Whether you have IBS or not, you may be having trouble digesting wheat. It’s a tricky thing to figure out- it took me several tries before I realized wheat was to blame for the worst of my health issues. The reason it took so long? The first few times I tried to eliminate wheat, I cut it out for one week and then for one month. No improvement. The third time I cut it out for 3 months. Bingo.
Since I eliminated wheat 3 years ago, I have not had to take antibiotics. When I ate wheat regularly, I used antibiotics a minimum of 4-6 times per year for sinus infections.
Thing is, all those antibiotics were killing off the beneficial bacteria in my digestive tract, which allowed the bad ones to go hog wild.
Recently I stopped eating any grains. I read that grains promote the growth of non-beneficial bacteria in the gut. If you have IBS, I think it makes sense to build back beneficial bacteria and starve the problem ones.
I combined my change of diet with a monthly colonic using hydrogen peroxide to kill off intestinal bacteria, then started taking probiotics and digestive enzymes with each meal to reseed my digestive tract with the good guys.
The night after I did my first colonic with hydrogen peroxide, I started itching like crazy and had a dull headache for 4 days. That’s a sign of yeast die-off. It turns out I had candida, which can cause all sorts of problems.
The benefits: I lost my sweet tooth, which I think was fueled by the spike in blood sugar from eating grains. I lost 6 pounds within two weeks, eating as much as I wanted.
I found a good article on why wheat is causing so many people problems. The hybridizers who “improved” it have also made it harder to digest than the wheat our grandparents ate. Here it is: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505269_162-57505149/modern-wheat-a-perfect-chronic-poison-doctor-says/
I know it’s hard to think about making changes. But what I’ve found is that it’s true what the alternative medicine docs say: Candida can change our sweet tooth, making us go against our healthy impulses. Bad bacteria can send toxins to our brain.
Why not see what your own personal needs for food are, without the influence of nasty little hitchhikers exploiting us for a free ride?