Should we all go Gluten-Free?

Should we all go Gluten-Free?

Sunday, 25 October 2015 12:03

Just got an email from a business client recently who asked the following;

Hi Mark,

Just wondering if I can ask you a question regarding Gluten…is it really that bad for you?

Do our bodies find it hard to digest gluten even if you are not gluten intolerant?

So in that case, is it best to avoid?

My reply was as follows;


Gluten in itself is not harmful or dangerous, but certain people can't digest it and thus have a reaction to it. 

This can certainly be harmful for them. Traditionally, this is known as Celiac disease, and these people should definitely avoid gluten.

More recently, many more people are becoming sensitive or somewhat intolerant to gluten (though I'm not really sure if it's gluten per se, or less than ideal digestive systems generally combined with the out of control processing of grains that gluten is in, particularly wheat.

Either way, I think many people can feel significantly better by reducing their intake of refined grains, particularly wheat (which tends to be the most highly processed) and generally go towards more gluten-free food especially when eating out. I myself, have gone in this direction, and do generally feel a bit better with gluten-free meals. Though as mentioned, I'm not sure whether this is due to the gluten itself, or other factors. 

As always, trying to eat foods in their 'natural state' as much as possible is ideal. 

Mark Bunn

Mark Bunn – is a leading natural health researcher specialising in Ayurvedic medicine, author of the three-time best-selling ‘Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health‘ and one of Australasia's most popular health and performance speakers.  Mark is also CEO of David Lynch Foundation Australia.