Do You Think a Gluten-Free Diet Is All You Need to Suppress Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease triggered by the consumption of gluten-containing foods. From my experience, its known that the conventional approach for celiac disease is a lifelong gluten-free diet. However, recent research has demonstrated that a gluten-free diet may not be enough to prevent many complications associated with this disease.

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Many people with celiac disease have a significant improvement removing gluten from their diet. However, seven to thirty percent of people continue to have symptoms of celiac disease despite a gluten-free diet. (1) So many studies have looked at the effect of non-gluten proteins and celiac disease. An all-too-common contributor to non-responsive celiac disease is cross-reactivity with other foods. From my experience, I understand that antibody cross-reactivity between different foods or between food and aeroallergens, such as trees and grasses, occurs much more readily than clinically evident cross-reactivity. In addition, a recent study demonstrated that celiac disease patients had significantly higher levels of antibody reactivity to non-gluten proteins than healthy controls. (2)

I have read a lot of controversy whether oats should be avoided for people with celiac disease because they contain proteins called avenins, which are similar to gluten. Recent research that was conducted in a 10-year study revealed that oat consumption triggered an immune response in eight percent of the 73 participants with celiac disease. Assessing gluten-associated cross-reactive foods is essential for people with gluten sensitivity and celiac disease since they are sensitized to a broad range of dietary proteins due to enzyme dysfunction, villi damage and other disorders. (3)

What Is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is a common hereditary inflammatory disorder, affecting a significant amount of people worldwide. From my experience, the culprit is always gluten, a protein that is found in the most commonly consumed grains, such as wheat, rye, or barley, leading to an autoimmune reaction of the body. By perceiving this foreign protein as a threat, an immune response is generated by the immune system, causing inflammation of the small intestine, eventually making nutrient absorption difficult, if not impossible. (4)

From my experience, the consequence is usually devastating. Digestive health is impacted and if left undiagnosed and untreated, the disease could lead to various other serious disorders, such as neurological problems, anemia, osteoporosis, mood disorders, multiple vitamin deficiencies, or even infertility. I strongly advice clients on the importance of finding out about this complex disease as early as possible in order to avoid the development of additional health-damaging problems. This prompted my decision to offer a complimentary 20-minute phone consultation to help you learn more about this disease. Please CONTACT me to schedule a FREE Autoimmune consultation right away.

Why Mor's Nutrition & More?

Too often, people think of “wellness” in temporary terms. They want to work with doctors and take short-term steps, like medication, to improve annoying symptoms but never deal with unhealthy routines and lifestyle choices that created the illness in the first place.

After years of seeing this happen with individuals like you, Chen Ben Asher opened a functional and integrative nutritional clinic that not only helps people improve their overall wellness and health, but also give them the tools and coaching to successfully continue their journey for the rest of their lives.​

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Symptoms of Celiac Disease

I understand that many people don’t experience noticeable symptoms early on, and even when these symptoms emerge, they may not give accurate information about the disease and its severity. I have seen possibly hundreds of associated symptoms but, the most common ones typically are:

With the fact that celiac disease causes the small intestine’s inability to absorb nutrients, children with it also suffer from nutrient deficiency. This deficiency can lead to short stature as they lack the sustenance needed for proper growth, delayed puberty, weight loss, and damage to tooth enamel. (5)

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Here Is Functional Medicine Approach to Celiac Disease

As a certified functional medicine professional, I recommend a personalized approach to managing autoimmune diseases and Celiac disease is no exception. Even though there has not been any official cure for this disorder, there are so many ways you can manage these symptoms and strengthen your immune system to prevent the disease from extending to a more complex disease. (6) During your complementary consultation, I will focus majorly on personalized plan that works best for you. The plan would include a lifestyle modifications geared towards optimizing your health. Here are few steps I recommend for my clients prior to creating a personalized plan:

Remove Gluten Totally from Your Diet

Avoiding gluten consumption altogether is the foundation to prevent triggering the symptoms of celiac disease. Instead of wheat, barley, and rye, you can instead choose quinoa, buckwheat, and brown rice, which are healthier gluten-free alternatives. (7)

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Consume More Fruits and Vegetables

Do you know that you can strengthen your immune system by incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet? The vitamins and minerals in these foods would help restore your cells from nutrient deficiency.

Always Go for Healthy Fats

Do you know that you can get the omega-3 fats your body needs from flaxseeds, walnuts, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, and almonds? Also, ensure you incorporate coconut oil or virgin olive oil when cooking. (8)

Manage Stress Properly

From experience, I noticed that stress is a bigger contributing factor to triggering the symptoms of celiac disease than most people will every imagine. Mental and emotional drainage could induce aggravation of symptoms when you least expect it.


I understand that in most autoimmune diseases, there are multiple triggers that chronically stimulate the immune system over a long period of time in multiple ways. As a result, the immune system gets into an overburdened state and loses its ability to function properly. Lifestyle choices and environmental exposures filtered through genetic predisposition are the fundamental factors in the expression of disease, and a successful treatment approach must address these factors. This is why during the FREE consultation, I start by assess nutrient status and gastrointestinal function of my clients to understand the root cause of these diseases.

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Take The Next Step and Schedule Today

Do you know that so many people living with Celiac Disease have either not been diagnosed or are still struggling with chronic symptoms despite a strict gluten-free diet? You could take charge of your health today with a FREE 20-minute phone consultation. We will identify the key areas that need support and give necessary support to show what needs to be done uniquely for your case. Please CONTACT me to schedule a FREE 20-minute phone consultation if you or your loved ones are seeking relief from autoimmune-related issues. Chen Ben Asher will give you her best care recommendations and and give recommendations based on what’s happening inside your body on a cellular level, in a bid to achieve optimum results. Be rest assured that no stone will be left unturned as we look for the root cause!

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Working With A Functional Nutritionist

Functional Nutrition provides a personalized, holistic, and integrative approach towards better health, healing, relief, and well-being.

The process typically starts with a comprehensive initial evaluation that includes a review of your individual medical history as well as any necessary lab work such as food allergy testing. We also learn your current eating and lifestyle habits so we can optimize them and reduce any negative impact these choices might have on your health.

 Once your needs and current nutritional support and lifestyle are understood, the process of nutritional consulting includes everything from food and cooking recommendations to education on why certain foods and nutrients are helpful or harmful. We also discuss functional and targeted supplementation where needed.

We take a practical approach to our work. It does not help you to give you recommendations that don’t work for you or aren’t realistic with your schedule and obligations.

We offer a coaching component to make sure you have all the emotional support and encouragement you need to believe in and make the choices that will promote health and healing within your body.

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Take The First Step On Your Journey & Win Your Health

Perhaps you have questions you’d like to ask before you make a decision to become a client. Our client coordinator is standing by, happy to answer any questions you have to determine if Mor’s Nutrition & More is right for you.

If you or your loved ones might be suffering from gut related issues, please contact me to schedule a complimentary 20-minute phone consultation. I can help you find relief—even if you've tried most traditional solutions.

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  • Comprehensive Personal Nutrition Consultation & Coaching
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  • Nutritional Supplements & Supplement Guidance
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Every program is different, but a typical client might expect the following:

  • Comprehensive Intake
  • Diet & Nutritional Evaluation 
  • Medical History & Family History Review
  • Medication & Food Supplements Review
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  • Food Shopping Guidance
  • Cooking & Food Preparation Guidance
  • Herbs & Food Supplements
  • Weekly or Bi-Weekly Sessions
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