Coeliac Disease

What is Coeliac Disease?

People with coeliac disease cannot tolerate a protein called gluten in wheat, rye, barley and possibly oats. Gluten damages the lining of the small intestine and also affects other parts of the body. In a person with coeliac disease, the immune system reacts to gluten. The lining of the small intestine becomes inflamed and damaged. Many tiny finger-like projections, called villi, line the inside wall of the small intestine. The villi on its surface are flattened, so food is not properly absorbed into the bloodstream. People are often lacking in iron, other minerals and certain vitamins when they are diagnosed with coeliac disease.

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How can Ingrid help you?

The treatment for coeliac disease is a gluten-free diet for life. You must avoid all gluten as even tiny amounts of gluten in your diet will prevent the small intestine from healing and damage will continue. The damage can occur without any symptoms and will delay your return to good health.

Ingrid will educate you on the foods to avoid, reading food labels, gluten free cooking, recipes and eating out.

Ingrid will work with you to develop a personalised eating plan.