Going Gluten-Free Changed my Attention
3 Years Pain-Free
New Mental Clarity a By-Product of Being Gluten-Free
Disclaimer: I’ve waited to share this personal story so I could be sure of the relationship between going gluten-free and a new mental clarity. And, I’ve waited to share a ppt presentation for the same reason.
In November, 2013 I attended a world-wide gluten summit. For seven days, I viewed MDs, PhDs, MAs, and other professionals speak about the dangers of gluten consumption for humans. Wheat (GMO) is just fine for animals like cows since they have several stomachs to process the protein. But I have only one stomach and wheat just goes right through me causing pain, discomfort and brain fog that can last up to 24 hours or more.
In childhood, I believed I caught the flu a lot because of the frequent experience of a sudden onset of flulike symptoms. For me, gluten can cause nausea, vomiting, and intense diarrhea and bloating. I have missed out on a lot of fun due to this weak stomach. More than that, I have been imposing inflammation on my body. And brain inflammation is related to the onset of dementias, one of which caused my father’s death.
My dad had a dementia called Pick’s Disease. It was an ugly experience for the whole family and I think it hurt him too. When I attended the summit out of general interest, I learned that gluten is related to dementia. I knew I had no choice but to go off gluten. At 64 I have limited time to live and I want to be healthy and happy and enjoy my family.
I went off gluten almost four years ago.
The short story is that within 18 months I knew it was an excellent life choice. I felt better than in my whole life. But if I ate gluten, I would have a gut attack. I am in much better mental shape, too. I have very little brain fog now rather than all the time. It’s my experience that the health of the gut influences the health of my brain. I’ve even managed to complete a master’s in counseling, something I wouldn’t have tackled before my health and brain fog changed.
There are now many gluten-free options, with the best-being lots of veggies. I’ve even found a recipe for cauliflower pizza ‘dough!’
Please take ten minutes to review the following power point on gluten. Let me know what decisions you make. firstname.lastname@example.org
To your good brain health,
Maureen Nolan, Atlanta ADHD Coach and Therapist