How To Tell If You Truly Are a Coeliac Candidate

Good weekend to you!  With another change in wind direction, weather and soon to be month and then season, its no wonder we are reeling from the speed of light this year has passed us by with.  As our lives become fuller, our perception of time becomes distorted.  Even a change in wind direction can create tension and irritability in some.  These are known as climacteric changes that our individual constitutions either work well with or not.  Have you ever noticed that some people love the wind, while others do what they can to shut away from it?  We are all very individual in how we respond to our environment and when it comes to our inner climate control center - your digestive system - this individuality is determined by our microbiome.

A healthy microbiome can successfully keep a number of genetic 'weather' forecasts from becoming a reportable news event when it comes to your medical check ups.  A unique bacterial profile, this newly discovered immune regulating 'organ' may be your most important ally if you are concerned about genetic health conditions.  Coeliac's disease is essentially a genetic autoimmune inflammatory gut condition that renders its sufferers unable to process the protein gluten commonly found in wheat, oats, barley and rye and in smaller amounts in triticale, durum, spelt and kamut.  When it is in full swing, the potential coeliac gut membrane has a lot of trouble absorbing nutrients once it has crossed the line and become sensitive to these foods.

Although a Coeliac patient is essentially born a Coeliac through genetic flaws, the expression of these genes may not happen for some time into the lifetime of that person.  Along the way, their immune system has been handling the inflammatory response that all people experience in the presence of gluten, but there comes that day, when one mouthful was just enough to tip the genetic scales.  There may have been some grumblings of irritable bowel syndrome along the way but nothing to raise the eyebrows of a gastroenterologist and prompt them to investigate through invasive gastroscopy examinations.  These tests don't determine once and for all the confirmation of Coeliac's but more a 1 in 4 likelihood of the markers presenting this possibility.  Many non Coeliac's patients with irritable bowel syndrome can show all the signs of gluten sensitivity with the exception of oats for example and yet still show some markers for Coeliac's during gastroscopy.  This can be most confusing but also, not helpful when getting to the bottom (pardon the pun) of the problem.

There is a definitive genetic test when considering ruling out Coeliac's disease in irritable bowel patients, which is relatively non invasive (simple blood test) and will determine once and for all if this condition is a consideration or not.  Once you have had the HLA DQ2 and DQ8 genetic test, and passed - you cannot develop Coeliac's disease according to current research.  Dr Sue Shepherd (discovered FODMAPS and developed the FODMAP diet) has determined that if you are irritable in the bowel, have ruled out Coeliac's via the HLA testing - you may find adopting the FODMAPS approach to food selection is the most successful bowel inflammation recovery diet currently available.

The healing of the gut membrane, tightening up of leaky gap junctions and correction of the bacteria in the gut wall if overlooked during the diet alteration phase, can be detrimental to the success of most gut repair programs, so it is important that if you do suspect you are suffering any irritability in the bowel, that you seek to address this as a first port of call and alongside your diet changes.  After all, there's no point asking a sieve to hold water if you don't plug up the holes!

Remember, all food sensitivities (not just Coeliac's) have an immune and inflammatory base to them which will potentially weaken your genetic system.  Don't let them drag on for years... you may need that immune system for something far more important later in life.