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May Is Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Hello everyone! Those April showers sure did bring beautiful May flowers. I love the sweet smell in the air and the variety of flowers that are popping up everywhere! May also brings our attention to the most health observances of any given month (25 to be exact). I’ve highlighted just a few below, but to see the complete list visit: https://www.welcoa.org/health-observances/

  • American Stroke Month
  • Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
  • Better Sleep Month
  • Lyme Disease Awareness Month
  • National Arthritis Awareness Month
  • National Bike Month
  • National High Blood Pressure Education Month
  • National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
  • National Celiac Awareness Month

This month, I’d like to draw attention to Celiac Awareness Month. Celiac disease is an immune disorder where the body can’t tolerate gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, because it damages the inner lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing nutrients. The term “gluten-free” has gained a lot of attention lately; I’m seeing it labeled on a number of food and beverage items. Gluten can also occasionally be found in other products like vitamins, nutrient supplements, lip balms, and certain medications, so reading labels is key if you are avoiding gluten! Some symptoms of celiac disease might be stomach pain, bloating, constipation, gas, etc. If you feel you may have this condition, seek medical and nutritional advice from a trusted professional. To find out more about celiac disease, visit: http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/celiac-disease/celiac-disease-symptoms

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