11 Chronic Health Problems Improved by Going Gluten Free 

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Great article I came across that highlights Eleven (11) Chronic Health Problems that can be improved and in some cases eliminated by going to a Gluten Free diet.  It’s amazing the impact that is being realized by Gluten in people’s diets and how it affects our health.

Right before Christmas I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder called interstitial cystitis. Most people know it as IC. It is a bladder disorder that causes extreme urinary pain. After diagnosis I was given a loooong list of foods that I should avoid. I started keeping a mental food diary and realized that gluten was causing all of the discomfort & chronic inflammation. This is what my stomach would look like most of the time (and what it looks like now if I accidentally ingest gluten). 
 
It’s been a little over 3 months since I went completely gluten free. I am very passionate about sharing with others because from everything I have learned gluten is bad for everyone and can masquerade as lots of other health conditions.  So, I want to share 11 chronic health problems that have drastically improved by removing  gluten from my diet. 
 
 

  1. Chronic Fatigue – OMG! I was always tired.. like all the time. It didn’t matter if I had coffee.. 1 cup or 4.. I was still exhausted! I didn’t matter if I slept 4 hours or 8.. still tired. That is probably the most important thing I have gotten back is my energy! It took 2-3 weeks to get over the “withdrawals”, but once I did, I felt like a new person.. ready to GO! 2.
  2. Chronic Depression – I’m pretty sure the depression was caused by the chronic fatigue. I mean how happy can you be, when you are too exhausted to get anything done? And when I say chronic I mean I think I have been put on every type of anti depressant that has been on the market..starting from the time I was 15. I am now completely off of all pharmaceutical medications! Hooray!! 3.
  3. Neck & Shoulder Pain -This was constant. I would go to the chiropractor on Monday for an adjustment & massage and by Wednesday I would need another massage. I could barely make it to my next appointment because I was hurting sooo bad all the time. Anytime I would see a massage therapist for the first time, he/she would always say “wow, you have the tightest muscles I have ever felt.” I spent over $3,000 last year managing the muscle pain. The pain went away within 2-3 days of being off of gluten. WOW! 4.
  4. Yeast Infections – Every woman out there that has dealt with chronic yeast infections can relate.. it sucks! You get one & they give you medicine that causes another infection and the vicious cycle continues. I am happy to say that this is no longer an issue for me.  Check out this article Diet for a Vaginal Yeast Infection . 5.
  5. Migraine Headaches – The crazy thing is that I didn’t even realize they were categorized as migraines because I was so used to having them. My head would pound and I was sensitive to sound and light. Thankfully those are a thing of the past. 6.
  6. Anxiety – I had terrible anxiety!! Sometimes it was so bad that I would avoid the phone and wouldn’t even answer to talk to family members. When you work with people, anxiety can be debilitating. Even more ironic was that I was prescribed xanax for my anxiety… turns out xanax contains gluten, so I was treating my anxiety with something that caused even more anxiety. Yikes! 7.
  7. Insomnia – I could never sleep! My mind would not shut off and when it would, the chronic muscle pain was so bad that it kept me from getting comfortable to sleep. 8.
  8. Night Sweats – Um, why was I having night sweats? Menopause is a good 15-20 years away and some nights I would wake up and the sheets would be soaked! I eventually figured out that I was having them on the nights where I had consumed a large amount of gluten during that day. Ick! 9.
  9. Snoring – My husband told me that I had been snoring. WHAT?! Again, I made the correlation that I was only snoring on the nights when I had eaten gluten that day. Apparently snoring is a symptom of an allergy… who knew?! 10.
  10. Clearer Skin/Dark Circles – I have noticed a huge improvement in the clarity of my skin. I have less breakouts and even my chronic dark circles seem to have lightened. For years and years I was told that my dark circles were genetic. 11.
  11. Brain Fog – Otherwise known as A.D.D. .. I know so many people that have this and guess what?! It’s caused by the garbage you are eating. I can not even begin to tell you how much more clearly I can think since cutting gluten from my diet! And my brain fog was really, really bad! I would forget the simplest things, became very easily overwhelmed and it really began to effect my daily life. 

I feel better than I have in my entire life & I am no longer suffering from debilitating pain! I just wish that I had figured out gluten was the culprit sooner! Here’s to being gluten free!! Cheers!! 

 

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