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Celiac and Gluten Sensitivity

DrFrancine_500.jpgCeliac, Gluten Sensitivity and Intestinal Healing:

How Proper Nutrition and Supplements Can Speed the Recovery Process 

Living Well with Dr. Francine Lajoie

When you’re diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, intestinal healing of your gut is your number one priority, and immediately adopting a strict gluten-free diet is the most important step you can take to get there.

But did you know that intestinal healing can be an extremely slow process, and intestinal damage can linger for years, even after adopting a strict gluten-free diet?

Although a gluten-free diet is the most critical component of repairing the damage gluten has caused to the gut, malabsorption of essential nutrients and other issues can persist. Malabsorption can greatly affect your recovery but can be helped and supported with proper nutritional guidance.

Thankfully, there are a few different things people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity can do to expedite intestinal healing. Healing completely involves a restoration of the intestinal villi of the gut so that it can absorb nutrients from food into the bloodstream as well as keep the gut from leaking. Support to aide in repair may include some additional diet changes as well as some temporary supplement to support and restore good working order to the gut and create an environment where essential nutrients can once again be absorbed properly. In addition to avoiding gluten, to aide in healing the gut consider moderate use, if not avoidance, of alcohol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (like Ibuprofen and Naproxen.) Also, make sure you're eating plenty of fiber. Take a probiotic supplement (many of which we carry in the office). And follow an anti-inflammatory diet, including essential fatty acids like fish oil, and minus any gluten-containing foods, of course.

Fig. #1 - The Importance of the Gut: The presence of normally harmless and beneficial gut bacteria have an active effect on the immune response. The development of the immune system and the establishment of the gut lining membranes provide immunity protection both locally and at distant sites (blue arrows). The guts living organism’s also affects tissue damage, local and systemic immunity and metabolism, such as the in the case of, inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune arthritis, obesity and metabolic syndrome (red arrows).

Dr. Francine Lajoie is a skilled nutritional professional who can determine what specific additional supports you need and can offer personalized guidance to ensure your success. While a gluten free diet will ensure good long-term health, for those with Celiac and Gluten Sensitivity, repair of the current damage to the gut is an essential first step to recovery and good health.

North Adams Chiropractor | Celiac and Gluten Sensitivity. Dr. Francine Lajoie is a North Adams Chiropractor.