The Paleo Diet and Celiac Disease

How can the paleo diet help those with celiac disease?

Firstly, let’s discuss what Celiac disease is

Celiac disease is a condition where in response to the consumption of foods that contain gluten, the intestinal walls become damaged. This damage prevents the intestines from absorbing nutrients properly, and ultimately causes (along with a state of chronic inflammation) nutritional deficiencies.

The exact cause of the disease is unknown. However, from a paleo standpoint, the likely culprit is probably the combination of gluten, lectins and anti-nutrients found in grains, or any food that contains the aforementioned substances. There is no point in life where an individual would be more or less likely to develop the condition. Everyone, of any age is susceptible.

People who have developed Celiac disease are more likely to develop additional conditions such as the following:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Down syndrome
  • Intestinal cancer
  • Intestinal lymphoma
  • Have lactose intolerance
  • Thyroid problems
  • Diabetes, specifically type 1

What are Celiac disease symptoms?

Due to the variations in symptoms from person to person, Celiac disease is often not diagnosed or considered right away during diagnosis.

Some of the gastrointestinal symptoms of Celiac disease are:

  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Constipation problems
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Unnatural/unexplained weight loss
  • Depression
  • Nosebleeds
  • Hair loss
  • Poor weight gain
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Villi affected by Celiac disease

Diagnosis of Celiac disease:

Unfortunately, Celiac disease is currently incurable. However, it is treatable through dietary changes such as the paleo diet and the lifestyle it promotes, namely the complete removal of gluten. Diagnosis is only possible if you are currently experiencing symptoms, so don’t cut out gluten if you are currently undergoing diagnosis for Celiac disease. Having said that, nothing bad will come from totally removing gluten and grains from your diet. 

How Celiac disease can be treated with the paleo diet

The paleo diet involves the removal of almost all foods which contain gluten. Foods containing gluten are typically grains and the products they are used in such as bread. Similar to Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease has to do with inflammation and the immune response associated with it. The goal of Crohn’s and Celiac disease sufferers should be the termination of inflammation of the body, starting with the intestines.

This may sound like a difficult, and perhaps to some, impossible task to achieve. In reality though it is completely possible to remove inflammation from the intestines through diet. It seems like a logical, obvious choice to remove the cause of the problem from the equation. In this case it is gluten. However, from a holistic approach and perspective with regards to the diet, it is best to remove the offending food group entirely; grains.

Have a look at this case of how the paleo diet helped deal with Celiac disease.

How to get started on the paleo diet to help treat Celiac disease…

If you are ready to dive in to the magically healing world of paleo, sign up for our newsletter and receive your free copy of the 7 Step Paleo Fast Track Guide. In it, you will find all the information you need to align yourself with paleo principles that will help deal with Celiac disease symptoms safely and doctor’s medication free.

Wishing you health and happiness,

Andrew.