Ok, let me state right off the bat that I am not a Dr. This blog post is from a person who sufferers from Celiac Disease. Everything you read here is from my input and my story. I’m definitely not going to other people’s websites or blogs and cut and paste their work and try to convince you it’s my work. I am just going to tell you about my experience as a Celiac sufferer and possibly an Adult ADHD sufferer and what I am doing to combat these two afflictions. Upon my online research of being Gluten intolerant, it is suggested that folks like me also may be afflicted with ADHD in some capacity. Now this would make sense. For example let me tell you what I am feeling right now as I write this post. Muscles ache, brain fogginess and a little light headed. Now I do try to stick to my Gluten restricted diet contrary to what wifey says. So the question is. Does Celiac Disease and ADHD go hand in hand? You’re not going to like this because it’s going to frustrate and confuse you even more. The consensus is split right down the middle. Some believe yes while some believe no.
What’s one to do and who do you listen to? Well, I can only say from experience that I believe that staying Gluten free does elevate my symptoms or eliminates some altogether. If you’re like me, you will agree that anything you put in your stomach greatly effects every faucet of your life. From your appearance to behavior to life expectancy and everything else in between. So let’s assume that we are going to go Gluten free and what can we expect.
When I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I was told that a major lifestyle change was in order. Fast foods were out. Pizza, breads, pastas, some alcohols especially beer were excluded from my diet. I became a “label reader”. You would be surprised at what you are eating once you start reading labels. Ok, this is a short list of what can happen when you eat gluten when you’re not supposed to.
- Extreme fatigue
- Abdominal bloating and pain
- Chronic diarrhea
- Weight loss
- Foul-smelling stool
- Anemia or low count of red blood cells
This is what I try to do to fight Gluten Intolerance and my slight Adult ADHD conditions
- Eliminate most grains and sugars including fructose, from your diet
- Replace soft drinks with pure clean non-fluoridated water
- Increase omega-3 fats by taking a high-quality animal-based omega-3 oil
- Minimize your use of nearly all processed fats, especially trans fats
- Avoid all processed foods
- And of course eliminate anything with wheat, oat and barley
Plus a friend recommended a new all herbal natural formula that really has worked tremendously with my ADHD symptoms. It has helped me with my:
It helps me with my mental clarity, sharper memory, Positive mind and attitude.
I also tend to go into a deep restful sleep and jump out of bed completely relaxed confident to take on the world. The herbal product is called Brain Fuel Plus
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