This is a complex topic for which there is a great deal of sometimes contradictory research.
However, the easiest approach to seeing if wheat is causing an inflammatory response in your body is to quit eating wheat for 1-2 weeks. It’s not as hard as it sounds – there are gluten free replacements for almost any food item in a typical diet. Most people seem to notice a change in a condition that is troublesome right away. For me it was the almost debilitating hip and knee pain that would come after a short time sitting in the car. I would be limping after a 5 minute drive. When I quit wheat that cleared up almost immediately. (Dairy -cow’s milk- products are also way up there in terms of inflammatory effects on the body.)
I have been motivated over the last 10 years to heal myself without medication, and the only other option has been through diet. So far so good, asthma is gone, (I finally put together the chronic allergic inflammation and severe asthma) chronic fatigue is 90% reduced, fibromyalgia is gone, and inflammation is overall 80-90% reduced. Energy levels are up and depression/mental fog is also gone. My commitment has been a promise I made to my daughters to live until 100. I am my word, so I work hard to make sure this is how it goes.
Personally I found that I had to try several approaches to find what worked for my body. When I quit eating wheat, and went gluten free, the sometimes severe joint pain I was experiencing stopped, and the chronic fatigue lifted slowly over time. This was also with the help of thyroid support herbals supplements. I used Arjuna, Ashwaganda (India) and Schishandra (China) together to good effect. I later went on to quit carbs altogether and that is when/how the fibromyalgia I have been experiencing since 2008 went away, and the severe bloating in my belly reduced by about 80%. I believe coffee irritation is causing the remaining inflammation, but I haven’t quit coffee yet!
I will add some links to some of the notable sources on the following topics:
The KETO diet was originally used for children with epilepsy who’s epilepsy was not responding to drugs. Dr. Berg on that link on sources of inflammation; he shares a lot of his knowledge of bio-chemistry/physiology, nutrition science, for anyone who is looking to figure out what is going on in their own body and address it through diet. He also sells various supplements, and my link to his video is not an endorsement of his products.
To see a documentary on the effectiveness of the KETO approach to reducing epilepsy, and for adults, improving everything from stage 4 cancer to severe heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimers, watch The Magic Pill. (may be on youtube also streaming on Netflix Spring 2019).
The author is Dr William Davis, of the book series that started with Wheat Belly
Dr. Andrew Weil, Columbia University, was one of the early adopters of the viewpoint that chronic inflammation is the source of poor health and diet is the key to regaining good health. He has multiple resources on how to improve one’s health through diet, specifically addressing the role of inflammation and discussing anti-inflammatory diets. Note: Dr. Weil includes carbohydrates as a major source of calories and nutrition in his anti-inflammatory diet. This runs counter to the other trends on eating for wellness, specifically the low carbohydrate KETO diet approach.
The key is finding what works and doesn’t work for your own body, and connecting with your own commitment to good health.