps to reduce bloating and gas.

Ginger is potent anti-nausea effects and helps with sore stomachs.

Turmeric is a known anti-inflammatory, and many people find it speeds up the healing process. The easiest way to consume (large doses) of turmeric is to pop a pill.

Apple cider vinegar has been shown to alleviate many stomach dilemmas, and gluten ingestion is one of them. (We suggest diluting a tablespoon in one cup of water.)

Horsetail Tea: Reduces the digestive tract’s inflammation and the intestines while also boosting the digestive system’s strength and durability, so your system is less sensitive to gluten.

 Hair loss:

If your celiac disease has gone untreated for a long time, you may be malnourished. Malnutrition can cause hair loss, along with a host of other problems. Alopecia areata occurs when your immune system attacks your hair follicles, causing varying degrees of hair loss.

Case Studies To Check-Out:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23624889/ (study investigated the correlation of hair loss in patients with inflammatory bowel disease)

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27833723/ (Celiac Autoantibodies in Alopecia Areata)

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16498340/ (Reappearance of alopecia areata) 

Foods that help with Hair Loss: 

Spinach is a superfood comprising vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which are required for healthy hair growth.

(Oatmeal )The ingredients included in an oatmeal hair mask are aloe vera, olive oil, and milk. Aloe vera has aloesin that promotes the regeneration of new hair follicles.

Curry leaves promote longer and stronger hair. Add only a few drops of the essential oil of curry leaves to your regular hair oil and massage your scalp with it. You can also boil some curry leaves and then use that water to rinse hair.

Flaxseed Gel massage stimulates the hair follicles in the scalp while improving blood circulation. It deals with problems like dandruff, hair breakage, and hair thinning. Flax seeds are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help you avoid a dry, scaly scalp and nourish your hair.

(Avocado) Mix one teaspoon of avocado oil, a teaspoon of olive oil, half a teaspoon of natural honey, and one egg. Vitamins B and E in avocado strengthens hair. Vitamin E repairs the damage on the scalp that is likely to slow or prevent hair growth, while vitamin B is essential for hair growth.

Please, as always, drop any questions you may have below. Feel free to like and share. Remember to consult with your doctor before changing or adding anything to your lifestyle or diet. 

Vitamins

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Hey everyone, welcome back to my space; today, we will be going over three amazing vitamins and a few of their deficiencies. If you have any concerns or questions, drop them in the comment box below or consult with a trusted physician/herbalist. 

 Deficiency: the quality or state of being defective or of lacking some necessary quality or element

Today we are going over Vitamin: A / C / Calcium.

If there is anything you want to know more about or need recipes, please leave a comment below, and I’ll do a post for you. 

Starting with Calcium: 

Calcium is a mineral found in many foods. The body needs calcium to maintain strong bones and to carry out many essential functions. Almost all calcium is stored in bones and teeth, where it supports their structure and hardness.

Herbs and spices are potent sources of nutrition, including calcium. The most effective way to consume calcium is in small doses throughout the day, so emphasizing the use of the following herbs and spices can be better than taking it all in at once or trying to rely on supplements for your daily recommended value (%DV)

(To read more on how much you may need, check out https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-much-calcium-do-you-really-need )

Calcium Deficiency:

Hypocalcemia, also known as a calcium deficiency disease, occurs when the blood has low calcium levels. A long-term calcium deficiency can lead to dental changes, cataracts, alterations in the brain, and osteoporosis, which causes the bones to become brittle. A calcium deficiency may cause no early symptoms.

Calcium Deficiency Symptoms:

  • Confusion or memory loss.
  • Muscle spasms.
  • Numbness and tingling in the hands, feet, and face.
  • Depression.
  • Hallucinations.
  • Muscle cramps.
  • Weak and brittle nails.
  • Easy fracturing of the bones.

Herbs Used For Calcium:

Fresh and Dried Basil 

Dried Savory 

Dried Marjoram

Dried Thyme

Dried Sage

Cinnamon

Stinging Nettle

Dried Rosemary

Dried Dill 

Fruits & Veggies For Calcium:

Spinach 145mg/cup 

Edamame 100 mg/cup

Orange 65 mg/1 orange

Broccoli 60mg/cup

Span Peas 55mg/cup

Tomato 30mg/2 tomatos 

Arugula 30mg/cup

Fig 40mg/2 figs

White Beans 160mg/cup

Soy Beans 175mg/cup

Pumpkin Mashed 40mg/cup 

Cabbage 35mg/cup

Seeds:

 Poppy seeds pack 126mg 

Sesame seeds 126mg 

Nuts:

Almonds 30mg/9 nuts 

Brazil nuts 25mg/3 nuts 

Vitamin A: ( Stored in the liver)

 Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in many foods. Vitamin A is important for normal vision, the immune system, and reproduction. Vitamin A also helps the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs work properly. Vitamin A can take one of three forms in the human body: retinol, retinal and retinoic acid.

