A gluten-free goal.
Enjoy Life’s gluten-free products are specially made to be enjoyed by those with Celiac Disease, an autoimmune condition triggered by the intake of gluten in genetically predisposed individuals. When gluten is eaten, the body does not recognize it as food and reacts as though it’s being invaded by a foreign substance. This causes damage to the small intestine, preventing the absorption of certain vital nutrients.
Once thought to be a rare disorder, Celiac Disease affects as many as 1 in 133 Americans. Symptoms vary in nature (including diarrhea, skin rashes and migraines) and severity. Gone untreated, Celiac Disease may result in osteoporosis, infertility and anemia. It also increases the likelihood of developing other autoimmune conditions and cancers of the gut. Celiac Disease is one of the most under-diagnosed health conditions today, often mislabeled as irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, ulcers and anxiety disorder. It can be properly diagnosed through a blood test and biopsy of the small intestine.
The only treatment for Celiac Disease is a strict gluten-free diet for life. Luckily there now are many tasty and nutritious gluten-free foods — like Enjoy Life products — that make it easier to eliminate gluten from one’s diet. Learn more about living a gluten-free lifestyle here. Talk to your primary care physician if you think you might have celiac disease. For information about Celiac Disease organizations, support groups and research centers, click here.
Did you know?
There are over 300 symptoms associated with the disease ranging from weight loss and constipation to depression and anemia. One of the many symptoms of Celiac Disease is called Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH), which manifests itself as a chronic, itchy skin rash.