As I said in part one, I didn’t initially buy into the whole wheat belly craze. But after trying it, I’m a believer. Bought in 100%.
According to Dr. William Davis, when today’s wheat breaks down in our bodies, the chemical reaction mimics that of an opiate entering our system. This can makes it highly addictive, and if your body is reacting negatively to wheat, it can throw you running like a hamster on its wheel.
As I’ve researched the effects of today’s wheat on the body, I can’t help noting the theories and opinions about how it impacts the mind. Science hasn’t caught up with enough formal studies for it to become a mainstream message, but there are anectodal accounts of people who say taking wheat out of their diet has relieved them of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD.
This makes sense, when you consider that today’s wheat products are genetically altered, and are no longer the pure product God created. Many man-made chemicals throw people into downward spirals.
For someone with post traumatic stress, the last thing they need is a dietary trigger, when mental and emotional switches already abound. And I want to be clear, I am not insuinuating that removing wheat from a person’s diet will cure them, but I do think there is sufficient evidence to suggest the possibility of reducing symptoms. If this is true, I believe it’s also fair to say chemical reactions to wheat in the body could magnify and increase the frequency of post traumatic episodes.
From what I’ve studied, if I could help a loved one suffering from PTSD, anxiety, and/or depression gently remove wheat from what they eat and drink, I would certainly do it. I’m not suggesting anyone else take this step, but I am saying for me and mine, it can’t hurt…and what if it helps?
As I’ve pondered this possible connection between wheat and higher instances of PTSD symptoms, it makes me ask myself another question. A great many who suffer with the mental agony of depression, anxiety, and flashback episodes related to past trauma, drink excessive amounts of beer and other alcholic beverages as a way to avoid the emotions threatening to consume them. Many of these drinks have a form of wheat in their ingredient base.
So what if wheat based alcoholic drinks create a double addiction? What if the wheat and the alcohol combined exacerbate symptoms over time, versus numbing, as the wounded person is hoping?
I’m simply asking questions, I don’t claim to have all the answers. And I am NOT a physician or professional dietician, so this would be a great conversation to spur with someone in one of those positions. But I am someone who has researched and interviewed much regarding PTSD and common traumas in every day people. As a result, I would like to initiate consideration, and further research by those in the medical, nutritional, and scientific communities.
In closing, I can tell you from personal experience, taking wheat out of my diet has made me feel like a new woman. Not just in body, but in mind and spirit. The way I feel mentally, physically, and spiritually is dramatically improved. For the first time in a long time, I feel more like the woman God created me to be.
Most of us want a simple fix for our health problems. Usually, we look for a pill or two to swallow, in hopes it will correct all of the wrongs we’ve done to ourselves, or the things that happened beyond our control. And many times, they work well.
But what if in this case, we or our loved ones, experienced some relief by simply removing a product no longer in the state God created from our diets? I think it’s a possibility worth exploring — we are what we eat.
Are you a skeptic? Or do you think there could be a connection between increased incidences of mental health issues and genetically altered grains?
Anita Fresh Faith
Matthew 4:4 ESV
But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
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