Weeding Out Wheat – Changes & Improvements

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It’s been about 2 months since I removed wheat from my diet.  I wrote last month about the initial changes to my health which included some weight loss and some improvements to my overall digestive health.   I find that wheat will instantly give me an unsettled stomach, and also appears to irritate my digestive tract.  As soon as I stopped wheat, the discomfort disappeared almost immediately.

Although I haven’t been 100% perfect, I’ve mostly ditched wheat from my diet completely, and the improvements have been enough to keep me motivated to continue.  I’ve read Weeding Out Wheat’ a number of times now, and continue to glean plenty from Luke and Trisha’s insight.  I’m finding it’s helping hugely in the transition.

Improvements

Although the improvements are ever so slight, I appear to be absorbing more minerals and nutrients than I was previously.  Here’s how I know:

  • My dry skin has improved.
  • A little curl has returned to my hair (it went straight after a couple of years overseas, which included a stint eating the standard American diet over a decade ago).
  • My digestive health has definitely improved.
  • My foggy head has mostly cleared (the rest of the foggy head is just plain Mummy tiredness)
  • I even appear to be having more rested sleep.  That was something a little unexpected, but a very welcome change!

I’ve has some issues with my teeth in the last couple of years, which from extensive reading, I’ve attributed to a number of interlocking factors: compromised gut health, significant drain on the nutrients in my body (5 years of straight pregnancy and breastfeeding, and still counting), and the subsequent demineralisation of my teeth. 

Although I haven’t reversed the tooth decay yet, I appear to have at least stopped it from spreading any further.   My holistic dentist has said previously I have very good oral hygiene, no plaque, but very acidic saliva. I’ve been putting organic, high nutrient-dense foods into my body for years, including fresh green juice, and finally it’s starting to get where it needs to.

Acid/Alkaline Balance

I’ve been testing the ph of my saliva for about a year, in an attempt to monitor the acid/alkaline balance, and have consistently been getting a more acidic result than what I would like**.  After just a couple of weeks of dropping wheat, my saliva was showing a neutral ph.  Very encouraging!

Let me attempt to explain what I believe the connection to be.  (I realise not everyone in the health and wellness field agrees on this area, but I can only speak out of my own experience thus far).

The main causes of a high acidic ph test result are: too much acid-forming food (eg. meat, sugar, alcohol, coffee, grains), too much phosphorus and too little calcium, long periods of stress, and some medications (one of my sources here).

Many experts recommend maintaining a balance of 20% acidic foods to 80% alkaline foods.  This is a good starting place if you’re looking to improve your health and don’t know where to start.  There are many lists online that will help you in determining which side the different foods fall.

I’ve also read in places of the need to obtain twice as much calcium to phosphorus for optimal health.  If you’re not eating organic food, you are likely getting significantly more phosphorus due to the use of superphosphate fertiliser on crops.  Phosphorus is an acidic mineral, while calcium is a mineral that neutralises acid.

So What’s All This Got To Do With Wheat?

Weeding Out Wheat explains the anti-nutrients in wheat (gluten, lectins, and phytates) disrupt and interfere with my body’s ability to absorb nutrients.

It is suggested that some doctors and researchers suspect everyone suffers from at least a small degree of gluten sensitivity.

Why is gluten a problem for most (or all) people? Gluten is made up of two proteins: gliadin and glutenin. In everyone, gliadin causes zonulin to be released in the body. Zonulin regulates how permeable our intestinal wall is—how much liquid or gas will be able to pass through it. The more zonulin present, the more permeable your intestinal wall becomes. The more permeable your intestines are, the more partially digested food (i.e. poop) can enter in your blood stream. (Weeding Out Wheat, Gilkerson, p30)

There’s also more in this section in the book on the science behind why gluten, lectins and phytates might be a problem (more than I can cover here).  But here’s the part that did it for me:

One of the key take-away points in all of this is that grains are highly associated with leaky gut. When your gut isn’t healthy you can’t absorb nutrients so you become malnourished and more prone to disease. (Ibid. p31)

So from what I understand, despite the high nutrient diet I’ve been putting into my body, without the ability to successfully absorb these nutrients, I haven’t been reaping the benefit from all these nutrients entering my body at the very time in my life (ie. motherhood) where I need them more than ever!

So I think it’s time to change what I’m doing, as clearly what I’ve been doing these last few years hasn’t been enough.  I know that my body is crying out for more calcium particularly and other essential minerals, so giving up wheat to assist with healing my gut health is going to be key.

Stay Tuned

I’ll continue writing on this topic in future and will cover what foods I’m focusing on increasing and decreasing (beside obviously ditching wheat).  There’s a few other things involved, including optimising my Vitamin D levels, and supplementing in a few specific areas.  I’ll also let you know how I’m transitioning my family’s diet.

I hope you’ll take an intentional look at this area of your health too.  Please feel free to comment on where you’re up to in managing your family’s diet and health.

The Book – “Weeding Out Wheat”

Can I encourage you to take advantage of the official launch of Luke and Trisha’s excellent book ‘Weeding Out Wheat’ from 30 Dec to 1 Jan?

The kindle version is only $1.99 (usually $9.95)WOW 3 day saleThe print version is only $9.95 (usually $14.95)

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Luke and Trisha are also hosting a giveaway that will be live on December 31st.   Make sure you head over there on Tuesday 31st and enter! {Giveaway has ended}

[** The terms ‘acid and alkaline’ in relation to food, refers to the whether a food produces an acid or alkaline residue after it has been metabolised or broken down.
For more information on the acid/alkaline connection to disease, read this article].
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6 thoughts on “Weeding Out Wheat – Changes & Improvements

  1. Terri

    I agree! Weed out the wheat!
    That is SO interesting about your saliva’s pH change!
    Google research and interviews by Dr. Fasano at Harvard University. It is so fascinating, and he does such a good job with his research and his communications. I believe he is one of the reasons all of this is coming to light (His studies led to zonulin and “leaky gut” in all people, etc.).
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Victoria Post author

      Thanks for stopping by Ginger. And hope you got those website woes sorted – it’s a good opportunity to grow in patience when those servers are down! Bless you, from Victoria

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