For ten years, I was gluten free. I was never sure exactly why I couldn’t eat gluten. All I knew was it didn’t agree with me. And, despite giving up gluten, and all grains, (and even going keto) I continued to have regular chronic sinus headaches.
In school, I studied the digestive system at length, and learned about intestinal permeability or leaky gut. Many of the symptoms I had led me to the conclusion that I did indeed have leaky gut.
So, I went on a venture to heal my gut earlier this year. I ate fermented foods, including my own homemade kefir and sauerkraut. I took a therapeutic dose of probiotics. I took l-glutamine to rebuild the lining of my gut. After several months, my sinus headaches disappeared. So, I decided, after 10 years without gluten, to try eating bread again!
One day in April of this year, I made a loaf of homemade sourdough bread and gave it a try. I thought this would be the safest thing to eat, since this is a fermented bread. I had a couple of pieces and waited a few days. Now, in the past, I would have broke out in an intense itchy feeling all over my body, developed psoriatic style rash, canker sores in my mouth, very intense joint pain and painful sinus headaches. However, to my pleasant surprise, none of that happened.
So, I cautiously continued to add a bit more gluten containing grains to my diet and things continued to go fine for 6 months …until last week. I have daily sinus headaches again. I am currently developing a canker sore. AND, my joint pain is back…with a vengeance. I mean it’s bad, to the point where it’s difficult to walk sometimes.
I knew going in that gluten can contribute to leaky gut. I guess I was just hoping that once I healed my gut, it would stay healed. This was probably a bit naive. So, as of yesterday, I am once again gluten-free, for good this time. I’m also back on my gut healing nutrition plan. I’ll keep you posted on my results.
My new schedule
Since coming back from my 2 month leave, my blogging has been a bit erratic. I really don’t like that, so I’ve developed a new schedule for both my blogs. I will be posting one blog per week on each of my 2 sites.
Purple Almond Wellness posts will be EVERY TUESDAY.
Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen posts will be EVERY THURSDAY.
Well, there you have it…my adventures with gluten and my new schedule. If there’s an aspect of wellness, brain health or middle-age health you’d like to see discussed, just drop me a line or leave a comment below.