Has anyone every tried a gluten free diet? I’m interested in it because I hear gluten can cause inflammation in the brain, and cause brain fog.
I am interested in trying it to see if there are any cognitive benefits (sharper mind, no more fumbling for words, more creativity, etc)
Any input from experienced gluten stoppers is appreciated.
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Gluten does a number of things to the body, including inflammation (to the brain, digestive system, etc.) which leads to NUMEROUS other problems (cardiac, digestive disorders, allergies, hormonal imbalances, metabolic imbalances, etc.)
Personally, I decided to go gluten free, only because my body doesn’t react well with wheat, and I have found a lot of positive things that have come with this transition.
It definitely brings a clearer mind! But beware, avoiding gluten can lead to avoiding carbs in general, so be sure to eat brown rice, oats, quinoa, amaranth, starchy vegetables, etc. so you can get the carbohydrates in. Otherwise, your brain and your whole body cannot function probably (contrary to the low carb diets– super unhealthy!!)
You will be able to digest things a lot easier. Avoiding gluten usually leads you to avoid a lot of processed foods or unhealthy foods (like pastries, heavy pasta dishes, etc.) that our body has a hard time metabolizing and processing. You will find yourself more in-tune with the things you eat which will lead yourself to making better/healthier decisions. This helps you with feeling less sluggish AKA “brain fog”.
I don’t know whether its the fact that I avoided gluten, or that I started eating healthier, or both, that made my skin/nails/hair a lot healthier as well.
Might I add, don’t go out and buy “gluten free” cereals, cookies, bread, etc. Those are usually not very good for you, and taste a lot like cardboard. Just continue eating most things you usually do, but substitute rice instead of the bread or pasta. It’s a lot easier once you get into it and notice the results!
Hope this helped :)
I’ve been eating gluten free for a while now. Ever since I was a little I would get stomach ache if I ate too much. And since then the symptoms have increasingly gotten worse. Haven’t been tested for celiac and I don’t really care to, as seeing the difference with not eating it is enough for me. I’m gonna go ahead and write a list of symptoms eating gluten has produced. Now I don’t get these all at once and over the past decade I’ve had various different combinations, which is why it took me so long to realise what it was, and unfortunately my Dr couldn’t figure it out, often testing me for thyroid problems or diabetes. These lovely symptoms include;
Headaches, dry mouth, sweating, extreme tiredness, water retention, high blood pressure, upset stomach, sever cramping (all over my body), extreme depression (like cant get out of bed depression…thought I was bi-polar for a while), water blisters, and other skin irritations.
The one thing which I hadn’t attributed to gluten was joint pain, as I’d had joint pain for pretty much as long as I can remember so I was amazed and overjoyed to find that disappeared too. My energy levels have improved vastly too.
I think a lot of people think eating gluten free is a fad diet. But I highly recommend anyone try it…especially if you find yourself lacking energy, or suffering from any random symptoms you can’t put your finger on. It’s really not all that hard, although I am lucky that in the UK gluten free is getting easier to come by and it tastes good!
But yeah can’t praise gluten free enough…it has made my life considerably better!
@redpuck26, Hey!!! I have been gluten free for three years. My sister had INTENSE brain fog, and while she has trouble going off gluten, whenever she does she says she feels great. If you need any tips, advice, stories, anything, I’m your girl. And yes, it makes you sharper. It takes about 3 weeks to get ALL traces of gluten out of your system, so try it for that long, see how you feel. =]
@donjaime23, no celiac’s disease, and Ive been throwing gluten down my face my whole life. I have just come across a fair amount of research that indicates exactly what everyone above has mentioned. I wanted to try it as an experiment and see what happens.
Gluten free bread/toasted is delicious by the way. I hope that it isn’t “bad for you” like @indiwouldgo points out. If it’s fine, gluten free is not a difficult diet whatsoever.
-Just don’t move in with any italian chefs (which I just did) unless you enjoy a challenge
@redpuck26 Yes, I’m on a gluten free diet. I originally heard about it through ‘The Primal Blueprint’ by Mark Sisson — a book on the primal/paleo diet and lifestyle.
Once I went on it, a lot of miraculous things happened:
1. No more migraines and acid reflux. I’ve had them my entire life and was on specific medication, but they only covered up the symptoms. Once I went GF, these disappeared instantly.
2. Energy. You start to burn fat instead of carbs, and it feels good. Once you go below 50grams of carbs a day you go into a state called ketosis — you’re brain starts producing ketones as a source of energy. Not only is this highly efficient, but it feels fucking AMAZING. Like you’re high on weed, but without the mental fog. It’s sweet.
3. A better understanding of how certain foods affect you. Since I cut out gluten, I now know what happens when I do eat gluten. I get bloated, get depressed, and get a headache. This effect was building up in my body over time, and now it’s gone. Sweet. You can figure out if your sensitive (not necessarily celiac’s, but there are different levels) by cutting gluten out for 30 days, then reintroducing and see what happens. You may not be sensitive, but up to 30% of people are.
I highly recommend researching it further: I wrote a whole article on this back in May — http://www.maxcnash.com/2012/05/31/live-to-eat-or-eat-to-live-a-3-step-process-to-reclaiming-your-health/
Let me know if you have any questions :)
http://www.marksdailyapple.com go paleo you wont regret it. Body composition changes, everything becomes better and you maximize your potential. All it takes is will power to give up the grains once and for all. Mark Sisson is great though I highly recommend the site.