Other than feeling better and having more energy and not having the issues that eating gluten caused there have been other side effects from being gluten free that I did not expect.
The ability to lose weight was an amazing side effect of going gluten
free. I dropped around twenty pounds rather quickly and have been able to
keep a majority of it off. Being PCOS and lacking the correct hormones to
lose weight has been an issue in my life. So when I started dropping some
of the extra it was a great feeling.
Less aches and pains: for those that have gluten sensitivity, gluten
intolerance or celiac, it can hurt. Since you are not getting everything
you need from food due to the food not being absorbed correctly things like
joints and muscles can start to hurt for no real reason. This can get
annoying and there is only so many nsaids you can take to make the pain go away
before they start messing with your stomach. Now after being gluten free
for about a year, most of those aches have gone away.
The most surprising side effect from being gluten free is that my eyesight
has gotten better. I went to an eye appointment last week and found that
my prescription had dropped from -2.5 and -3.0 to -2.0 and -2.5. . My prescription hasn't been this good since I
was a junior in high school. Who knew that by having an intestinal issue
and an allergy/sensitivity to gluten could affect eyesight. Not only that, but
my eye photograph (digital retinal photography) came back with no issues. I know that I don't have
diabetes (I knew this from the numerous studies they have done due to having
PCOS, they assume you have diabetes.) I don't have high blood pressure or an
issue with my cholesterol, so in essence it was a great health check as well as
an eye exam. Downside of all of this is that I had to pay for new lenses
for my glasses.
The Doctor explained this as the eyes will show a person how healthy they
are, while I will always have glasses since my eye is slightly off of what is
perfect, my prescription strength can be an indicator to something going
wrong. I stayed the same prescription strength
for a few years after high school and was thinking of getting my eyes fixed
when I started changing a little each year.
That is probably when I started having issues with celiac. So watch those little clues since they can
tell you a lot about yourself.