I don’t know about you but I need SOMETHING in the middle of the day, to get me from breakfast to dinner. I find it hard to make it through the whole day without a mini-meal but when you’re busy writing or working on your website, who’s got time to stop and prepare something from scratch?
A. It all depends. Sports drinks or electrolyte drinks are effective at rehydrating as they contain lowish levels of sugars (sucrose plus glucose) combinesd with electrolytes (potassium, sodium and sometimes magnesium). This combination has been shown to enhance absorption of fluid INTO the body and is superior to drinking water alone.
Q. I have recently been diagnosed with coeliac disease. Could you tell me which specific foods to avoid?
A. Coeliac disease (pronounced seel-ee-ack) is the result of a permanent intolerance to gluten. If left untreated, it damages the delicate inner lining of the bowel preventing food from being digested and absorbed properly. Symptoms most often reported have been related to an ‘irritable bowel' - bloating and tummy pain, diarrhoea, weight loss and even vomiting.