Wheat? Gluten? Grains? What to do?
There’s a lot of press these days about eating wheat, gluten intolerance and grains in general. Anyone trying to sort it out may find it a bit overwhelming. How do you know if cutting out certain grains, particularly wheat, is best for you? Here are a few simple things to consider:
Dr. William Davis, author of the best-selling books, Wheat Belly and the Wheat Belly Cookbook is a major voice speaking out about the importance of eating as little grains as possible. Why? When he asked patients with diabetes to stop eating wheat products, numerous conditions improved or disappeared–noticeable weight loss results, reduced pain in joints, IBS symptoms relieved to name a few. Davis simply says, test it for 30 days and see what changes occur. You will know for yourself if it’s beneficial.
Dr. Amy Myers has developed a list of conditions that can be caused by gluten products. If patients have any of these conditions, she looks at the possibility of gluten as the cause.
Check the list and see if any of these are a match for you.
1. Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and even constipation. Even children can be affected by gluten with these conditions.
2. Keratosis Pilaris, (also known as ‘chicken skin’ on the back of your arms). This tends be as a result of a fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A deficiency secondary to fat-malabsorption caused by gluten damaging the gut.
3. Fatigue, brain fog or feeling tired after eating a meal that contains gluten.
4. Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis.
5. Neurologic symptoms such as dizziness or feeling of being off balance.
6. Hormone imbalances such as PMS, PCOS or unexplained infertility.
7. Migraine headaches.
8. Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. These diagnoses simply indicate your conventional doctor cannot pin point the cause of your fatigue or pain.
9. Inflammation, swelling or pain in your joints such as fingers, knees or hips.
10. Mood issues such as anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADD.
If any of the above conditions are something you haven’t been able to resolve, you may want to consider an elimination diet for a period of time. Gut health is a keystone to overall health and well being. Consider starting a program under the care of a holistic practitioner to monitor your own needs and assist you in overcoming personal challenges in balancing your system effectively.
Dr. Wendy Norman