Celia Sprue, also know as celiac disease, is an autoimmune disorder that's genetic. 1 out of 100 people are diagnosed with celiac disease. As a celiac, the little villi in your intestines are pressed down; therefore, not making it possible for gluten to digest. Instead gluten causes damage to the little villi. Since these villi promote nutrient absoprtions, as they get damaged, nutrients cannout be absorbed properly causing a domino effect of problems. Check out if your child has any of these symptoms.
The cure to celiac sprue is a gluten-free lifestyle.
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WHAT'S CELIAC DISEASE?
Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, rye, barley, spelt and triticale. For a list of 'gluten' words, click here.
Gluten is used for many reasons. It gives elasticity to dough, helping it rise and keep the form. It preserves food, as well as binds ingredients together. However it binds not only food, but is used in cosmetics, hair supplies, medicine, charcoal and even the sealer of the envelope.
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We should not all be on a gluten-free lifestyle. Always talk to a doctor or dietitian before you choose to go gluten-free. If you are a celiac, by all means, you must go gluten-free.
Search on-line for gluten-free reastaurants | Download 'gluten-free restaurant finder" apps if using a smart phone
Pack gluten-free toiletries: sopa, shampoo, tooth paste, deodorant | Print restaurant cards | Pack some type of breakfast bar | Find the local grocery stores | See if your hotel has a stove or microwave (if not use the grocery stores microwave)
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Pack gluten-free snacks for air travel.
Gluten-free meals are scarce in airports.
If you have a long layover, pack gluten-free meals.
- Peanuts are often made in a wheat facility.
Pack a cooler of gluten-free meals:
gluten-free lunch meat
gluten-free breakfast bars
gluten-free chips and snacks