Explaining Coeliac Disease

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Explaining Coeliac Disease

by Urban Kitchen Foods
26th May 2018

You may have noticed that all of the soups in the Urban Kitchen range carry the gluten-free label. This means that they don’t contain wheat, barley, rye, or any other ingredients that contain gluten.

That’s an important point to make because there are many people who can’t eat gluten. In particular, those who have coeliac disease must avoid it entirely, else they’re likely to experience a range of distressing short-term symptoms as well as causing long-term damage to their bodies.

Even so, many people don’t understand this condition. They see our gluten-free soups as little more than a fad, when they actually provide a good alternative to those who have to avoid soups that contain gluten.

With that in mind, we’ve decided to take a closer look at the condition so that those who haven’t heard of it can understand it a little better.

How It Works

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition, which means that it’s essentially a fault in your immune system.

The condition causes your immune system to react whenever you eat gluten. Your body essentially treats the gluten as a virus or like some other foreign substance, which means that it takes whatever steps that it can to get rid of it.

That’s the opposite of how most people’s bodies react. Gluten is usually a benign substance that passes through your body without causing any ill effects.

If you have coeliac disease, eating gluten causes inflammation in your bowels. This is particularly focused in the small intestines. Constantly eating gluten means that you have constantly inflamed bowels.

This can cause a lot of discomfort in the short-term. The inflammation can lead to digestive distress, feelings of nausea, and an overall fogginess of the mind.

But that’s not the most worrying thing about the condition.

Coeliac disease also causes damage to your small intestines. The constant inflammation damages your intestinal wall. That’s important because it’s this wall that’s responsible for extracting all of the important nutrients that your body needs out of the food that you eat.

Any damage to your small intestinal wall means that your body doesn’t get what it needs out of your food. You can imagine the sort of damage that this causes. Important nutrients don’t get to the places where they’re needed, which can cause all sorts of long-term problems. Coeliac disease has links to growth-related conditions in children. Moreover, it’s thought that the condition can affect you cognitively if allowed to go untreated.

What is the Treatment?

Unfortunately, there’s no medical cure for coeliac disease. Once you’re diagnosed with the condition, you will have it for life.

The only treatment is to avoid the foods that cause inflammation and immune responses in the first place. That means avoiding anything that contains even the slightest trace of gluten.

That’s why it’s so important that the Urban Kitchen soup range contains no gluten. It’s not to fit into a fad diet. It’s to ensure that people who have gluten-related medical conditions have enough options in their diet to ensure that they eat healthily.