The Wheat Belly Total Health approach begins with wheat and grain elimination . . . but does not end there.
Followers of this program understand that eliminating wheat and grains that started so many health and weight problems removes the initial cause. But many health issues can persist in their wake, some caused by wheat/grains, others just due to common nutritional deficiencies with broad health implications. For this reason, there are additional strategies to follow if you hope to regain and maintain ideal health. These strategies include correction of magnesium and iodine deficiencies, restoration of vitamin D, achieving ideal thyroid status, and cultivation of bowel flora.
It seems like a simple list, but built into this combination are powerful synergies: leave just one out and your entire program can suffer and you may not enjoy a full return to health. Or an initial health improvement will not sustain over time and you can develop constipation, abdominal discomfort, erratic or high blood sugars and blood pressure, and other health issues. It’s something I call the ” 2 + 2 = 11″ effect: the total is greater than the sum of the parts—far greater.
Let me use high triglycerides as an example. High triglycerides are a powerful index of the quality of diet, insulin and blood sugar status, visceral fat, and cardiovascular risk with far greater insight than the LDL cholesterol value most of my colleagues focus on because of the excessive marketing of the statin drug industry. Let’s say someone starts with a fasting blood triglyceride level of 500 mg/dl—very high. What if we added the strategies of the Wheat Belly Total Health approach one by one? It would play out something like this:
- Eliminate wheat and grains–and triglycerides drop to 160 mg/dl
- Slash net carbs by never exceeding 15 grams net carbs per meal–and triglycerides drop to 120 mg/dl
- Add omega-3 fatty acids via fish oil at full dose–and triglycerides drop to 80 mg/dl
- Add vitamin D to achieve a 25-hydroxy vitamin D level of 60-70 ng/ml, the ideal level–triglycerides drop to 65 mg/dl
- Cultivate bowel flora through a combined program of probiotics and fermented foods along with daily attention to prebiotic fibers–and triglycerides drop to 43 mg/dl, an ideal level
Every component of the Wheat Belly Total Health program plays a role in reducing triglycerides to the ideal level (60 mg/dl or less). The effect is further compounded by reversing health conditions that caused triglyceride-raising prescription drugs to be prescribed, such as beta blockers and diuretics. This same principle holds true for hundreds of other health situations.
I would therefore like to illustrate this principle for a new book I am writing that will be released in spring, 2017 (no longer called “Wheat Belly” but by a new title with substantial overlap with the Total Health strategies) by sharing stories and photos of people who have had health successes by incorporating all the strategies of the Wheat Belly Total Health program. As a thank you, I will have a free copy of the new book sent to you if I use your story in the book.
If you’ve got a story you’d like to share (with or without “before” and “after” photos), please post a few sentences about your experience on the Wheat Belly Facebook page. (You could post it as a comment on this blog, but we need a way to communicate privately in order to obtain your email address. Facebook provides a private message function that is not available on this blog.) If your story fits needs for the book, I and my staff will contact you for additional information. This will be a chance to show off to everyone just how far you have come!