The Healthy Celiac Podcast

Can Gluten Cause Permanent Damage?

July 11, 2022 Belinda Whelan Season 1 Episode 66
The Healthy Celiac Podcast
Can Gluten Cause Permanent Damage?
Show Notes Transcript

If you have ever wondered if gluten is causing permanent damage, I am answering the question for you on today's episode.

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Okay. So a question that I have seen come up time and time again is, is gluten ingestion damage permanent. So is having gluten when you've got celiac disease causing permanent damage. Now there's kind of a yes or no to this answer, but basically what happens is when you have gluten and you have celiac disease, obviously you are causing damage to your body. We know this by the side effects and the, the way that we feel, we know that we are causing damage to our body. But the thing is, when we cut out gluten, our body does start to heal. Our body definitely likes to do the best that it can for us. And the way that we do that when we have celiac disease is to cut gluten out completely. So the VLI , which are the cells that line, the small intestine do not get permanently damaged when you have celiac disease. So what happens is those cells in the intestinal wool will regenerate every 72 hours, but that's, as long as you are not having any gluten exposure whatsoever. Now, the amount of time that it can take for the VII to heal , definitely depends on the person and how long you have had celiac disease. It can also , um, depend on how much damage has happened to your Vili . So let's just say, you've been living with celiac disease for say 10 years, but you haven't had a diagnosis and you've been eating gluten. You would have more damage done to your Vili than say, someone like myself who had my celiac disease triggered after I had my daughter. And then it was just over a year before I got a diagnosis. So I wasn't living with celiac disease and eating gluten for as long as some people. So my damage probably wasn't as bad as what some people's would be because they say that the average time that it takes for someone to get a diagnosis with celiac disease disease is actually 11 years. So for those people that have taken longer to get a diagnosis, then yes, their VLI probably is more damaged and will take longer to heal. But the good news is yes, it will heal, right? So, you know, there's, there's different factors as well that play into this. So like I said, the longer that you've had , um, celiac disease without a diagnosis and the longer you've been ingesting gluten, the longer it will take for your body to heal. And then obviously as well, you know, the way that you treat your body afterwards and ensure that you are eating a strict gluten-free diet and eating well and nourishing your body, all of those factors help as well. So I do have an episode where you can tune into I'll pop a link to it below, and it talks

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About how to heal your body after you've accidentally

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Had gluten.

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So,

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So do know that if you do accidentally have gluten, you know, it's not going to cause long term problems for you. If it happens very rarely.

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It's

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Those people that have gluten

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Regularly,

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You know, a lot of people

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With celiac disease

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Are not careful. And I'm guessing that's not you because you wouldn't be listening to this podcast. If you were careless. I think you are listening to this

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Because you care about your health and you care about your lifestyle

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And you wanna do the best that you can possibly do for your health .

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So I just wanted to answer that question

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About gluten damage and it not being permanent.

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So I

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Hope that helps because I know this keeps coming up for people and I wanted to put my little spin on that and help you with that

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Answer. So I will , like I said, I'll pop the link

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To the

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Other episode below. So you can have a listen to that

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And help you

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As well. If you

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Accidentally get gluten in the near future to help you recover

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Quicker. So super quick one for you guys today. So thank you for listening and I look forward to sharing more

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With you

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Next week, as always, if you have any questions or any ideas for a podcast episode, please be sure to send them through to me. You can do that via DM on Instagram. So I'm at the healthy celiac, or you can send me an email info, Belinda wheelin.com , and I'll be sure to respond to you there. All

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Right .

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Thanks so much. Take care.