We’ve heard from many readers who have noticed marked changes in their upper respiratory health, including relief from chronic sinus congestion, repeated sinus infections, and asthma. Here’s another observation from Kayla, who describes relief from nasal mucus production.
“My name is Kayla. I am a 26 year old mother of one and I live in Ontario, Canada. In January of this year, I was given a copy of your book, Wheat Belly, along with the cookbook.
“6 years ago, I went from being extremely fit, playing college volleyball and many other sports in my spare time, including basketball and soccer. I was an athlete my whole life and never struggled with weight. I am 5’9 and I was 155 lbs. To some, that may sound heavy, but my muscle mass was large and even at 155 lbs I had a six-pack.
“I stopped playing volleyball at a competitive level and went to Culinary school. A double negative! Although I loved cooking, within two and a half years time I had gained nearly 40 lbs.
“In January of 2011, I became pregnant with my daughter. I was 192 lbs when I got pregnant with her. By the time I gave birth, I was 212 lbs. Within a week of having my daughter I was back down to 192 lbs. I carried my weight well. No one would have ever guessed I actually weighed what I did, but I still felt awful. Wearing a size 12 was not me. I had absolutely no confidence.
“After receiving your book and reading it, I became completely enlightened. I was 100% committed to taking wheat out of my life. Within the first 8 days, I was absolutely amazed to step on the scale and see that I had lost 9 lbs!! I could not believe my eyes. Even my mind felt more clear.
“When I moved in to our house in May of 2012, I seemed to constantly be congested with mucus. I thought it must be the pine trees upfront or possibly old cigarette smoke from people that lived there 7 years prior. 5 weeks after cutting wheat, I lay in my bed and suddenly I realized “Hey: I have no more mucus. What is different?” It only took me a minute to realize exactly what was different: I had no more mucus because I no longer ate wheat!
“Today, I am happy to say that I have lost 33 lbs. I weigh in at 159lbs and I feel amazing! All this in just 6 short months! Last summer I was a size 12 and now I am a size 6!
“In October of 2012, I started at a boot camp. It was not until I eliminated wheat that I truly started to see the results. Today, I go to boot camp 3-times a week, I eat well for the most part. A diet of low carb, moderate-high fat and high protein.
“I can honestly say I never want to go back to eating wheat. Any time I have had a small amount here and there, I pay for it. I feel foggy, dizzy and, of course, the mucus comes back.
“Thank you very much for helping change my life!
Nobody yet knows exactly what component of the Evil Grain is responsible–gliadin, wheat germ agglutinin, unique allergenic proteins such as alpha amylase inhibitors or omega-gliadin–for the peculiar increased flow of mucous, congestion, infection, airway sensitivity. After all, wheat has SO many undesirable components that it could be any one or some combination. (This also highlights how silly it is to genetically-modify wheat to remove the most destructive forms of gluten–it’s still full of other bad stuff!)
The reduction in mucous production in sinuses and airways is among the more common observations among the wheat-free, along with return of mucous in all its glory with re-exposure. Slender, energetic, freedom from excessive nasal discharge–the wheat-free life is good!