(For a better explanation of how vitamin a works as far as the measurement, check out this post-https://www.nutri-facts.org/en_US/nutrients/vitamins/a/intake-recommendations.html)

Vitamin A Deficiency: 

Xerophthalmia is the term for the expression of vitamin A deficiency. This happens when you don’t consume or enough vitamin A from your diet or properly absorb or convert the vitamin A you consume. 

Vitamin A Deficiency Symptoms: 

  • Alcoholism
  • Gluten-sensitive
  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS, Crohn’s, or ulcerative colitis)
  • Pancreatic disorders or a lack of bile from the gallbladder (bile helps break down fat and absorb fat-soluble vitamins)
  • Liver damage or disease
  • Low stomach acid, heartburn, or GERD
  • Severe calorie restriction, potentially tied to an eating disorder

Herbs Used For Vitamin A:

Basil

Spinach 

Parsley 

Thyme 

Sage 

Watercress 

Fruits and Vegetables For Vitamin A:  

100 G / IU ( international units per day) DV ( daily value)

1/2 c of Carrots 459 MCG- 51% of the DV

1 Sweet Potato 1,403 MG – 156% of the DV 

1 c of boiled Black-eyed peas 66 MCG-7% of the DV

1/2 c of Spinach 573 MCG- 64% of the DV

Other significant sources of Vitamin A 

Butternut squash 

Red bell pepper 

Mango 

Tomatoes 

Parsley 

Tuna

Shrimp

Cod liver oil

Eggs 

Goat Cheese 

Vitamin C ( Per 100 G) 

Vitamin C is a vitamin found in various foods and sold as a dietary supplement. It is used to prevent and treat scurvy. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient involved in repairing tissue and more.

Vitamin C Deficiency:

Scurvy is the name for a vitamin C deficiency. It can lead to anemia, debility, exhaustion, spontaneous bleeding, pain in the limbs, and especially the legs, swelling in some parts of the body, and sometimes ulceration of the gums and teeth loss.

Vitamin C Deficiency Symptoms:

  • Rough, Bumpy Skin
  • Corkscrew-Shaped Body Hair
  • Bright Red Hair Follicles. 
  • Spoon-Shaped Fingernails With Red Spots or Lines
  • Dry, Damaged Skin
  • Easy Bruising
  • Slowly Healing Wounds
  • Painful, Swollen Joints

Herbs Used For Vitamin C :

Chili Peppers

Thyme 

Parsley 

Basil 

Fruits and Vegetables: 

Green bell peppers 80.4 MG

Pummelo 61 MG

Longan Fruit 84 MG

Guava 228 MG

Strawberry 58.8 MG

Lime 29.1 MG

Lemon 52 MG

Brussels Sprouts 85 MG

Grapefruit 31.2 MG

Sun-dried Tomato 39.2 MG

Questions you may have?

What is the difference between calcium and vitamin C?

Both calcium and vitamin C are important essential nutrients for your body, but they’re nothing alike. Calcium is typically a metal, but when it loses 2 electrons, it becomes a nutritional mineral your body can use to regulate some of its processes. Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is a molecule made from multiple atoms of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. It is found in high concentrations in immune cells, and it is a co-factor that allows certain enzymes to do their job. Those are just 2 of the many things it’s good for.

Is It Possible to Have a Vitamin C Overdose?

The maximum recommended amount, or upper limit, is 2,000mg per day for all adults. When a person takes more than the recommended limit of vitamin C, they may experience mild digestive disturbances. These can occur if the vitamin C that the body does not absorb irritates the gastrointestinal tract. In lighter terms, yes. To read more about it, check out this post-https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326249#how-much-is-too-much.

Check back tomorrow for another post.

References:

Office of Dietary Supplements – Vitamin A. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminA-Consumer/.

Click to access Juicefactsandmyths.pdf

https://www.viridian-nutrition.com/blog/nutrition-news-and-views/what-does-an-iu-measure-in-vitamins