Gluten intolerance (celiac disease) is thought to be a genetic disorder. Celiac disease is an autoimmune response to the presence of gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, as well as barley and rye. Eating gluten will cause the immune system to react with intestinal inflammation that can cause stomach pain and damage the lining of the small intestine, subsequently affecting how the body absorbs nutrients. Over time this can cause weight loss, bloating, and diarrhoea; but inevitably your body and vital organs will become deprived of nourishment. Celiac disease in children can affect growth and development.

The cause of celiac is unknown but there is believed to be a genetic predisposition. Yet being predisposed to developing celiac disease does not necessarily mean that the disease will occur. Celiac disease can be triggered or activated by periods of extreme stress, after surgery or childbirth, viral infection, or even severe emotions. Celiac disease symptoms are usually digestive and can manifest as diarrhoea, weight loss, constipation, and even obesity for some. Some other signs are anaemia, loss of bone density, itchy or blistery skin, dental enamel damage, headaches, joint pain, acid reflux or heartburn, and nervous system trouble such as numbness or tingling.

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