Gluten Free Poop

June 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Celiac Disease Symptoms

Damsel in the Outhouse

Creative Commons License photo credit: jitze

 

As bizarre as a topic as this might be to you, your bowel movements are an extremely important part of your life and indicator of your health level.

On a gluten free diet, people with Celiac Disease have regular blissful bowel movements.

When you have Celiac Disease and you don’t know it, you continue to eat gluten-full foods and find yourself regularly constipated (like me), crapping only twice a week, or with diarrea and running like a leaky faucet (like my mom). Once you make the change to gluten free, you crap solid and regularly once or twice a day.

When I was sixteen and having a regular doctor’s checkup, I will never forget when I learned what a bowel movement was. My handsome doctor (who looked like Richard Gere and flirted with my mother in the room) tapped my knees with that rubber triangle thing and laughed at my kicking reflexes. “How are your bowel movements?” He asked me.

“Huh?” I asked. “What are bowel movements?”

I don’t remember what his medical answer was. It surely wasn’t “taking a shit or a crap or a poop,” but somehow he explained to me what bowel movements were in a professional manner. Feces… Excrement… Food that passes through your stomach and intestines to your bowels and then out of your body.

“I don’t know, fine, I guess,” I responded like a typical teenager. If you don’t know why a doctor is asking a question or what is the proper indicator of good health, it is impossible to answer the question with the kind of information a doctor would need to know that something is wrong.

The doctor didn’t probe further, for if he had, he would have found out how irregularly I had bowel movements.

Be aware that irregular or liquid bowel movements are a sign that something is wrong with you; it may not be Celiac Disease, but it is something.