Can wheat elimination make you . . . younger?

Joan posted these interesting comments about her apparent dialing back of the age clock minus wheat.

I went grain free in early September after reading about the low carb, high fat, moderate protein way of eating, and I found and read the Wheat Belly book in late September.

In late October, a woman who works in our building, who I hadn’t seen in about 6 weeks, asked me if I’d had a face lift. I said “No.” She then asked if I’d had botox or Restylane injections. I said I hadn’t. She was surprised and said that my skin looked so good.

The pharmacy tech, who regularly checks me out when I pick up my script, asked me what I was doing that my skin looked so much better. My son-in-law said I look 10 years younger since losing 40 lbs and going grain-free.

The only change I made was my diet and I believe it’s from giving up the wheat and other grains and eating more real food. My eczema is better this year and I live in a very dry and extremely cold climate. I’m truly enjoying this way of eating and rarely miss those junk carb “foods.”

I don’t have the mid afternoon slump and I have great energy at age 58. I take hour-long high-intensity Zumba classes and can keep up with the 20-year olds. When my husband and I are at our house in Las Vegas, we regularly enjoy 4-5 mile brisk walks.

Thank you Dr. Davis!

Hmmmm. Botox, Restylane, face lifts, eczema, more energy, capacity to engage in high-intensity activity requiring fast reflexes and limber joints–at age 58? Many people pay thousands of dollars just for the cosmetic effects. Many people lose the quickness and flexibility of youth at age . . . 40?

So Joan is enjoying the compliments of many people about her youthfulness, smooth skin and energy matching that of people much younger, just because she gave up wheat and other grains and sugars.

Wheat elimination involves a reduction of inflammatory phenomena, especially when visceral fat of the wheat belly is lost. It leads to a marked slowing of glycation that underlies the progessive changes of aging. It can improve the hormonal milieu of senescence. It’s a mix of phenomena I do not fully understand, but stories like Joan’s continue to make me believe: Wheat elimination, along with minimizing other grains and sugars, is youth-preserving and anti-aging.

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