Natural Remedies for Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune disease that stays with you for life. Explore doctor-recommended natural remedies for celiac disease, including diet tips, lifestyle changes and herbal supplements.

| September 2014

  • If you have been newly diagnosed with celiac disease, eat most of your food cooked and warm, instead of raw. It’s easily digestible and helps reduce inflammation faster.
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  • Find relief from some of the most common gastrointestinal disorders, including acid reflux, constipation and ulcers, in “Natural Solutions for Digestive Health” by doctors Jillian Sarno Teta and Jeannette Bessinger.
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Digestive complaints are among the most common reasons for doctor and hospital visits. Natural Solutions for Digestive Health (Sterling Publishing, 2014), by doctors Jillian Sarno Teta and Jeannette Bessinger, aims to offer anyone suffering from chronic or intermittent gut disorders the relief they seek. This excerpt from chapter 21, “Celiac Disease,” outlines some natural remedies for celiac disease.

You can purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: Natural Solutions for Digestive Health.

Celiac disease is an inherited, autoimmune disease in which the immune system, upon exposure to gluten, attacks and destroys portions of the small intestine. This destruction sets the stage for chronic inflammation, malabsorption, malnutrition, and a cascade of other health consequences, including anemia, infertility, skin rashes, tooth problems, thinning of the bones and increased likelihood of particular cancers.

Dietary Interventions

Celiac disease is the clearest example we have today that demonstrates the power of food as medicine. When you remove offending foods—in this case, gluten and gluten-containing products—and replace them with other foods, you can begin to heal. In addition to swapping out and replacing offending foods, other nutritional strategies can be used to help soothe and nourish the body.

Eat warm, cooked food. If you have been newly diagnosed with celiac disease, it is best to eat most of your food cooked and warm, instead of raw, because it is easily digestible, is soothing and helps reduce inflammation faster. After you’ve completed our Gut Restoration Program, and your symptoms are stable, you can start to rotate raw food into your diet.

Avoid the trap of gluten-free baked goods. It is easy to feel deprived when you are diagnosed with celiac disease. You may be thinking, “no more pizza, no more bread, no more cookies,” and turn to all the gluten-free versions of those foods for comfort. The problem with this strategy is that gluten-free versions are high in refined carbohydrates and low in fiber and protein. They also lack nutrition. A diagnosis of celiac presents you with a unique opportunity to start eating the diet humans were designed to eat: vegetables, fruit, proteins and healthy fats.

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