|Posted on March 10, 2018 at 11:25 PM|
Current estimates of gluten sensitivity in the US are 30-40% of the population with the majority of these people not even being aware that they have the problem.
People who are the most sensitive end up with Celiac’s Disease. Gluten causes inflammation in the gut lining and pain.
Celiac’s Disease can cause severe symptoms (Ciliac’s) or be subclinical and exhibit almost no symptoms. With time though, people will begin to exhibit clinical symptoms: abdominal cramping, dry skin, dry hair, diarrhea, nausea, constipation, and low energy to name just a few.
So, how do Lectins cause me to gain weight and not be able to lose it?
Lectins interfere with leptin.
Leptin tells us to stop eating, stores excess calories in fat, supports the growth of blood vessels, bone, the immune system, glucose- and fat-metabolism, and the reproductive system.
In mice, the administration of leptin causes satiation and weight loss. In overweight humans it does not. Overweight humans often have high levels of leptin already. This points to Leptin Resistance as a cause of their obesity.
Lectins appear to interfere with leptin receptors, blocking leptin’s effect of controlling appetite/satiation. This may lead to an increase in glucose in the blood and start insulin resistance (Type II Diabetes) in some people.
Lectins may also contribute strongly to the metabolic syndrome.
So, where do you think you would be if you followed the old USDA food pyramid?
It recommended 6-11 servings of grain a day!
Consider how much the obesity rate in the US has gone up and you might just see a connection.
How do you reverse the process?
The first step is to get off of the foods that have potentially toxic Lectins in them. Hunter-Gatherer diets, the Paleo diet, the Atkins diet, and other similar diets will reduce your exposure to Lectins. However, you should consult with your physician/nutritionist before starting any dietary program to make sure that it is right for you and your problems.
The majority of people do not even know what a leaky gut is. Most people are surprised to learn that 70% to 80% of your immune system is in your gut! The reason for the concentration of your defensive system in this area is the bacteria that are growing there.
There are more bacteria in your gut then there are cells in your body! These bacteria help us digest and break down our food so that it can be absorbed. We supply them with things that they need and we can’t use. These include fiber and sugars that we are unable to digest or utilize. The bacteria eat these. This forms a symbiotic relationship that works quite well, when it goes as it was designed too. When the system develops a problem, we pay a price.