May is Celiac Awareness Month! To kick it off, we want to spread some awareness about Celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease. When someone with Celiac eats even a crumb of gluten, it causes an immune reaction that damages the organ in your body called the small intestine. The small intestine has lots of small structures that look like fingers, called villi, which help the body to absorb nutrients. In someone with Celiac disease, gluten attacks the villi and causes them to become flattened or injured. When this happens, your body can’t absorb any nutrients and, over time, you can go on to develop some serious health issues, like infertility, neurological problems and even cancer. The good news is, once you go gluten free, your whole body will start to heal. The only treatment for Celiac disease is to not eat any gluten.
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