Gluten intolerance: Pre-disposing factors and hereditary risks

Celiac disease

The epidemic of celiac disease is becoming more apparent thanks to the research from the Academy of Finland’s Research Programme on Nutrition, Food and Health.

The research company, also known as ELVIRA, has studied and concluded that those who have an relative with celiac disease and a gluten intolerance carry a much higher risk of becoming intolerant themselves.

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There are certain genes linked to this possible autoimmune disorder, and these genes are related to the immune system itself as well as the reoccurrence of inflammation instead of being related to actual gluten in the tract itself.

Academy research stated that the genes may be connected with the onset of gluten intolerance, and could be linked with the immune system’s defense against viruses and ailments in general. Genes predisposed to the intolerance are very widespread and occur in many individuals.

Unfortunately, this only explains a minor aspect of why a gluten allergy – or celiac disease –  is inherited. Many times the celiac disease of gluten intolerance may show no symptoms at all, but become worse over time.

The only known treatment of celiac disease is a life-long gluten-free diet. While researchers are attempting to link the genetics and hereditary factors with celiac disease, there are some who say that the resulting overgrowth of yeast in the gut can be genetically determined – although it may be suppressed and “cured” with a specific nutritional diet.

HLA Gene Variants

If there is a person in your family who may have celiac disease and you question whether or not you have it, it’s possible to get a confirmation through a biopsy or a blood test that will confirm the HLA gene variants.

There are two variants including HLA-DQA1 and HLA-DQB1. These genes are essential the instruction givers for creating proteins in the immune system.  These two genes are scientifically named the “human leukocyte antigen complex.”

The proteins created by the two genes attach to each other to form a binding antigen that’s known as a DQAB heterodimer. This plays a part when the immune system recognizes something foreign, causing the immune system to trigger its response attack.

When a person is having a flare up of celiac disease, it’s because of the overgrowth of yeast over the intestinal tract’s flora, which stops the villi siphoning nutrients into the blood stream. Overall, the attack will produce inflammation, abdominal pain, bloating and more, as the immune system attempts to fight off the attack of the overgrown yeast – which is “caused” by wheat.

While studies show that not everyone who has specific variants of these genes has a gluten intolerance, there are other environmental factors that contribute to the gluten intolerance.

Those who have a parent or sibling with celiac disease (gluten intolerance) have a 4 to 15 percent chance of developing the disorder themselves. Yet even now the inheritance track or pattern is still mostly unknown. Researchers are trying to correlate eating habits with the suppression of yeast in the intestinal tract, hopefully leading to a dietary cure for celiacs.

Discovering Possible Ways of Curing a Gluten Intolerance

Over 3,000,000 people in the US alone have celiac disease and that number grows every year due to the exposure of genetically modified wheat.

While celiac disease can be more related to those with an autoimmune disease, and speculation states it cannot be cured, there are many holistic reports that say otherwise.

It all starts in the intestinal tract where there are microbes that cause trouble. While the better bacterial flora such as probitoics are well-known, there are harmful microorganisms – top among them being yeast. Read about yeast infection cures here.

These yeast microorganisms are called candida albicans. This bad microorganism can harm the intestinal tract by “overgrowing”. Those with celiac disease may have so much yeast overgrowing in their intestinal tract that the immune system begins to respond by attacking the intestinal tract.

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Celiac disease is a kind of bodily “panic response” which can be aggravated by genetically modified, cross-bred wheat.

Wheat triggers the hyper-immune response and aggravates the yeast in the intestinal tract. However, wheat and gluten related products aren’t the only ones that trigger this response.

When this happens, the person may feel like they are having gastrointestinal spasms and extreme pain. This is where the stomach ache comes from.

IS it actually an autoimmune disease?

Many studies suggest that celiac disease is not actually an autoimmune disorder, and it’s incorrectly labeled at such. This is because the immune system works just fine, trying to protect the body from a “war” ….

What exactly is attacked during the reaction?

While the intestinal tract “hosts” a war between flora and yeast, there is one area in particular that is attacked during a gluten irritation. This area is known as the villi. These are hair-like “spikes” or projections lined all along the small intestine. They transmit and direct nutrients into the blood stream. Without villi, the body wouldn’t be able to absorb protein, carbohydrates, fats, minerals and vitamins, no matter how much of it is consumed.

How can you cure celiac disease?

After such an infection, yeast cells (check out home remedies for yeast infection here) overtake the flora and irritation begins; this is when the autoimmune system attacks. So what can be done? Curing celiac disease starts with the repopulation of healthy balanced flora in the intestinal tract. This allows the gut to absorb nutrients. When nutrients are absorbed, the yeast then becomes starved; much like a fire when it is deprived of oxygen.

Even if the celiac patient eats lots of food, the overgrowth of yeast can keep their body malnourished because the villi cannot transmit the nutrients into the bloodstream. The three basic strategies for curing celiac disease are:

• The suppression of yeast overgrowth
• The stimulation of healthy intestinal flora
• The stimulation of intestinal repair

These can be accomplished through new herbal supplements and intakes as well as nutritional changes that help stimulate health and repair.