Protect Your Immune System From LectinsBy webteam • Sep 28th, 2011 • Category: Digestive Health, Dr. Cutler's True Health Blog Archive, Immunity
Are you confused because you find it difficult to eat certain foods such as wheat and grains without experiencing stomach cramps, embarrassing gas, bloating and diarrhea? You’ve probably heard that the root cause of your intestinal woes could include that you don’t digest lactose well, are sensitive to wheat products, have a sensitive stomach or you’re getting older and some foods just “don’t agree with you” anymore.
It took scientists and researchers decades to discover why a certain food could make one person feel good, yet that same food could trigger numerous health problems in another person. Little-known sticky proteins called lectins—which make up part of a plant’s natural immune system—have been found to be the root cause of your distress.
Although lectins are beneficial for plants, they can cause problems in your body’s digestive tract. When you ingest foods containing lectins—such as wheat, barley, oats, rye, beer, grain-based alcohols, mayonnaise, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, legumes, eggs and all milk products—your body can’t digest or destroy those lectin proteins. Those proteins travel through your digestive tract, attaching themselves to healthy sugar molecules needed for effective digestion. Those sugars are now viewed as defective and your immune system tries to destroy them. Now you have an inflammatory battle in your digestive tract which can lead to…
- Upset stomach, excessive belching and flatulence
- Occasional Headaches, poor concentration and brain fog
- Weight gain, bloating and puffy eyes
- Annoying fatigue
- Joint discomfort
If you believe you have a sensitivity to lectins, you should ask your doctor to check you for “anti-gliadin antibodies and endomysium antibodies.” If either test comes back positive you should request a “celiac panel” to rule out other serious digestive problems. And in the meantime, you should try taking beneficial lectin-fighting supplements such as N-acetyl glucosamine (NAG), bladderwrack, okra powder, D-mannose, mucins, pepsin and sodium alginate.
Are Wheat And Grains Tearing Up Your Gut?
Do you find it downright difficult to eat certain foods—like grains, tomatoes, peanuts, soy or meats—without unleashing embarrassing gas, bloating, stomach cramping or loose bowels? Maybe your doctor has told you that you don’t digest lactose well. Or you’re sensitive to wheat products and glutens. Either way, your digestive concerns are making meal times stressful—and they’re wreaking havoc with your health.
If you’re sick and tired of putting up with your “sensitive stomach,” you should be aware that scientific research now shows little-known molecules called lectins can mimic all sorts of health concerns including occasional headaches… poor concentration… skin problems… bloating and puffiness… weight gain… annoying fatigue… mucus build-up… upset stomach… and joint discomfort.
But you’ll be relieved to know that a new medical breakthrough can help calm your stomach troubles by reducing and even eliminating…
- Food sensitivities—including gluten (from grains), legumes, nuts and dairy
- Post-meal fatigue
- Stomach gurgling, cramps and diarrhea
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