May is Celiac Awareness Month and Geefree is proud to celebrate with our Gluten-Free community!
Celiac Intolerance (or Disease) is a genetic autoimmune disorder that affects just under 1% of the US population, around 3 million people. Around 1 in every 133 Americans have Celiac Disease, though it may show up in varying degrees. For people with Celiac Disease, exposure to gluten damages the small intestine, which prevents the absorption of nutrients and can cause a wide range of adverse physical effects.
Celiac Disease varies in intensity from Silent to Minor to Major. People whose Celiac Intolerance is considered Silent might not even notice the symptoms of their intolerance. Individuals who face Minor intolerance on the other hand can experience indigestion, bloating, weight loss, and mild abdominal pain, to name a few. Finally, those who experience Major symptoms of celiac disease face stomach cramps, diarrhea, and muscle spasms - on top of any symptoms also experienced by Minor cases.
Celiac Awareness Month is a great time to celebrate the community while also acknowledging the considerable room we have for education and awareness. Of the 3 million Americans that are gluten-intolerant only about 5% are actually aware and/or diagnosed. On top of that, there are an additional 21 million Americans that experience mild Gluten Sensitivity who have no idea at all. This is why we encourage people who aren't diagnosed with Celiac Intolerance to try a Gluten-Free diet. Even just a few days of eating Gluten-Free can create meaningful changes in wellness for millions of people. Do you notice any positive changes after just 3 days of eating Gluten-Free? You might be Gluten-Sensitive, meaning that Celiac Awareness Month is for you, too!
Celiac Awareness Month highlights the work of the NFCA, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. The NFCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports research into Celiac Disease alongside support to the individuals that face Celiac Intolerance. If you want to support these efforts please consider donating your money, time, or energy to a Gluten-Free cause. Gluten-Free organizations are accepting donations in any amount, and in honor of the 1 in 133 Americans who have Celiac Intolerance, amounts of $11.33 or $133 are especially appreciated.
Take some time this month to learn more about Celiac Intolerance, in just 60 seconds this video explains many of the symptoms of Celiac Intolerance. Try out a gluten-free diet to see for yourself!