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I haven’t really felt like myself for a while. I’ve openly shared my mental health struggles in the pregnancies and postpartum stages with both of my children, but depression and anxiety are now a continual problem for me. Quite frankly, I haven’t felt like my joyful, lighthearted self on a regular basis for at least two years. I have also experienced other health problems. I stopped running this year due to persistent joint pain. Headaches and GI issues are constant. Despite antidepressants, my anxiety is still a challenge. I break out in a sweat often. My hands shake.
Last month, after another night of getting sick in the wee hours of the morning, I started to do some research. I discovered that severe gluten intolerance, whether it is Celiac Disease or Non-Celiac Wheat Sensitivity, can cause every single symptom that I had.
That’s right – an autoimmune response to gluten can cause mental health issues.
So I decided to do a little experiment. Just over two weeks ago, I eliminated gluten from my diet.
Eliminating gluten from my diet has been a game-changer. I immediately noticed a difference in my joint pain and GI symptoms. I’m not breaking out in random sweats. My hands are steady. In the past two days, my mood has drastically changed.
You guys, I am feeling better physically and mentally than I have felt in at least two years. My mood is happier, more confident, less anxious. I feel more social and interested in…life, I guess? It’s bizarre and wonderful and completely surprising.
I have not discussed any of this with my doctor yet; however, I have an appointment next month and plan to request a Celiac screening.*
Whether or not I go through with the screening, or if I have Celiac Disease or Non-Celiac Wheat Sensitivity, I feel positive about this diet game-changer. This may actually be life changing for me! The prospect of feeling like myself again is exciting.
*Yes, I will need to go back on gluten for a while in order for the screening to test positive if I have Celiac Disease. I’m hoping I can do this after the holidays!