Celiac disease is a condition that impairs your body’s ability to break down foods containing gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Gluten damages the intestines and makes it hard for your body to absorb nutrients from food.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder which occur when the immune system malfunctions and attacks the body's own tissues and organs. Without a strict, lifelong gluten-free diet, inflammation resulting from immune system over activity may cause a wide variety of signs and symptoms involving many parts of the body.