about against the grain

Against The Grain was created by Grace Minehan to raise awareness and support fellow Coeliacs with tips, advice and recipes that are just as good, if not better than the real thing.

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about coeliac disease 

Coeliac Disease is an auto-immune disorder. As a Coeliac, our body rejects proteins found in wheat (gluten), barley, rye and oats. When someone with CD eats foods containing these proteins, it has a significant effect on your small bowel. 

Gluten damages the villi hair within your small intestine, impacting the nutrients your body absorbs. It can take up to 6 months to reverse the impact gluten has on the small bowel and the only way for the villi to recover from this damage, is to stick to a strict gluten free diet, for life. 

Common Symptoms of Coeliac Disease

- Fatigue 

- Low iron levels 

- Mouth Ulcers

- Unexplained Infertility 

- Indigestion

- Nausea and Vomiting 

- Diarrhoea and Flatulence 

- Malnutrition

- Joint Pain

- Delayed Puberty 

- Skin Rash (Dermatitis Herpetiformis)

Being a Coeliac is hereditary, so individuals with a first degree relative (parent, child, sibling) have a 1 in 10 risk of developing Coeliac Disease. According to The Coeliac Society, 1 in 70 Australians have Coeliac Disease and 4 out of 5 remain undiagnosed. 

You can learn more about Coeliacs Disease Here.