Here’s more of the “week of shorts” with anecdotes about how various grains and preparations affect people’s digestion. You know what I’m talking about! Yesterday we heard a full health makeover story from Amy, and you can see all the anecdotes archived at the soaking grains research page after the week is over.
Here’s Kami from Birth with Confidence:
My 2 year old son (who is now off gluten to heal his gut) has had very grainy poops since he began eating grains. I didn’t know why but didn’t think about it too much. It always took several wipes to get his bum even halfway clean, and then I would usually wash it too to get it all the way clean. He began having seizures, which through study, research, and prayer, I traced to a gluten intolerance.
Shortly before his third seizure however, at 24 mos. old, I decided to only give him grains that had been soaked or sprouted. The result? His poop changed COMPLETELY. All of the sudden, I was able to wipe it off of his bum with one wipe…no need for a bath or several wipes to get it clean. Unfortunately, three days later, he had his third seizure and since then he has been gluten free (for 3 months now) so we can heal his gut. But, because of that experience, I have great confidence that eventually, he will be able to tolerate soaked/sprouted grains. I could not believe how immediate the improvement was. That right there is enough for me!
He did just get into some soaked muffins the other day and I am happy to say I didn’t notice any after “effects” in his diaper…. Also, since my son has been gluten free, my husband and I have also eaten mainly gluten free too. That is mostly because with our small family of 4, only 3 people eating (1 breastfeeding), it’s too much to prepare two different meals. We splurged and bought a loaf of whole grain artisan bread and I hadn’t had bread in such a long time, that I over ate…I ate about 5-6 big pieces throughout the day.
That night…I noticed! My bowels definitely were affected. I never noticed any digestion problems before with gluten but after not having it, then kind of overloading on it, my body definitely noticed. So interesting! But, when I soak or sprout, I do not have that effect. Pretty neat!
My question for Kami, that I’m hoping she’ll answer in the comments, is this: Have you given your son any gluten-free grains that have been soaked or sprouted, vs. any gluten-free grains out of the home that were conventionally prepared?
Here’s another note from Cara of Health, Home, & Happiness:
I make bread for a gluten-sensitive friend. She’s not celiac, but she says that she gets ‘GI distress’ from store bought bread, but is fine with my bread. I soak in yogurt, though, so it might be more fermented? Also, she says that she can’t do white bread that isn’t homemade/soaked either. I make her wheat anyway because I think she needs to eat whole wheat. (“GI” = gastrointestinal, or digestive)
For our family, I was making whole wheat bread for a few months before finding the Nourishing Traditions method of soaking in an acid medium. The bread was often dry and/or brick-like. And it “went through” way too fast. Hubby and I don’t get GI troubles from store bought white, but if we eat wheat bread that’s unsoaked, it also “goes through too quick”. I usually soak in yogurt, but I’ve done as suggested with ACV when I didn’t have yogurt or was being completely dairy free for a while, and both work for us.
Here is Cara’s soaked wheat bread recipe if you’re interested.
Why am I sharing these personal stories of soaking grains? There’s really no body of research on human subjects about the effects of soaked grains vs. unsoaked whole grains on the digestive system. Much of what we know, we learn from traditional cultures and personal observation. There is a place for personal observation, I believe, next to scientific research, especially when it comes to food. If it makes someone feel better, that’s a piece of evidence that I want to know about.
Catch up on all the soaking grains research to find out what soaking grains means, the questions I’ve asked about the process, and the information I’ve uncovered.
More anecdotal “shorts” all week long!
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