Exercise is an essential component to ensure optimal physical and mental well-being and becomes even more important when you are suffering from autoimmune conditions such as Coeliac Disease (CD). 🍞😓
CD is a lifelong condition that is affected by the consumption of gluten – which is typically found in wheat, barley, and rye. Gluten triggers an immune response in the small intestine in those with CD and damages the lining of the small intestine leading to malabsorption (the body’s inability to absorb nutrients).
It is important to always check in with your doctor before starting any exercise program as they can advise you personally – these are our top 5 benefits of weight training for CD:
⚖️ Weight Maintenance – It is not uncommon for those suffering with CD to either lose weight due to malabsorption or gain weight due to a diet rich in processed foods. In either case, weight training can help achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
💪 Get Stronger – Weight training strengthens not only your muscles but your bones also, which have become weakened by malnutrition associated with CD. It can help counter any risks of muscle loss or conditions such as osteoporosis.
❤️ Better Circulation – In the long term, weight training can improve blood circulation especially in relation to the digestive tract, which will help with healing any damage caused by CD.
🛌 Improve Sleep – Weight training results in less stress and tension which can improve your sleep quality and quantity.
😀 Improve Mood – Suffering from a long-term disease is mentally challenging, you will have your good days and bad days. Weight training helps with the release of endorphins (our happy hormone) which trigger positive feelings and reduce pain. Those who suffer with CD are at a higher risk of developing depression and other mood disorders, so a regular weight training regime can help reduce stress and anxiety and help to better handle the emotional and physical difficulties of CD.
Do you suffer from Coeliac Disease? Tell us below how exercise has benefited your condition. 👇