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33 Reasons for Going Gluten-Free

by Richard Cawte

33 reasons to go gluten free

Over the coming weeks I’ll be writing a series of articles on gluten-intolerance and sensitivity. In case you’re thinking “that’s got nothing to do with me” take a look at this list of some of the conditions and diseases that can be attributed to gluten related issues.*

  1. Acid Reflux
  2. ADHD
  3. Alopecia (hair loss)
  4. Anaemia
  5. Anxiety
  6. Arthritis
  7. Asthma
  8. Auto-Immune Diseases
  9. Bloated stomach
  10. Cancer (particularly of bowel)
  11. Candida
  12. Coeliac
  13. Chronic Fatigue
  14. Constipation
  15. Crohn’s Disease
  16. Depression
  17. Diabetes
  18. Diarrhoea
  19. Digestion issues
  20. Eczema
  21. Fibromyalgia
  22. Irritable Bowel
  23. Joint Pain
  24. Leaky Gut
  25. Migraine
  26. Mouth Ulcers
  27. Psoriasis
  28. Psychological conditions (bi-polar/schizophrenia)
  29. Stomach Pain
  30. Thyroid (over/underactive)
  31. Ulcerative Colitis
  32. Vomiting
  33. Wind
*No single patient is likely to develop all the above as a result of being gluten-intolerant or insensitive and many of these symptoms can be created or exacerbated by other conditions.


NB This is just a partial list of conditions that can be caused by gluten intolerance. The full list is much longer and as more and more research is being done in this area, it grows almost by the week.

60 years ago no one was talking about Gluten intolerance, wheat intolerance or Coeliac Disease. Now, pretty much every restaurant and pub has a decent selection of “Gluten Free” meals and most supermarkets stock a wide range of Gluten-Free products (although I’ll be showing you later that many of these are NOT in fact gluten-free at all) for you to choose from. The question is: have we developed to become more intolerant of gluten, or are our methods of diagnosis improving?

In the coming weeks I’ll be hoping to answer that question, along with giving you some simple ways to a) detect whether you and/or others in your family are gluten intolerant and b) simple but delicious ways to enjoy a gluten-free life!




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