Co-morbidities and chronic symptoms in celiac disease

It is well known that patients with celiac disease continue to experience symptoms of all kinds, and even co-existing diseases throughout the rest of their lives, even after adopting a gluten-free diet. Called co-morbidities in the medical literature, some of these conditions can actually be life-threatening.

Sadly, many take it as gospel that if you have celiac disease, you are destined to suffer in one capacity or another for the rest of your life. I honestly don’t believe it has to be this way.  I believe these chronic symptoms in celiac disease exist because celiacs aren’t completely healing their guts, and if they do heal their guts, it is likely that many of these conditions can be reversed or prevented from happening in the first place. I believe this same logic can be applied to non-celiacs as well, who may be experiencing continual symptoms even after adopting a gluten-free diet. Because as it turns out, going gluten-free is just not enough. Remember, as Hippocrates said, “all disease begins in the gut.” So healing your gut is of utmost importance!

So how do you go about healing your gut? This can be a lengthy and involved process for many. It is also individualized, meaning that no one formula works perfectly for everyone.  But there are some first steps that are applicable to anyone experiencing gut disorder and dysbiosis: adopt a completely grain-free diet,  and avoid most processed foods.  You will also want to take other inflammatory foods out of your diet, as well as work on steps to restore the functioning of the gut.

I explain more about how to fix your diet so it works for you, in my new book: GOING GLUTEN-FREE: 7 Surprising Facts You Should Know if You Want to Achieve Dietary Success.  You can also view my paleo recipes, to help you get started on your new diet.