Coeliac Awareness Week
It’s Coeliac awareness week!
One in a hundred people in the UK live with coeliac disease – but there are many who are not even aware of its existence and many of these people may be suffering unexplained symptoms associated with it.
What is it?
It is a serious disease, where our body’s immune system attacks the tissues in the gut when we eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley and rye).
What are the symptoms?
These can range from very mild to very severe and can include: bloating, diarrhoea, nausea, wind, constipation, tiredness, mouth ulcers. Also in some cases, but not all, unexplained weight loss and anaemia.
It is often misdiagnosed as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) because of the way the symptoms affect the gut. There are other symptoms associated with coeliac disease and more information and help can be found at the Coeliac UK website.
What are the next steps?
When a diagnosis for coeliac disease has been made, the treatment is a gluten free diet. Awareness of the foodstuffs that are gluten free is essential to this. These include: all types of rice, potato, corn, meat, fish, eggs, cheese, milk, most yoghurts, fruits, vegetables, and pulses (peas, beans and lentils). With the help of doctors and dietician referrals, learning to manage the disease can become an easy process.
Help in understanding the disease will be given such as: learning about food labelling so that the correct choices can be made when food shopping; understanding about “cross contamination” so that cooking can be done safely at home; and understanding restaurant menu markings and knowing the questions to ask when ordering a meal. Many restaurants now have membership of the Coeliac UK’s Gluten Free(GF) accreditation scheme. A list of restaurants that have been recognised to cater for the needs of coeliacs and the symbol to look out for can also be found on the Coeliac UK website.
Where does NuGo Fit in?
NuGo products can help to maintain a coeliac diet by offering a tasty range of gluten free products as real alternatives to the other non-gluten free ranges. All NuGo products are gluten free. They are also free of any dairy, palm oil and GMO products and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Additionally, the NuGo Slim range is keto-genic with less than 3grms of sugar.
Just go to the website to see the many delicious items NuGo can offer! https://nugonutrition.co.uk/
Further information about coeliac disease can be found at: https://www.coeliac.org.uk/information-and-support/coeliac-disease/