No, not everyone goes through gluten withdrawals, only the lucky ones. The symptoms can vary from mild (like a slight headache) to severe (which could include physical and emotional turmoil). Typical symptoms include nausea, depression, lightheadedness, brain fog, headaches, low energy, bloating, constipation, dehydration, dizziness, excessive joint pain, fever, sweating and extreme craving for anything that has wheat in it.
Yes you crave anything with wheat in it and may even start seeing and smelling your favorites everywhere. Your body is screaming out for wheat and it is hugely important during this time that you DO NOT GIVE IN. Not that it is ever okay to give in but mistakes do happen, this is not the time to be making any. Wheat is very addictive and by some accounts more addictive them cocaine so it is a really hard habit to remove this.
And, unfortunately what most people think is that all of these symptoms mean that your body needs wheat and that could not be farther from the truth. Your body has had more than enough wheat in its lifetime and it desperately needs a break and here is where you need to remain strong.
Like I said before only the lucky ones get the gluten withdrawals and what I meant by that is, that these are the people who truly will take this seriously. These people are the ones who can’t really be tempted because if you have had nasty withdrawals like I did for months, nothing is worth that kind of pain. No food is worth that nightmare.
Not all withdrawals last months, some last a few days or weeks. There is no specific timeframe, every person is different as are their symptoms.
The challenge is really for those who don’t have gluten withdrawals or who have minimal reactions because for you the pain or penalty wasn’t severe enough. So you are often tempted and often don’t take your health seriously enough. This is very unfortunate for you because at the end of the day the choices that we all make effect the quality of life that we live today and in the future.
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