Be aware that even though you may be on a gluten-free diet, sometimes, you can still have swelling. Gluten free products, sometimes have other grains in it that may be GMO (genetically modified organism) ( I will blog about this later).
I have discovered that if you stop eating gluten, you will feel better, but even better, you have to detox your body from the toxins that you may have ingested be it gluten or other grains that may be GMO. What I am suggesting is that you go on a low carb or at least a No carb diet for at least 2 weeks and then see how you feel. That means a very strict no carb diet. Also, if those of you have swelling in your stomach, it is very much due to the possibility of having fructose and possible lactose intolerance. What fructose intolerance does is it makes your stomach swell and feel as though you all the mucosal lining in your gut is swollen. You can go from having a flat stomach to a stomach that looks like you are holding a basketball in it.
So in order to feel good, you need to rid your body of all the toxins. No carbohydrates, gluten and no fructose and lactose. That means, eating green leafy veggies that does not have a lot of fructose in it along with lean protein such as fish or chicken or turkey. This is not considered a diet but a way of life. Once you feel better after two weeks, you will want to continue to do this for months to come. Not only will you shed the water weight, you will not suffer the swollen belly and the water retention in your arms face hands and feet. What a relief. I did this and lost 25 lbs. I did this for 4 months and felt better than I have in a long time.
What is a gluten-free, low carb, fructose-free diet consist of you may ask?
It is not eating gluten-free store bought products. Eating gluten free processed food sometimes has too much sugar in it or fat and other things that can aggravate your stomach, so I will stay away from them. The key is eating healthy wholesome food. Try to keep to an organic way of looking at things. Also, I will limit the amount of dairy I have as it may agitate me the way fructose does.
What types of things have fructose and should be avoided?
-sodas (high fructose corn syrup), milk
-fruits: apples, pears, cherries, plum, apricots, watermelon, honey dew
-legumes- soy, beans,
-artificial sweeteners: anything that ends in -ol: sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol, maltitol
Try this and all the swelling and discomfort will go away. But you have to keep to a strict diet. You cannot stray even for one bite, as it will take a while for your body to get back to the clean state during the first 2 weeks. By doing this diet, you will put your body into ketosis and you will be getting rid of water retention, and also lose any stubborn body fat in areas that have been hard to rid of fat. You will need to purchase ketone strips to see if your body is in ketosis. These strips are used to test the ketones released from your urine as your body starts to burn fat. You can start to see if your body goes into ketosis within 1-2 weeks of being on this diet. Remember, it only works if you are gluten-free, no carb, and lactose and fructose free. I know, it seems as though you can’t have anything, but there are lots you can have and I can blog on that later. Meanwhile, I would love to hear if anyone has tried this and has been successful…. good luck. It will work if you are good at being disciplined with it.