WTW? (What The Wheat?)

If you know me well or have seen me in the clinic, you know that I never suggest or subscribe to a one size fits all mentality for myself or my patients. I actually can’t stand when media highlights the latest ‘magic bullet’ or ‘miracle diet’ that will fix all ailments related to your heart, brain, and belly. This doesn’t exist. If you go on a 10-day detox and eliminate all possible allergens but still think negative thoughts and stay up late watching brain draining reality shows or stress-inducing news, your hard work is futile.

So naturally when gluten-free became a fad, I was skeptical. My friend cut gluten from her diet after taking a food allergy test and her results were significant. She lost weight, had less brain fog, more energy, looked younger, better labs and was just overall healthier. That was about five years ago. She sticks to her guns and feels better than she has in years.

Since then, so much has come out about gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, ideal protein, etc. Here’s what I know: Archeologists found teeth prior to introduction of grains that did not have tooth decay. That the number of chromosomes that make up wheat have increased over the centuries. That anecdotally if you remove carbohydrates in form of grains from people with diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease and cancer, they feel better, have more energy, get improved lab results and often reverse a few of those diseases. Grains do breakdown into seemingly indigestible sugars and sugars, we know, are the devil. Like I’ve said before, sugars light up the same part of the brain that heroin and cocaine do.  We also know that cancer cells have 10 times the number of insulin receptors (insulin is produced in response to sugar in our body) in comparison to healthy cells.

There is so much out there it’s really hard to keep up. But here is the thing, I don’t want you to keep up. If you want to be healthy, you have to listen to your body and stop depending on me or a pill to fix how you feel. If you have joint pain but don’t have osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis or any other lab/x-ray diagnosable disease, try cutting grains from your diet. Maybe apply some Panaway essential oil or take a long 45-minute walk in nature.

What are some symptoms/disease that may be caused by grains?

GI issues: constipation (yes though you’ve been taught the opposite), diarrhea, bloating, gas

Brain issues: mood changes, depression, anxiety, brain fog, ADD, ADHD, schizophrenia hallucinations, numbness and tingling in extremities

Skin issues: eczema, acne, abscesses or recurrent skin infections

Musculoskeletal: joint pain, muscle pain, back pain

So if you want to figure out if grains are the culprit for some of your symptoms or part of your disease, try a grain-free challenge. Check out these blogs for some step-by-step instructions or go online and create your own. Let me know what you find!

http://deliciouslyorganic.net/category/index-categories/30-day-grain-free-challenge/

http://realfoodforager.com/5-reasons-for-my-28-day-grain-free-challenge/

 

¿Qué hay con el trigo?

Si me conocen bien, o si me han visto en la clínica, entonces saben que yo no doy sugerencias  ni me adhiero a la mentalidad que cualquier cosa que surge es buena para mí o para mis pacientes. Yo personalmente detesto cuando algo se promueve como un “elixir mágico” o una dieta milagros que va a aliviar un sinnúmero de enfermedades relacionadas al corazón, al cerebro, o a la barriga.  Eso no existe.  Si ustedes se embarcan en un régimen de 10 días para desintoxicarse y eliminan todas las posibles sustancias que causan alergias pero continúan albergando pensamientos negativos y se desvelan mirando programas basados en la vida real o mirando las noticias que les causan estrés, entonces su trabajo será en vano.

Consecuentemente, cuando surge la moda de comidas sin gluten, yo me sentí escéptica, pero al ver a una amiga que eliminó el gluten de su dieta después de haberse hecho unos exámenes para descubrir sus alergias, vi que los resultados eran significativos; ella perdió peso, sintió mayor claridad cerebral, más energía, lucía más joven, sus exámenes de laboratorio eran mejores y se sintió más saludable en general. De eso hace como cinco  años y ella continúa con su dieta sintiéndose mejor que nunca.

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