Antibiotics, as a medical solution, can cause a massive destruction of beneficial bacteria in the intestinal flora , so it is imperative to do everything possible to restore those ‘good’ bacteria in the body that help improve celiac disease.

Probiotics, also known as ‘friendly’ or ‘good’ bacteria, are essential for optimal health and have been shown to protect the body against a number of health conditions such as celiac disease . One of these conditions that can be prevented or even reversed with regular intake of probiotics is celiac disease.

Probiotics an effective solution for celiac disease

Celiac disease is a condition that refers to damage to the small intestine that prevents important parts of food that contribute to health from being properly absorbed.

Damage to the wall of the small intestine is a reaction from eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. If you consume gluten, while you are still with celiac disease, your immune system will attack the small intestine, leading to difficulty in absorbing nutrients. After reaching the point of developing celiac disease, you will have to follow a strict gluten-free diet.

Impact of probiotics on celiacs

A study that examined the impact of probiotics ingested by mouth on those with the development of celiac disease found that probiotics are actually a good solution to reverse the development of diseases. In their experiments, the researchers fed “Saccharomyces boulardi KK1”, a probiotic strain, to mice and found that:

The selected probiotic treatment reversed the development of diseases and will allow the study of the role that probiotics play as a new therapeutic approach to CD (celiac disease). Other PubMed study reports :

The deterioration of the intestinal barrier is a key event in several gastrointestinal diseases, including inflammatory bowel diseases, celiac disease, gastrointestinal infections, diarrhea and serious illnesses. Recent studies have shown that probiotic bacteria have beneficial effects in these diseases by effectively improving the function of the intestinal barrier.

Probiotics promote intestinal health in celiac disease

With at least 3 million Americans affected by celiac disease, the results highlight the benefits of probiotics and their positive effects on the disease. Each person’s body contains about 100 trillion bacteria, many of them ‘good’ bacteria and a few bad bacteria.

Good bacteria are crucial for a positive impact on countless illnesses including depression, metabolic syndrome and mental illness, bad bacteria have a place too – with the optimal ratio of reaching 85 percent ‘good’ bacteria and 15 percent of bad bacteria.

While those who suffer from inflammatory conditions like celiac disease, heart disease, or autoimmune diseases, it is imperative to limit grains in your diet if you want to see positive results with the use of probiotics.

Being highly pro-inflammatory, mainly pimples, it will render the anti-inflammatory aspects of probiotics useless. However, following a grain-free diet, consuming probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, or taking supplements should help reverse celiac disease, while at the same time promoting overall health.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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