What is the Best Test for Celiac Disease?

What is the Best Test for Celiac Disease?

Imagine all the health problems that could be avoided if only you knew earlier what was causing your indigestion, constipation, headaches, etc.

What is the Best Test for Celiac Disease?

One in 100 Canadians will be diagnosed with celiac disease, most not until their 50's, so imagine all the health problems that could be avoided if only they knew earlier what was causing their indigestion, constipation, headaches, psoriasis, anemia or other mysterious problems!

A celiac blood test costs $60 and can be requested from your family doctor. The difficulty is that you have to be eating gluten-containing foods for 4-8 weeks in order for it to show up on the test and many people already know that they don't do well with the gluten.

One alternative is to take an intolerance blood test which will indicate if you are intolerant or unable to digest gluten, as well as many other foods on the list. Our in-store practioner, Tania Heinemann who is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN, RHCP), is able to perform this test in the comforts of our store!

We have to be really careful in how we go about changing our diet in order to be successful sticking with it for the long term. Sometimes the effects of food sensitivities are so burdonsome it is only then that we can become convinced that we must change our eating habits for good. Tania suggests going slowly and taking lots of time to make changes.

Taking care to read the labels of "gluten-free" products will help to ensure you consume only those that are healthy! Some unreputable name brands use cheap ingredients, catering to what has become a fad in healthy eating but not really providing much nutrition. Rest assured, gluten free items at Healthy Foods & More are sourced responsibly.

Tania also reminds us that incorporating a diet rich in organic fruits and veggies, changing our eating habits to limit the carbohydrates and grain-based foods in moderation, and including probiotics which are so important to helping with digestion of all the foods we eat will all help for a great, more complete lifestyle.

Many thanks to Tania Heinemann, RHN, RHCP for this contribution.