Improving health has been a work in progress for me. There have been no quick fixes or short cuts… And when I take into consideration the amount of time I spent unknowingly breaking my body down, I’ve actually come a long way in a very short amount of time!
In this series of blog posts about my personal journey, I described how changes in my diet and lifestyle helped me to improve my overall health. I also explained the importance of continuing to “dig deeper” with functional lab testing to get to the root of health problems. If you’d like to read more about how I have addressed my struggles with weight, energy, skin problems, digestion, hormones and more, please click on the previous posts below:
Part 1: I Didn't Know What to Eat
Part 2: How Functional Lab Testing Helped me Regain my Health and Vitality
Part 3: Overcoming Low Energy and Hormone Imbalances
So, here’s the real game-changer…
I recently completed a comprehensive test for “Wheat and Gluten Reactivity and Autoimmunity”, and I am HIGHLY intolerant!
I had previously done some basic gluten sensitivity testing that came back negative, and I have even tried an elimination diet for 21 days with no noticeable difference.
Despite all the changes I’ve made, I still had some low-grade symptoms that led me to move forward with another hormone retest in order to evaluate my body’s adaptation to stress… as well as sex hormones (estrogens, testosterone, and progesterone).
It had been a while since I had tested and I have made a lot of steps forward. When I received the results of the most recent retest, it was clear that things were still out of balance… however, one particular marker and the pattern that followed, pointed towards some kind of inflammation.
This correlated with the symptoms I had and other test results, so I decided to do the comprehensive gluten panel. Given my family history of auto-immunity and chronic disease, issues around gluten was something that has always been a concern… and a gut feeling (pun intended).
My intention in this post is not necessarily to educate you about nitty-gritty details of the varying degrees of gluten sensitivity and challenges with cross-contaminated foods and cosmetics… (there will be other posts for that)… but rather stress the importance of further investigation. While changing my diet, and addressing my parasitic infection and hormone imbalances helped me to feel better, there was still something deeper.
I always go back to asking “Why?”… Why was my body weakened so much that a parasite could move in? Why were my hormones being pulled so far out of range? Why the exhaustion? Why the brain fog and memory problems? Why the bloated belly? Why the extra weight? Why the headaches? Why the mood issues?
Can gluten cause all of these problems? Yes… Especially when you consider the interrelated nature in which our bodies function. I look at the body as a whole, not in parts. (I discuss this concept in my previous post).
Even after just 6 weeks of being gluten free, I’ve noticed a difference. My tummy is flatter and jeans looser. My brain fog is lifting and I feel more focused and energized.
Truthfully, the diet has NOT been a major shift for me since I didn’t consume gluten that often anyway in my whole foods-based diet (unlike when I was a pastry vegetarian). Eating at restaurants has been a bit challenging, and I’ve had to be more diligent about avoiding the hidden sources of gluten.
I really want to dive into the details of what I learned about myself through this test, but to sum it up… consuming gluten can cause an immune response that can damage my organs. Pretty serious, right? It’s not worth it to me to “just have a little treat”.
100% gluten free… This can seem overwhelming at first, but when considering the opportunity I have to improve my life, there’s no question that gluten is now a thing of the past.
I also want to clarify one thing… I am not becoming the gluten free health coach. We are all bio-individually different. This is what I discovered on my path, and while gluten is one of the most common sensitivities that is wise to be avoided in a healing protocol, everyone is different, and that has to be honored.
If you’d like to dig deeper at the root of your health concerns, I invite you to fill out an application so we can set up a time to talk.
I have suffered from numerous health challenges conventional medicine couldn't fix. This blog is a place for me to share my experiences and information with others who want to feel better again too. Please share your thoughts in the comments. I always look forward to supporting you to improve your health!