The Gluten/wheat/depression connection

Ever notice when you eat certain foods you feel cranky?

How about tired?

Growing up there may have been many reasons for my constant search for balance and happiness.  Never did it occur to me that the foods I was eating were slowly killing my spirit and my body.

When I started to pay attention to how I felt when I ate the reactions amazed me.  Gluten & Wheat made me feel tired, I lost my motivation to be with people, and  got cranky.  That all goes along with the stomach and body aches.

According to Dr. Kaslow he states:

an informal survey of about 20 people with gluten related sensitivity, >90%
reported improvement from a gluten-free diet.
All spoke of delayed learning prior to a gluten-free diet either in
themselves or their children.  Some of
the physiological, cognitive, and emotional symptoms they reported with dietary
avoidance of gluten included:

  • Improved
    ability to learn
  • Improved
    interest in school
  • Improved
  • No
    more meds for depression problems
  • No
    more avoidance of meeting people
  • Expected
    full recovery of ataxia problems (inability to coordinate muscle movements)
  • Improved
    gross motor skills (was delayed in some cases)
  • Improved
    physical growth (was smaller than expected)
  • Went
    from bottom of class to the top of his class after 3 months on diet
  • Found
    a “hunger” for learning after avoiding gluten
  • Improved
    mood with less “crossness” and “crankiness”
  • Improved
    development to catch up with peers
  • Improved
    intellect with definite increases in intelligence
  • Grade
    point average went from 2.5 to 3.9
  • Many
    have acquired college degrees with high GPA after going gluten-free
  • Came
    alive academically
  • Improved
    ability to meet daily challenges
  • Improved
    speed of learning (“quicker” in her studies)
  • Absenteeism
    no longer a problem
  • Lots
    of stories about coming out of withdrawn state socially to an outgoing one —
    running for student council, more motivated in doing well and meeting people
  • Increased
    well-being and better brain chemistry
  • No
    more “brain fog”
  • Improved
    in reading (“noticeable”)
  • Improved
    temperaments in children

going gluten-free, students had the following

  • Daydreaming
    in school
  • Difficulty
    in finishing sentences and finding words
  • Speech
  • In
    and out of Special Education classes
  • Delays
    in walking and talking
  • Delayed
    puberty including menarche
  • Vitamin
  • Non-epileptic
  • Arthritis
    and osteopenia
  • Short
    term and long-term memory was not good
  • Many
    reports of struggles with school but score high in intelligence
  • Misdiagnosis
    of fibromyalgia
  • Visual
    and auditory delusions
  • Anxiety
    problems, tummy aches
  • Temporary

1. K.
Horvath, MD, PhD, et al; Gastroenterology, April 1996: “First Epidemiological
Study of Gluten Intolerance in the United States”


2. Etty
Benveniste, PhD.; American Journal of Physiology 263, 1992: “Inflammatory
Cytokines within the central nervous system: sources, function, and mechanism of

In 1993 when I suffered with depression nutrition was never mentioned as a  contributor to the way I was feeling.  Two years later when I was introduced to the shaklee product lines I began to  become more aware of what went in, on, and around my body . Gluten, dairy and sugar definitely played a huge part.  Interesting that my depression improved dramatically with improvement with my food choices , switching from the health food store to Shaklee food supplements like Essential Fatty acids, B-Complex and Shaklee protein drinks.

In the spring 2009 addition of Journal of Gluten sensitivity Dr. Vikki Pertersen D.C., C.C.N stated in her 20 years of practice she consistently found patients who were suffering from depression and anxiety to be gluten sensitive.  She stated ” In a study examining blood flow to the brain, 15 patients with untreated celiac disease were compared to 15 patients treated with a gluten-free diet for a year.  The findings were amazing.  In the untreated group, 73% had abnormalities in brain circulation by testing while only 7% in the treated group showed any abnormalities. The patients with the brain circulation problems were frequently suffering from anxiety and depression as well.”

So what if taking gluten and wheat out of your diet may greatly contribute to your happiness?  Is it worth trying this route?

It is up to you.





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