Blog / By John Irvin Over the past few years, Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity have appeared in the media with increasing frequency. A growing number of people are being diagnosed with these celiac sprue or non-celiac gluten sensitivities every day, compromising the normal digestive processes like stomach emptying, causing a build up of acid and creating an environment for chronic inflammation, bloating, headaches and other serious symptoms. If left undiagnosed or untreated, the resulting inflammation can lead to other more serious autoimmune conditions, including but not limited to:Multiple Sclerosis or AutismPeripheral neuropathyPsoriasisCeliac DiseaseLeukemiaGraves diseaseAsthmaRheumatoid ArthritisLearn more about chronic inflammation in this and other articles we've curated through our digital magazine. Removing gluten from the diet is an absolute necessity for those afflicted by celiac disease. Celiacs must avoid any contamination from gluten, or pay the consequences in days or even weeks long debilitating illness. Celiac disease can cause a variety of medical problems, and inhibit sufferers from fully thriving and enjoying their lives. Identifying whether or not you have Celiac disease or gluten sensitivities can be the first step in answering important questions about your health, and changing your life for the better.How Celiac Disease Affects The Human Body Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects the small intestine. When someone with Celiac disease consumes gluten, their immune system misidentifies the gluten as an invasive or harmful pathogen. This misidentification causes the immune system to mount an attack against the small intestine, damaging the delicate villi (which are little finger-like projections) on its inner lining.These villi are responsible for helping your body to absorb nutrients, and damage to them means less absorption of the nutrients in food, which in turn can lead to further health risks, and the possible development of other autoimmune diseases. Essentially, Celiac disease results in the breakdown and damage of the small intestine due to the immune system targeting gluten, and if left untreated can wreak havoc on your body, resulting in long-term health issues. For people with Celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, consuming gluten can result in immediate and long-term harm. The symptoms of Celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity can vary, and some people who have Celiac disease may show no symptoms at all, or they relate discomforts after consuming grain based foods to normal bloating, gassiness or other. But there are certainly a few telltale signs.COMMON SYMPTOMS OF CELIAC DISEASESome of the most common symptoms include anemia, itchy or blistery skin rashes, severe inflammation, aches in the joints, bones, and muscles, chronic fatigue, delayed development in children, bloating, abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome, and more.All of these symptoms are a direct result of a person with Celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, consuming gluten. Gluten can be found in wheat (and wheat derivatives), Rye, Barley, Triticale, and anything containing or made of any of these grains, like pasta, bread, roux-based soups and sauces, beer, and more. The best route is to seek out others experiencing the same symptoms, by joining online forums or facebook pages where communities of similar interests might congregate to discuss their issues. Ask for referrals to doctors in your city or region who understands and supports the issues with gluten and can provide you with a diagnosis for treatment. Whatever you do, get help. TODAY, GOING GLUTEN FREE IS EASIER THAN YOU MIGHT THINK!Discovering that you have Celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity can be daunting, and many people feel as if they won’t be able to eat the way they want, or what they want if they can’t eat gluten.In these cases, it is important to remember that going gluten-free will only improve your life. The changes will be positive — and they will be virtually painless compared to the way gluten makes you feel now. As more and more people have discovered that they have Celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, more and more gluten-free options have cropped up. 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