ELIMINATING LECTINS

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A GUT DAMAGING, SELF DEFENSE POISON

  1. What Are Lectins?

  2. How Do Lectins Cause & Worsen Inflammation In The Body?

  3. Common Anti-Inflammatory Foods That Contain Lectins

  4. How Can You Rid Lectins?

  5. Why It’s Important To Consume Lectin Free Anti-Inflammatory Foods

 

What Are Lectins?

Lectins are a protein in the cell membranes of certain foods that bind them together for protection and growth. They play the role of being the intermediate between linking and binding bacteria and viruses to their intended victim.

In an anti-inflammatory diet lectins are found in the membrane (outer shell) of the seed, that eventually grows into the leaves of the plant. These lectins are commonly found in legumes, vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts and act as a self-defense method against predators like; microorganisms, insects and humans.

How Do Lectins Cause & Worsen Inflammation In The Body?

                              Photo Credit: www.DrJockers.com

                             Photo Credit: www.DrJockers.com

Lectins, from an anti-inflammatory diet, protect the seed from breaking down when ingested. Creating an inflammatory response from our immune system that irritates the lining of our digestive tract. Ultimately, developing or worsening symptoms associated with autoimmune disorders and a leaky gut.

Going a step further. This means less nutrients are being absorbed during digestion. Causing the body to become malnourished. Making it even more susceptible to disease or worsening autoimmune disorders like; Crohn’s disease, IBS or Celiac’s.

Common Anti-Inflammatory Foods That Contain Lectins?

Between legumes, vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts; the biggest worry of lectins comes from the ones we consume in seed or bean form. Although leaves contain lectins, the lectin containing foods in the My Simple Changes anti-inflammatory diet usually avoids consuming the leaves.

The most worrisome lectins come from:

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Quinoa, rice, lentils, kidney beans, pinto beans, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and coconut all contain lectins. As well as, some spices. Including caraway, nutmeg, peppermint and marjoram.

 

All other anti-inflammatory foods containing lectins are judged on a case by case basis. Making it even more important to pay attention to the response your body has when consuming them. This will allow you to know where you stand on how much irritation they cause to your system.

Remember how you feel after every meal. Over time, as the irritants list shortens, you'll start see your common irritants are. This is also why taking a food allergy test is important. Once you eliminate the foods you know for sure cause an allergic reaction to you, it's easier to notice what is happening to your body from everything else, hence lectins. It takes time, but you'll start to see the patterns of how you feel.

How Can You Rid Lectins?

Luckily, it's known how to counter their defense and requires little extra effort.

Four ways to either eliminate or greatly reduce the effects of the lectins from the My Simple Changes anti-inflammatory menu:

 Sprouted foods are richer in nutrients, more easily digestible and remove the risk of gut inhibitors (like lectins).

Sprouted foods are richer in nutrients, more easily digestible and remove the risk of gut inhibitors (like lectins).

  1. Soaking

  2. Cooking

  3. Sprouting

  4. Fermenting

 

When executing one of these methods the lectin membrane is softened and nearly all of the lectin content is removed. The amount of time to achieve this result does vary with each food. For instance, soaking kidney beans requires a more substantial amount of time and cooked at higher temperature to diminish the amount of lectins it contains. Another example would be with quinoa. You can usually achieve removing the lectins from quinoa with 30 to 60 minutes of soaking before preparing.

Why It’s Important To Consume Lectin Free Anti-Inflammatory Foods

  Digestion Boosting Milk & Cookies.    All refined sugars, heavy cream, dairy, processed ingredients and common additives associated with the many variations of this dessert have been removed. By soaking the nuts ahead of time we've also removed all harmful lectins that irritate symptoms associated with a leaky gut.     All of which, play a role in creating, feeding and building more inflammation in our bodies. Making our organs and system work harder to process these substances when it needs to spend all of it's energy pulling the healthy nutrients from clean foods.    Full Recipe:  bit.ly/RawChocCookie

Digestion Boosting Milk & Cookies.

All refined sugars, heavy cream, dairy, processed ingredients and common additives associated with the many variations of this dessert have been removed. By soaking the nuts ahead of time we've also removed all harmful lectins that irritate symptoms associated with a leaky gut.

All of which, play a role in creating, feeding and building more inflammation in our bodies. Making our organs and system work harder to process these substances when it needs to spend all of it's energy pulling the healthy nutrients from clean foods. 

Full Recipe: bit.ly/RawChocCookie

First instincts are to either avoid foods containing lectins or not take any action with removing them. In a diet centered around consuming anti-inflammatory foods to heal the body and build a stronger immune system, the foods that contain lectins play an important role with providing key nutrients to regulate digestion, provide healthy fiber and build good bacteria back into the body. These anti-inflammatory foods allow the irritated digestive tract to heal and as a result more nutrients are able to absorb and feed the rest of the body.

For example, nuts provide a variety of nutrients offer a blend of antioxidants, minerals and nutrients like vitamin E, K and B6. As well as phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, iron, selenium and many more. All of which reduce inflammation, heal inflammation and are important for building a stronger body to fight inflammation. While promoting healthier digestion.

In Summary

Consuming lectins heightens and grows symptoms associated with inflammation and autoimmune disorders. Consuming foods free of lectins aids in calming symptoms associated with inflammation and autoimmune disorders. Allowing your body to absorb a more substantial amount of nutrients. Ultimately, feeding all areas of your body with the necessary nutrients to live a happier and healthier life, now, and avoiding the risks of major ailments and diseases.