With the increasing awareness of the health issues associated with gluten, more people are discovering that removing wheat, or even all grains, from their diet has greatly improved their well-being. Whether from breeding of “super-gluten” wheat, or simply the increasing amounts of grain in most people’s diets, grain and wheat have become a source of trouble for many people. As more people remove grain from their diets, they are discovering that there are improvements in their health that they never thought possible.
One of the many things wheat can do to a person’s body is make them bloated and feeling slightly unwell. The bloat comes from the digestive system being unable to cope with the protein in the grain and allowing it to pass through, irritating the digestive tract as it goes. An important side effect of an irritated intestine is that absorption of essential vitamins and other nutrients is slowed. This lack of sufficient nutrition can lead to a variety of effects.
Often people with grain intolerance are assumed to be excessively thin, but this isn’t always the case. One effect of insufficient nutrition is the feeling of being hungry. Many people remove grain from their diet and find that their desire to overeat goes away. The effect of the grain free diet on weight is then two-fold; the person loses weight and also loses the bloated belly.
There are other unexpected results from a grain-free lifestyle as well. It is not uncommon to find that hypertension is resolved after changing the diet. The reasons for this are unclear, but may involve returning to a normal weight, removing the whole-body inflammation that comes from grain-intolerance or the return of energy that encourages a person to move around more. High blood pressure is nothing to fool around with. Any individual that changes their diet to treat hypertension should stay on any medication and consult their doctor before changing the dosage.
The most unexpected and delightful result for me from adopting a grain free lifestyle was the end of insomnia. This has been reported by others as well when they discovered that changing their diet allowed them to sleep through the night. For some it was a complete cure, while others still experienced some bad nights. There’s no definable reason for this, unless it is that some bodies in poor health simply can’t relax enough to sleep. A grain-free lifestyle may not cure every person’s insomnia, but it is certainly worth a try.