Andrea endured a lot of health problems, never receiving any real answers from doctors, although plenty of medications were prescribed. Then she stumbled on the Wheat Belly lifestyle:
“I learned in 2005 (27 years old) after having my 2nd child that I was hypothyroid. I was put on Levothroid. I complained often to my doctor that I felt no different a few months after starting this prescription. They ordered some labs and adjusted my dosage. Still no changes. I still felt extremely forgetful, sluggish, unable to concentrate. Instead of losing weight, I gained weight very easily. This went on for years!
“I was never advised to change my diet, just my calorie intake. I was always made to feel fat and lazy by any doctor I saw. I was always told I needed to exercise more, even though I upped my physical activity and exercised 3 hours a week.
“I had eczema on my arms, as well as ‘chicken skin,’ toenail fungus, dry hair with hair loss, and always had red, itchy welts on my neck. I would get easily agitated. I always felt very tired and drowsy after eating. I have suffered from constipation and insomnia since I was a kid. These past few years my heavy eyelids have really bothered me. I also had miscarriages, suffered from infertility, and my ‘normal’ menstrual cycle was once a year. I have emailed and met with several doctors under my insurance plan since 2006.
“In November, 2015 I finally got tired of being tired (so cliché, I know). I went to the library and picked up a ton of books, one was Wheat Belly. The name looked familiar (I follow you on Facebook), so I read that one first. Eye-opener! I panicked. All of the issues I was having were detailed right there in the book!
“I immediately switched my diet, eliminated ALL wheat. No more eczema, I have energy, and I don’t feel like an exhausted zombie. My concentration and mood have improved. Eczema is gone. No more itchy red neck. The chicken skin on my arms and toenail fungus is nearly all gone. My periods are regular (darn lol). Constipation and insomnia are also gone.
“I’m 37 now and feel like the last 10 years of my health have been wasted, but I am extremely thankful I finally decided to take charge of my health. I have lost 23 pounds since November.
“PS: I stopped taking Levothroid and had my thyroid tested last Monday. It was normal!”
As happens every day around here, not only does Andrea feel different, she also looks different. You can appreciate from her story how inflammation from wheat and grains affected virtually every organ system: gastrointestinal tract, central nervous system, thyroid, reproductive system, and—evident on the skin and face—skin inflammation. See the typical “deflation” of her cheeks and around the eyes, leaving the eyes bigger?
One unusual feature about Andrea’s story: while wheat/grain elimination can allow the autoimmune inflammation of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis to subside, most people are left with a need for thyroid replacement, preferably Armour Thyroid or Naturethroid that provide both the T4 and T3 thyroid hormones, not just the T4 of Levothroid. Andrea says that her thyroid recovered and she no longer needs any form of thyroid replacement. Just bear in mind that most people aren’t as luck as Andrea this way and will need thyroid replacement to compensate for the damage done during wheat/grain consuming days.