Sourced from: Infinite Health Blog, by Dr. Davis,
originally posted on the Wheat Belly Blog: 2011-11-07
Note that multiple later blog posts also address this topic
(not all of which may have been mirrored when this one was),
and the Inner Circle has specific content for the ailment:
Special Protocols: Constipation
I have seen bowel health improve in the majority
of people who say goodbye to wheat.
But one observation I have not purposefully
tracked is constipation. I have indeed seen
constipation improve in many people, but it’s simply not part
of the conversation in much of what I do. I hate talking about
But Wheat Belly Blog reader, Susan, left this
fascinating comment about, yes, constipation:
I must say that coming across this
information (wheat as we know it today – and it’s effects) has
absolutely changed my life over the last 40 days.
I have suffered from extreme constipation
for many years to the point that I would not eliminate for weeks.
My stomach got bigger and bigger as I tried one diet after another,
endlessly. Mostly fruit and liquid fads to loosen and discharge what
was surely in there somewhere. Nothing really worked, though,
I did note than when I did eliminate –
it was very hard and covered in “glue.” I assumed
that to be because it was in there for so long. However, it got me
thinking about gluten, so I googled on that subject and up came
Long story short, I eliminated wheat and
as a result (beginning on the third day) I began eliminating
more than I ate – daily. I don’t think I have to explain how that
is a miracle to sombody who has been chronically bunged up for years.
My hard, bulging lower stomach is getting softer and smaller by the
day now. Weight dropped 20lbs in the first 20 days and now
drops about 2 lbs each week.
The other miracle is that I am not manic
and miserable, including confusion, short attention span, etc.
I could correlate that to the elimination success, but I know
it’s more than that. I feel now that the wheat was causing
that as another symptom. My knee doesn’t get inflamed anymore
either since the general bloating ended. I am simply thrilled to
have discovered this information after decades of suffering needlessly.
Who would have thought that bread (wheat), etc., could be THIS harmful
when I was led to believe that whole grains were my constipation saviour.
Susan added an addendum:
I figured I would aid in cutting through the buildup of
“glue” in me by eating a whole grapefruit every morning.
I feel that has helped in conjuction with the wheat-free diet.
Although this has worked spectacularly, I now
plan a phase two which is to reduce other carbs and sugars as WheatBelly
recommends. I can’t imagine how I can improve on my already
amazing results, but I’m very excited about seeing how much
better things could get.
Today was day 40 and I’m not sure how
to say this so I’ll just say it plainly: I had a BM today
that I (nor my husband) could believe. It seemed to be a section of my
intestine. My husband is of the opinion that it is the inner lining.
It was basically a wall of sticky mucous.
Two years ago, my doctor ordered a colonoscopy
to see why I was chronically constipated. I was half awake for the
procedure and I was sure he was going to comment on how much matter was
in there. He reported nothing unusual. Later I asked him where the
1,000 meals could be then and he didn’t have an answer. Now
I know. It’s been building up on the walls and I hope to see the
rest in the near future. I should add that during about day 25
I had a slip where I ate a sandwich and a bagel. I immediately felt
tired and miserable and then it took two full days to start eliminating
again (yes – two days of constipation from just that). That was all the
evidence I needed to know that wheat is certainly my bane.
Now when I see a protruded belly on a miserable
person I feel like sharing my story because I know how miserable they
feel. When people google constipation, WheatBelly should be the first
thing that appears. God bless.
Wow. I can just feel Susan’s relief.
Just how many ways can there be that wheat
wreaks havoc on the human intestinal tract and body? How many other
conditions are there that are nothing more than a peculiar relationship
with wheat consumption?