I cut out gluten about 5 months ago, and while I do think it has improved my guts, I don't think it's done a blessed thing for my "Swiss cheese brain". In fact, between medication changes, dietary changes, and going on disability, my Crohn's more or less went into remission. Which allowed my symptoms of Fibromyalgia to stand out more clearly. People with true gluten intollerance may have improved mental clarity when they go off gluten, but I don't believe that is true for everyone who tries it.
As far as suppliments go, I always inform my doctors of every suppliment I take, and I stick to vitamins and probiotics. I haven't done any herbal stuff. Before I tried mixing herbal suppliments in with everything else I take, I'd want to educate myself on possible interactions. And from multiple sources, not just one. (I do this with prescription drugs, too. The only difference is, I buy them all from the same pharmacy, so I use that as one level of my "screening process". I no longer trust my multiple doctors to know what's best for me or which drugs might interact. I wouldn't trust a book or naturopath, either.)
Ha. That is a great post. Pooping too much can definitely take its toll.
I am currently taking a Kung Fu class trying to be more active and all. I am hoping that increasing my activity will help.
Thanks guys. I do have a Costco near me so I will have to check that out.
Yogaprof, that is great to hear. Do you also find that you have more energy and feel better in general? I try to remember what it was like to have energy.
Brain fog is something they often talk about on celiac and gluten intolerance boards.
I feel great. it's crazy! I do yoga every day, work two jobs, take care of a house, and am almost 50. I was so ill, had two surgeries in '06, did all the meds, all the tests, and was barely functioning. 3 weeks after going gluten free I woke up and here I am. my costco doesn't have any gluten free products. you need to go to stores that have a pretty good health food section and talk to someone. the bread is either in sealed packages on the shelf with other GF stuff, and it is awful, or it is frozen, and it is ok. or try the bob's mix. it can be done with a mixer and is great. I make half a pkg every week and it makes one loaf. but you would be surprised how easy it is to just not eat bread. the first weeks are hard, but once you figure it out it really is no big deal.
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I usually don't reply, but I always read these boards. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease after my son was born in 2000, after that came the diagnosis of GERD, depression, Discoid Lupus and now I am showing signs of diabetes. about 4 years ago came the brain fog to the point that I thought I was going to end up in the psych ward. Then two years ago I found the SCD Diet, and I can tell you after 2 weeks on the diet the brain fog lifted, and even my husband noticed it. I was on the diet for 2 years and sadly I had to go off it strictly because of the diabetes problems. But I also found that if I went of the diet just for a few days the brain fog came back. But because I read these boards I found the GREAT TASTE NO PAIN diet. I can eat wheat and bread again and its exciting. I have been on it for 2 weeks now and still no brain fog. I was really scared that it was going to come back because it affects me at my job and home life. I don't know if it will help, but either one of these diets have really helped me with my Crohn's and my brain fog.