Our immune system is a complex and intricate system that our health relies on. It is comprised of several different types of cells and substances. These work together to defend our body against infections and illnesses. From an early age our immune system learns the difference between which cells are “us” and which are not. When the immune system detects something foreign in the body it attacks and destroys it. But sometimes our immune system mistakes our own cells for foreign material. This results in the destruction of our own cells and leads to autoimmune disease. But what is autoimmune disease? Why does it happen? And is there anything we can do about it? [Read more…] about What is autoimmune disease?
Recent reports by YouGov and Mintel have found that in the UK people are buying an increasing amount of gluten-free foods. This is because many people now believe that gluten is bad for them. But what is gluten and should anyone avoid eating it?
Gluten is the general name for certain proteins in some cereal grains. These grains are wheat, rye, barley and triticale. While these grains are staples in the typical western diet, many people now avoid eating them. Manufacturers have caught on and are producing an increasing number of products to satisfy the demand for gluten-free. [Read more…] about What is gluten? And why do some people avoid eating it?