Constipation, Celiac Disease, and Gluten Intolerance: Understanding the Link

Chronic constipation isn’t just uncomfortable—it’s can be a serious health condition. If you are suffering from this condition and haven’t been able to pinpoint the medical cause yet, I recommend setting up an appointment with your doctor to get tested for celiac disease or a food sensitivity, especially to gluten or casein, right away.

How does celiac disease and gluten sensitivity cause constipation? Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease caused by gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. The disease works by the body attacking its own villi, the finger-like structures that line the small intestine, inhibiting proper absorption of nutrients.

The most important thing for you to focus on if you have celiac disease is to totally eliminate gluten from your diet, but there are other natural ways to ease constipation as well. After all, after cutting out gluten, it will take a while before your body heals properly and you recover from your symptoms. Also, do keep in mind a number of the gluten-free baked goods are not high in fiber and emphasize taste.

It is suggested to drink a lot of water throughout the day and eat a diet rich in gluten-free, high-fiber foods. Have a large glass of warm water with a natural fiber supplement as well as a supplement containing slippery elm bark, flax seed, and L-Glutamine (or just glutamine). A probiotics supplement should also be taken, then a flax oil supplement later in the day. Finally, it is suggested to get plenty of exercise, every day if possible. Consult a medical professional before making changes to your diet.

Tina Turbin


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8 thoughts on “Constipation, Celiac Disease, and Gluten Intolerance: Understanding the Link

  1. What a fun picture this is! Super cute! Makes constipation not sound quite as unpleasant and taboo as it usually is.

  2. Funny but I didn’t have a problem with this until I was actually on the gluten free diet. I just wasn’t getting enough fiber, eating lots of processed foods like chips, crackers, pastas, and breads–without gluten of course and certainly without fiber. I changed my diet totally and began eating lots of salads and drinking extra water (I already though I drank a decent amount but my doctor urged me to drink more). Within a few weeks, constipation was no longer an issue.

  3. This is exactly the issue that drove me to my doctors originally and eventually I ended up with a CD diagnosis. It took a while (2 years!), but finally after a few months it was much better. I had the most horrific cramps associated with my constipation, too. It was not fun at all!

  4. OMG what a cute pic! Oh my poor Steven (all grown up–now 15 years old, can’t believe it!) used to have the worst constipation ever when he was younger and we just couldn’t get a celiac diagnosis until just a couple years ago. Still, since I have celiac disease and my mom too I figured it was gluten that was causing it, so I put him on a gluten free diet anyway and it truly made a difference within just a week! It’s hard enough to go potty when you’re a little guy–just imagine having constipation too!

  5. Glad you’re talking about this issue because I know countless celiacs with constipation, even after the gf diet switch because they don’t have the right kind of gf diet of whole foods and fiber-rich fruits and vegetables. Stop eating just meat and gluten free pasta and gluten free bread–eat salads every day, people! It will help!

  6. I’m glad you’re bringing awareness to this because I have found that people tend to regard constipation as something annoying, but really it is terrible for your body to have a problem with this and also it’s a sign that there could be something serious going on!

  7. Thanks for this piece. I really love the last paragraph there where you go into specific nutritional recommendations. I just want to recommend drinking tons of water and also…prune juice…yes, I swear. Works like a charm, and if you mix it with seltzer water it tastes like a delicious prune soda lol!

  8. Yeah lots of water is good. Just drinking the amount of water you’re actually supposed to drink is amazing in terms of what it can do for you. Not just with regard to constipation but with other issues as well.

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