Celiac disease is finally getting the attention it deserves, and is being taken seriously by more than just the 3,000,000 people affected by it. In a healthy body, the good bacteria (flora) overpower the bad bacteria (yeast) and keep the bad stuff in check. When somebody suffers from celiac disease, there is a yeast overgrowth in the digestive tract, which results in an overreaction by the immune system.
The immune system thus attacks the intestine as a response. Celiac disease is often referred to as gluten intolerance because the reaction is aggravated by many starchy, glutenous foods.
Signs and Symptoms of Celiac Disease
As this condition is caused by an overgrowth of Candida (yeast), some of the most common symptoms experienced by those suffering from Celiac Disease are listed below. Some persons may experience only a few, while others may suffer many.
- Allergies, intolerances and sensitivities that worsen in muggy, damp, or moldy places.
- Intolerance of perfumes, fumes, odors, cleaning agents, smoke, etc.
- Fungal infections on the nails or skin
- Dark or light patches on the skin
- Weight loss
- Diarrhea or Constipation
- Anxiety attacks
- Children may fail to thrive or have developmental delays
- Gas or flatulence
- Abdominal bloating
- Itching skin
- Feeling weak
- Restless sleep
- Rectal itching or rash
- Bladder, Kidney infections
- Shortness of breath
- Hoarse voice
- Vaginal itch, burning or persistent infections
- Sinus infections
- Cold hands or feet
- Joint pain or swelling
- Manic feelings
- Feeling spaced out
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Numbness, burning or tingling
- Memory loss
- Muscle aches
- White coating on the tongue
- Irregular or painful menstruation
- Heart palpitations
- Sick all over feeling
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Flu-like symptoms
- Spots in front of eyes
- Erratic vision
- Hair loss
- Intestinal gas
- Mucus in the stools
- Bad breath
- Dry mouth
- Sore or dry throat
- Nasal congestion
- Burning or itching eyes
- Asthmatic symptoms
- Ear aches
- Food allergies
Most of these symptoms occur because of malabsorption in the small intestine, and are due to the consequences of chronic loss of or inability of the body to absorb essential vitamins and minerals.
How to Cure Celiac Disease Naturally
To cure oneself of celiac disease, you must be able to repopulate the intestinal tract with the helpful flora. Not only will this allow for proper absorption of nutrients, but it will also inhibit the growth of yeast and the harmful attack by the immune system that follows. Therefore, the main foci of any treatment are as follows: suppress the candida overgrowth; stimulate healthy intestinal flora; and, stimulate repair of the intestine walls by preventing further attacks. Dietary changes and herbal supplements are your best bet for finding a lasting cure for this disease.
The first step is to kill the excess candida yeast. This will require stopping all hormone therapies (especially hormonal birth control), getting rid of mold (change environment if possible), avoiding soy products, avoiding table salt, and avoiding canola oil. Some items that should be added to your diet to help kill the harmful yeast include:
- Colloidal silver
- Grapefruit seed extract
- Cayenne pepper
- Extra-virgin cold-pressed coconut oil
- Oil of Oregano
- Baking soda (add 1 tsp to a glass of water — drink 2-3 times per day on empty stomach)
- Pau D`Arco
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Black Walnut
Next, you will need to start healing and repairing the intestinal tract. Some herbs that are great for this include licorice root and marshmallow root. Other natural repairing remedies include apple pectin, aloe vera, paprika, and dandelion. Taking probiotics or consuming yogurt on a regular basis (the kind without added sugar) will also help the healthy bacteria in your gut recover, and at the same time will kill off any bad bacteria.
Finally, you will need to make some drastic changes to your diet to help your body heal. Your diet will need to focus on organic fruits and vegetables as well as lean protein. Try to consume natural, pure lemonade or pineapple juice every day, as the natural minerals and sugars help balance the body’s pH and create an environment conducive to the growth of flora. Aim to eat a serving of yogurt every day to help your digestive tract find its natural balance.
Things to avoid
You will need to severely limit your sugar intake, which means you need to be reading the labels of nearly everything you eat. You also need to limit alcohol (especially beer, since it contains wheat and therefore gluten), mushrooms, caffeine, and yeast-rich foods. Try to avoid all potato-based foods and wheat products. Do not eat any under-water vegetation (such as seaweed).
Natural sweeteners are okay when necessary, but all artificial sweeteners need to be cut out of your diet. Avoid GMO products, canned, boxed, frozen, and processed foods as much as possible, and eat organic as often as you can.
Understand that curing celiac disease is a process, and as the yeast cultures die off and your body fights to regain its natural balance, you may go through periods of not feeling so great. But the grass is definitely greener on the other side, and once you cure yourself of celiac disease and know how to keep it at bay, your body will thank you.