Sourced from: Infinite Health Blog, by Dr. Davis,
originally posted on the Wheat Belly Blog: 2011-12-15
How wheat can ruin an otherwise perfectly fine teenager
Who doesn’t have fond memories of teenage years? Youth,
the promise of a bright future, blossoming interest in the opposite sex. But we all
know that it was not all a bed of roses, either: Struggles with mom and dad,
uncertainty about peers, anxiety over your future.
So what does wheat have to do with it? Well, it
makes the everyday struggles of the teenager . . . much worse.
Take, for instance:
Acne–So common, it’s the
hallmark of the teenage years. Wheat triggers insulin which, in turn, triggers
sebum production and acne formation.
Overweight–Teenagers are highly sensitive to their
appearance. Being an overweight teen is a terribly painful situation to be in.
If you think overweight adults are often ignored or mistreated, think what
it’s like for an overweight teen. High blood sugar, high blood insulin
. . . growth of visceral fat.
Sleepiness–Teenagers need a lot of sleep.
10 hours a night is not at all uncommon. More often, teenagers get by
with less. Try paying attention to the teacher lecturing on quadratic equations
in algebra class after 7-8 hours of sleep and a breakfast of Cookie Crisps
cereal. The inevitable low blood sugar that follows the sugar high brings
overwhelming sleepiness. Throw in the mind effects of gliadin and gluten, and
you’ve got teens head down in their polynomials.
Man breasts–The overweight teenage male with the large
tummy of a wheat belly also develops large breasts, the result of excessive
estrogen emitting from the visceral fat of the abdomen, as well as the increased
secretion of prolactin. Could it get any worse for the appearance-sensitive teen?
Emotionality–We all know about the wide mood swings of
the teen years, from elation to despair within minutes, often far out of
proportion to reality. What food impacts on mood more than wheat?
Ironically, it’s the wheat foods that are the
coolest for teens: pizza, hot dogs and hamburgers, cookies and donuts.
Go figure: Teenagers doing something that isn’t good for them?
Unfortunately, it’s also the teens who are
least likely to heed our advice about the dangers of wheat.
Think there’s a way to make eggs and coconut oil cool?