What is celiac disease and how does it affect those who have it?
For those who may not know, celiac disease is a problem that some people have with foods that contain gluten. Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley. When people have this disease and eat foods containing gluten, the gluten triggers an unnatural immune response. This causes damage to the inside of the small intestine, which makes it difficult for the body to absorb nutrients from food.
The common side effects are bloating, gas, fatigue, low blood count, and osteoporosis. With all these problems that the disease brings along, it doesn’t seem to be the best way to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. For Lena, however, she took the negative, flipped it upside down, and turned it into a way of life.