The month of May is Celiac Awareness Month, a time to educate people about this chronic autoimmune disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. This month-long campaign aims to shed light on the challenges individuals face with celiac disease and promote understanding and support within the community.
What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disorder in which the ingestion of gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye) leads to damage in the small intestine. This damage can interfere with the absorption of nutrients from food, which can lead to a wide range of symptoms, including:
- Abdominal pain and bloating
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Skin rash (dermatitis herpetiformis)
- Joint pain
- Depression or anxiety
Gluten-Free Diet and Lifestyle
The only known treatment for celiac disease is a strict lifelong gluten-free diet. Exploring gluten-free alternatives, understanding food labeling, and adopting gluten-free cooking practices are essential for individuals with celiac disease. Additionally, supporting restaurants, manufacturers, and organizations that promote gluten-free options contributes to a more inclusive environment.
Celiac Awareness Month serves as a powerful reminder to educate ourselves and others about celiac disease, supporting those affected and fostering a more inclusive society. By utilizing the resources above, we can expand our knowledge, offer assistance, and create a supportive environment for individuals with celiac disease. Let us work together to spread awareness and understanding throughout the year, beyond the designated awareness month.
Lotus Cuisine of India is aware of this disease and we are pleased to say that we are one of the restaurants that serve gluten-free dishes and gluten-free beers too! Please inform our waiters if you have celiac or any food allergies and we will gladly adjust our ingredients for you.