“I can see clearly now the rain is gone, I can see all obstacles in my way! Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind. It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day!” Johnny Nash.
~The proven benefits of going Gluten Free~
It has now been about a month since going Gluten/Wheat free and the results has been amazing.
Having dealt with constant aches and pain, headaches, ups and downs with blood sugars, little infections, little illnesses, sleeplessness, and thyroid symptoms, I can happily say that I am much better off now than I was one month ago.
Though I had stomach flu this past week and allergies that triggered due to construction work at work, I have overall been feeling better. I am losing weight. I can see more clearly as my eyes would become quite blurry at times. The ringing in my ears is dissipating. I have been able to reduce or eliminate some of my medicines. My stomach, while still a bit crampy at times, has tamed itself considerably, but best of all, the brain fog is lifting!!!!
For me, that is the best result of all. I still have momentary lapses but the fog that muddled my brain for school last quarter is lifting and I hope to be in tip top shape again before the next quarter starts in April. This is probably one of the greatest benefits of all.
My diet has been further restricted from more than just Gluten and Wheat. I’ve eliminated eggs, all dairy (including butter and yogurt replacing them with coconut oil and kombucha), soy, refined sugars, and all processed foods. I cook everything myself now. I also use organic chicken and grass fed beef when eating animal proteins, so you can imagine how sparingly I must eat that.
My diet consists primarily of good healthy produce, the meats mentioned above in moderation, lots of water to drink, kombucha for probiotics, and grain free (including oats for now).
I’ve cut all caffeine and all sodas replacing them with sparkling mineral water on occasion and herbal teas or hot lemon water when cold. I must say, after the storm of my body last week, it has calmed down considerably as of today.
And for the first time in 5 years, I ate a banana! A real banana! For some of you, it may seem quite trivial, but when you go through the storm and walk out the other side, it’s like seeing that first ray of sunshine! I could not eat them before as they would make my body spike.
I have been reading the book “Wheat belly” by William Davis, MD and I have been amazed by what I have learned. I will review the book more fully once finished, but through this book, he fully describes to the reader the catastrophic condition that wheat puts the human body, leading to diabetes, affecting celiac and autoimmune diseases of all kinds, cancer and worse (life with debilitating diseases).
According to Dr. William Davis, both wheat and dairy have addictive qualities, or “morphine-like compounds” that can cross over the blood-brain barrier and even affect mental health triggering an “opiate-like” addiction. On page 49 he even goes into how “opiate-blocking naloxone prevents the binding of wheat-derived exorphins to the brain.” (Davis, 2011) Exorphins give you a “high” of sorts, and there are detox symptoms when you go off of them. This I can attest to after the fact. As a layman, and one who has experienced it, I do recommend doing one at a time if you have to give up both, unless your doctor recommends differently. I actually gave up gluten, wheat, dairy, caffeine, and sodas all at the same time… Quite a challenge.
Anyway, back to the book. According to Dr. Davis, gluten elimination has even been able to help those with all manner of mental issues such as depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, and even Autism. Other affects have been to help in diabetic control, autoimmune diseases, skin issues and more! Wheat is actually addictive. So, the more you eat, the more you want. The more you want, the more you eat. The more you eat, the more you gain! In his opinion, “lose the wheat, lose the weight!”
This has been an amazingly educational book, with scientific fact, genetic information about wheat, and how everything is tied together. Happily, with the brain fog lifted, I can actually remember what I am reading now! 🙂 It has piqued my interest in science again and has my curiosity searching other resources.
After a month of being gluten/wheat free, I am beginning to feel like my old self again… something that I have missed greatly over the past year or two.
I feel as though I am rebuilding again… rediscovering… and recovering! To me, that is priceless!
Perhaps you do not have wheat or dairy allergies or other known medical conditions, but just for educational purposes, I would definitely suggest reading this book. It may explain a different aspect as to why you may feel the way you do, or why a loved one is going through some unexplained “mysterious” illness.
Research… Research… Research!!! It’s worth a shot!! Seriously… You’ll be glad you did!
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Until next time,
Happy Reading and Eating!