I'm new here and although I've been wary about eating healthy, in terms of salads, fruits and vegtables for a number of years, I'm 28, I recently decided to go 100% gluten and dairy free (like checking all labels and watching out for cross contamination, because I have had a number of what I thought to be abnormal health issues over the years which never really made that much sense. I'm in good shape and feel fine, relative to how I usually feel, but just still wonder could some of these issues be related to the same source, gluten? My Mom finally went gluten free a couple months ago. She had IBS and GERD for years and it has helped her a lot. She was not overweight but also lost 10 pounds in a month. I've been mostly vegetarian as an adult and am very into not eating processed foods or added sugars, so I'm adding some meat into my new diet, which I can already feel some difference, in terms of being more calm. As a kid my Mom, who didn't know at the time, fed us a lot of bad grain type foods and we always had ice cream and those processed betty crocker baking items around, but all of us seemed to have had pretty good metabolisms, considering what is in that stuff! My dad still eats all those processed foods and has always been extremely skinny, but is generally depressed and irritable.
Here are the health issues I've had that I would really appreciate any feedback on the relation to gluten or casein, if know from personal experience:
-starting as a teenager felt foggy headed and somewhat depressed.
-Had red flushed cheeks and rash on backs of upper arms for a few years in early teens
-got first period at age 14 (which I always thought was a little old)
-didn't have period for almost year ages 15-16
-very low resting heartrate at age 16, normal weight, doctors told me i must have an eating disorder, a heart condition, or brain tumor, eventually blood test showed very high TSH and I was diagnosed hypo-thyroid from hasimotos.
-diagnosed with adhd in college, but have had the symptoms for as long as my parents can remember.
- have had anemia or low iron and also a lot of coldness at the extremities since being a teenager.
-have had periods of time where i am really into oatmeal (plain), nothing added, i think this is because of cross contamination with gluten.
Thanks so much for reading