Gluten, Exam Stress and Coeliac Disease
It’s that time of year – articles are everywhere on summer holidays and exams! We are all waiting for the “Leaving Cert weather” that breaks out at the start of June and roasts all the poor students who are taking one of the most stressful exams of their life. There are all kinds of tips about studying, relaxing, coping and eating when it comes to exams. Throwing coeliac disease into the mix can be one stress too many for some students. So we have some hints and tips on nutrition for exams – with a twist on making it all gluten free.
Coeliac disease is an auto-immune condition that is triggered by eating gluten. In the short term it can cause stomach cramps, diarrhoea and vomiting – none of which is helpful when you’re trying to sit an exam. Long term, coeliac disease can lead to anaemia, tiredness, migraine and depression. This is why it is so important for someone who is coeliac to strictly follow a gluten free diet – especially when exams are looming.