An autoimmune disease triggered by an abnormal immune response to gluten. The inflammatory response produced by this immune reaction primarily affects the small intestine. An estimated 1% of Western populations are affected.
Systemic conditions that appear as a result of coeliac disease include: fatigue, weight loss, diarrhoea, anaemia, osteoporosis and depression. These pathological changes are reversed after removing gluten from the diet. However, it can take several years to completely heal the structure and function of the gut after removing gluten from the diet.
Non-coeliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS):
This condition is neither autoimmune or allergic, yet leads to subjective symptoms similar to those seen in coeliac disease when gluten is consumed and occurs in 6% of the population.
This condition is characterised by negative antibodies and normal intestinal mucosa. The primary sign is improvement of symptoms on a gluten-free diet; without the presence of antibodies or signs of intestinal mucosa inflammation and disturbances.
This is less common that coeliac disease and non-coeliac gluten sensitivity. It affects around 0.1% of the population. Unlike coeliac disease, people with wheat allergy do not usually need to restrict other gluten-containing grains such as rye, barley and oats from their diet.
The symptoms of wheat allergy are more immediate reactions than the other 2 conditions previously mentioned; and include acute swelling of the face, skin, respiratory and gastrointestinal tract.
How can NDH help?
The team at Naturally Dynamic Health provide assistance and information on following gluten free diets and substitutes. Our treatment aim would look at reducing inflammation and repairing the intestinal tract, aid digestion and restoring the microbiome to enhance immunity leading to optimal health and well being.
Call our professional staff on 02 60210557.