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Gluten – the devil’s food or misunderstood? Gluten undoubtedly has a bad reputation, but does it deserve the slandering it gets? We asked respected natural therapist Angharad Evans to explain.

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What exactly is gluten?
Gluten is a natural protein found in foods such as bread, pasta, cracker, oats, processed meats such as sausage. It’s typically associated with baked goods and if you’re a keen baker, or an avid Bake Off fan, you’ll know that the volume of gluten within a loaf, really impacts the taste and texture.

So why do people have a problem with gluten?
Tasty baked goods aside, gluten can cause havoc to our digestive systems. People can experience symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, bowel problems, headaches, brain fog, tiredness, skin problems, panic attacks and unexplained weight loss.

Why are some people intolerant?
Celiac Disease is a debilitating auto immune condition. When a celiac digests gluten the immune system attacks the villi of the small intestine because it is mistaking the gluten as a foreign body. The villi can’t carry out their work of absorbing the nutrients from food. Which results in a whole host of horrible symptoms, making that tasty loaf, become more of a blocker to their wellbeing.

Having a gluten intolerance is different, as the resulting symptoms are very much milder in comparison to those living with Celiac Disease.

What is a gluten free diet?
It’s what it says on the tin, this diet involves the removal of gluten. For individuals living with Celiac Disease, or those who are have a gluten intolerance, omitting gluten is a sure way of avoiding debilitating symptoms.

Is it a good idea to follow a gluten free diet?
Do you feel good on the diet you’re eating now? Do you feel energised? Is your mind and concentration sharp and you’re not overweight? If so, carry on!

However, if you’re not feeling so good, then it may be worth looking at your diet. Is eating toast for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch and pasta for tea a typical day’s diet for you? If so, it may be worth reducing your gluten intake.

It’s also interesting to note that many people, when in France and eat bread from a patisserie, find that they do not have digestive issues. It may be worth reconsidering the quality of bread you’re eating?

Also, people find that cooking with white spelt flour is beneficial. People who feel uncomfortable after eating gluten often find that they can tolerate white spelt flour.

I increasingly find in my testing of clients who have ligament issues are also gluten intolerant.

Pets, especially dogs are very often gluten intolerant and pet food usually contains gluten. It may be an idea
to seek out gluten free pet food for your pet.

Angharad Evans is a successful natural therapy practitioner based in Penarth near Cardiff. She looks after clients right across the UK.

Natural Therapies by Angharad
07739 210291

Readers should always seek medical advice before making changes to diet or lifestyle. It is always sensible to consult your GP.

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If you practice in York or Yorkshire, we’d love to hear from you. There may be opportunities to work together. Please email Mark Roberts at mark@goodlifepublishing.co.uk


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