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Yeah it can takes months and even years if you've been on large amounts of gluten all your life (gluten basically works like a drug on your brain), also you have to make other dietary changes aswell to improve overall health.
Yes immensely, but it takes a long time for many people like myself. My brain had pretty much been addicted to gluten for all my life and to completely change that was a long process. If I would eat some pasta now it basically causes some sort of mental breakdown for 24 hours where I get brainfog, signs of schizophrenia, random temper tantrums, addictive eating, sleep problems, adhd etc. certainly not worth the trouble.
I recovered from severe IBS and stomach pains (after burnout and tooth infections) that had me bedridden and pretty much suicidal. I had to change my diet back and forth a million times before I realized what works.
You have to ditch wheat ofc in all forms. then you have to avoid msg/yeast extract which also triggers stomach problems and overeating. no probiotics either, no yougurt which contains lactic acid and live bacteria that irritate the stomach. you also avoid lunch meats of all kinds (ham, sausages, bacon etc) with sodium nitrite which is terrible for the stomach. then you have to drink WATER and nothing else. no soda pop, no coffee, no beer, no wine, no juice, no tea, just plain water, sparkling or regular. You also avoid cheese which contains live bacteria and is a stomach irritant. what you eat is FRESH MEAT/FISH/CHICKEN (from frozen is fine) eggs and fresh milk. FRUITS, BERRIES and VEGETABLES (except cruciferous vegetables and leaves which contain antinutrients and are also stomach irritants). You eat carbs (POTATOES and other TUBERS, WHITE RICE is also fine but not brown rice (stomach irritant) and FAT (butter/cream, olive oil, coconut, mostly saturated is best) with every meal. milk chocolate, ice cream or some sweets are also fine after the meal in moderation. You keep the amount of nuts/seeds/peas/lentils to a minimum, these all contain antinutrients that irritate the stomach. You don't reheat leftovers in the microwave or elsewhere. It degrades the protein structure, dries out the food, and makes it harder to digest, inflammatory and decreases nutritional value. eat leftovers straight from the fridge in room temperature.
You have to eat the sufficient amount of macronutrients (protein, fat and carbs) and micronutrients (minerals and vitamins) at all meals throughout the day. This will keep stomach acid at the appropriate levels and will also keep your metabolism at a high level which is very important to resolve stomach problems and health problems in general (your immune system only works properly when your metabolism is strong).
YES! When I eat gluten and/or cheese, within minutes I am completely effed up in the head. My main symptoms are on mood and behaviour, digestion-wise it's not that bad.
Here are some of the wonderful symptoms I get: irritation, aggression, paranoia, scizofrenia (talking to myself like a crazy person), foggy brain, cant focus on anything, on the edge, will start fights about anything, impaired memory, mind wandering, delusions of grandeur, mania, ego-centricity, tourettes, outbursts, obsessive rambling (often in foreign languages), can't smile, feel dazed, like high on opiates, impaired communication (autism like).
For a long time I thought this horrid mess was my real personality! I'm 29 years old now and slowly trying to reclaim my life.
As other people have stated, when off gluten and caseine I'm as calm and well-mannered as they come!
I was addicted to opiate painkillers for a few years, which I think is very much related to this, my brains opiate receptors having been already sensitized to the exorphins of gluten and caseine.
Now when Im off gluten for about 10 days I feel like the fog has lifted, I am slightly depressed but so much more calm and functional.
I believe gluten and caseine, being the staple foods that they are, are main factors behind mental disorders in our society. Sad but true, these are the monsters humanity have created
Definitely had severe adrenal fatigue, it's getting better though. Well what can I tell you, number 1 of course is to avoid all stress to the furthest extent possible. I don't know how bad you got it but when I was at my worse I could barely move from the bed and every little noise or whatever felt like a huge stress.
Stop cardio exercise and probably weightlifting too, depending on what stage of adrenal fatigue that you're at. Focus on walking out in the sun during the day, shopping your food or whatever.
Having family and friends that understand and respect your condition and don't overburden you would probably be a huge help. I found hanging out with my cat has helped out, as cats provide company but don't expect so much of you as people usually do.
Just as excessive exercise avoid all stimulants. Obviously drugs and alcohol are a big no no. I would avoid caffeine and sugar too.
As far as diet is concerned DO NOT do a low carb diet, low-calorie diet, a candida cleanse diet or whatever, this is a HUGE stress on your adrenals. Eat plenty of non gluten starch, plenty of non casein protein, plenty of healthy fats such as butter and coconut oil, and water to keep hydrated of course
Personally I'm of the opinion that nutrition should be used instead of supplements to the furthest extent possible. I currently supplement with vitamin D3 and nothing else since I live in Sweden. I am open to suggestions on supplements but basically a lot of the time they're very expensive, you never quite know if they're working and I think you can improve with diet and lifestyle changes
Dont remove a lot of foods and starve yourself. I made this mistake and it further damaged my health and led to adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism. Eat plenty of carbs/sugars, healthy fats and proteins. Eliminate foods slowly and cautiously, I would start with caseine (milk protein) and see if that helps. The reason I say this is if you starve yourself your metabolism will crash and you will get more food sensitivities such as I had
A low-carb candida diet does NOT work long term, in fact I ruined my health further with such a diet. You are putting a lot of stress on your system if you cut out all carbohydrates/sugar and it can easily lead to hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue.
I would focus on benign (for most people) starches such as cassava,sweet potato,white rice,corn starch etc
You mentioned that you cooked with olive oil and vegetable oils. I would advice against this. You shouldn't heat olive oil as it will go rancid very easily and become hard to digest. Polyunsaturated omega 6 vegetable oils are inflammatory and surpress the thyroid. It sounds to me that you could be hypothyroid.
Instead try cooking with butter,ghee,coconut oil,lard and tallow, these can take the heat and are a lot healthier for you and your metabolism. I recommend reading up on Ray Peat PhD work on this
Okey I see a lot of weird stuff in that supplement like soy protein and omega 6 vegetable oils, both of which are known to surpress thyroid and metabolism, I would definitely focus on whole foods instead such as white rice, tubers, butter/ghee, coconut oil and meat, if I were to attempt to gain weight from underweight