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Do you have a gluten intolerance?

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Gluten intolerance seems to be a common problem amongst my clients. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, spelt, barley and rye.

Symptoms of gluten intolerance include bloating, diarrhoea, and constipation. However these often clear up once gluten is removed from the diet and gut health is improved. Gluten can then usually be slowly re-introduced into the diet.

A gluten intolerance is very different to coeliac disease which is an auto-immune disease and lifelong gluten intolerance. Some symptoms of coeliac disease are similar to gluten intolerance but many people also suffer from weight loss, bone pain, and mouth ulcers.

Going gluten free these days is not as hard as it used to be. Admittedly, some of the gluten free foods are not that tasty but there are now some fantastic gluten free ranges. There are also plenty of gluten free alternatives to wheat, rye and barley such as buckwheat (no relation to wheat), rice, millet, polenta, quinoa and amaranth. Oats are naturally gluten free however the vast majority of oats available are contaminated with gluten grains such as rye, wheat or barley. Some specialist suppliers sell uncontaminated oats – please note that not everyone with coeliac disease can tolerate them so consult your GP before trying them. Try www.spoff.co.uk for pure uncontaminated porridge oats.

If you suspect you have a gluten intolerance or have coeliac disease, contact us on 0845 0502442 or click here for more information.

Find out more about gluten intolerance and contact us to make an appointment at one of our London nutrition clinics.

Kim

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