With this Wheat Belly Blog post, I begin an occasional series of posts from the earlier days of the Wheat Belly experience that nonetheless provide some powerful lessons on the effects of this lifestyle.
Here is a post from Dawn from 2014 that perfectly illustrates what wheat and grain consumption can do to skin health.
“Left = summer, 2013. Right = today. Started Wheat Belly March 20th, 2014. Lost 25 lbs by July and have maintained ever since. I can’t say enough about this lifestyle.
Beyond the 25 pound weight loss, what I find striking are the changes in Dawn’s skin: the redness is gone and there is visibly less facial edema. Dawn looks dramatically different minus wheat and grains.”
We see this with some frequency around here and it reflects the loss of body-wide inflammation, most readily evident on the skin. Inflammation on the skin is often paralleled by inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract and elsewhere. Though she doesn’t elaborate, I’d be willing to bet that Dawn also experienced some important improvement in gastrointestinal symptoms, especially acid reflux, bowel urgency, and bloating.
Regardless, you can appreciate just how dramatic the change has been for Dawn’s appearance. This is yet another example of how eliminating wheat and grains from the diet does not just achieve substantial weight loss, but also yields outsized improvements in health–because they never belonged in the human diet in the first place.