How Emmerdale’s Jeff Hordley battles Secret disease and why he avoids coffee

At the time, Jeff was a drama student in Manchester and he said that he would sometimes feel so ill he “had to miss lectures because I was too tired.”

He even had to “drop out of my final year plays,” as the condition hit him hard.

Jeff revealed: “Even though I tried to avoid foods that upset my digestive system, such as coffee and Chinese takeaways, I was still sick and tired and I kept losing weight.”

At the time, Jeff was a drama student in Manchester and he said that he would sometimes feel so ill he “had to miss lectures because I was too tired.”

He even had to “drop out of my final year plays,” as the condition hit him hard.

Jeff revealed: “Even though I tried to avoid foods that upset my digestive system, such as coffee and Chinese takeaways, I was still sick and tired and I kept losing weight.”

He now finds that avoiding wheat, dairy, sugar and alcohol for short periods, have helped to keep the symptoms at bay.

Jeff avoids coffee completely and anything that contains monosodium glutamate (MSG).

This has led to Jeff no longer needing to take medication, as such, but he does take a number of alternatives to ensure he stays on top of the condition.

He now finds that avoiding wheat, dairy, sugar and alcohol for short periods, have helped to keep the symptoms at bay.

Jeff avoids coffee completely and anything that contains monosodium glutamate (MSG).

This has led to Jeff no longer needing to take medication, as such, but he does take a number of alternatives to ensure he stays on top of the condition.

Aloe vera juice is taken to ease his digestion and Jeff takes probiotics to restore the good bacteria in the gut.


The soap award winning actor has said that he also takes a supplement called simba, to help the immune system.