Coeliac illness is an autoimmune illness that results in the bowel becoming inflamed due to a food intolerance. Gluten proteins in certain cereal products, including Wheat and Barley, are not tolerated by people with a coeliac condition, and it can cause painful cramps and inflammation of the bowel lining.

Interestingly, it seems that the rate of people with these sorts of digestion and bowel problems has risen dramatically since humans settled into becoming an agrarian society. Some people speculate that many generations of genetic modification of cereal plants, like Rye and Wheat, have resulted in varieties that are less tolerated by many people.

How Do You Know if You Have This Condition?

It is well understood that there are genetic links within families, and the illness can be hereditary, but the problem is that of the one in one hundred people who are thought to suffer from Coeliac disease, many of them remain undiagnosed. So, how do you know if you are suffering from it? Though many of the symptoms are quite general, and could be linked to other digestive and bowel problems, the following are commonly experienced by sufferers:

  • Constipation, loose stools, and diarrhoea that may alternate,
  • Feeling tired and lethargic,
  • Bloating, wind and flatulence that is uncomfortable,
  • Loss of weight,
  • Headaches and a low mood.

The bowel and intestines are composed of delicate tissues. They vary in sensitivity over a wide range between individuals, and pinning down causes for many bowel problems is not easy to do without complicated testing over time. In fact, the bowels themselves are composed of very similar material to our own brain tissue, and the gut is often referred to as the ‘second brain’.

The science around this part of the body is really still in development, and surprisingly it has only been very recently that medical science has officially recognised a new human organ: the Mesentery. This was long thought to be a delicate tissue that simply held in the bowels and intestines and attached to the abdominal wall. It has recently been discovered that it is far more complex than it was first thought, and likely plays a much bigger role in regulating hormones and other chemicals.

Treatment Options

If you suffer from Coeliac illness, it is vital to seek treatment and use online sources such as Juvela to find out more about what you can do to minimise the symptoms. The primary method of counteracting and treating the symptoms is to eat a strict gluten free diet. Since it is the gluten protein in foods that causes this autoimmune condition to worsen, cutting out, or at least minimising foods, that contain it provides a great deal of relief to sufferers.

Fortunately, many pharmacies are able to advise on gluten free foods, and now that it has become recognised as a common cause of bowel problems, many restaurants, cafes, and supermarkets are offering gluten free food. Common foods like bread, meats, pasta, and cereals are now available in gluten free varieties, making treatment much more practical for many coeliac sufferers.