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Are Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease the Same Thing?

You may often hear or see the terms celiac disease, celiac sprue, gluten-sensitive enteropathy, gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity being used interchangeably. But, do they refer to the same condition? Not exactly, though they all relate to the same problem, a negative reaction to gluten found in foods made with wheat, rye or barley. The term gluten intolerance is used to describe the entire category of gluten-related problems. Gluten intolerance can be caused either by […]

Which Soft-Drinks Are Gluten-Free?

Most non-alcoholic beverages, such as sodas and juices, are made from ingredients that do not naturally contain gluten. But that does not mean you can be careless if you are sensitive to gluten. Always check product labeling for ingredients derived from barley, wheat and rye to make sure the beverage is safe for you to drink. Gluten Free Soda and Carbonated Beverages When it comes to sweet carbonated beverages like coke or Pepsi, the main […]

Celiac’s Guide to Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages

Whether you have celiac disease or other form of gluten intolerance or you are on a gluten-free diet for any other reason, you may sometimes want to have a social drink but feel uncertain about potential traces of gluten in some alcoholic beverages. Although the occasional drink will not worsen your gluten sensitivity, you still need to know exactly which alcoholic beverages are gluten-free and, therefore, safe for you to drink. In general, most spirits […]

Diagnosing Chronic Gastrointestinal Complaints

If our gastrointestinal tract is not healthy, we cannot be healthy either. This is where we digest and absorb nutrients from the food we eat, eliminate toxins, produce immune cells and house 95% of our serotonin. If things are not working well with our digestive system, we usually do not feel well. Gastrointestinal issues play some role in almost any illness. Common gastrointestinal complaints include gas, bloating, nausea, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, slow digestion and discomfort […]

Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment of Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a negative reaction of a patient’s body to gluten. The immune system starts attacking the small intestine lining and destroying the villi when the patient ingests foods with gluten. Villi are small projections that are found on the lining of the small intestine. If celiac disease goes untreated, it will result in the patient being unable to absorb the nutrients from the food they eat. Celiac disease is classified as an auto […]

Managing Digestive Disorders

We know that bad food can cause an upset stomach but the way in which diet can trigger or affect a chronic digestive disorder has not yet been fully explained. However, it is quite clear that certain disorders are profoundly influenced by what we do or do not eat or can be helped by adding or eliminating certain types of food. Our digestive tract is a 40 feet long, winding tube, consisting of several sections […]