Plants, don’t want to die, and if you eat them, they die. Many plants have developed compounds that are toxic to any predator including humans. Because plants can’t move around to protect themselves from invaders they have dealt with this threat against their life by building up toxic anti-nutrient compounds like lectins, gluten, and phytates.
LECTINS are bad. They are heat-stable and resistant to breakdown in the gastrointestinal tract, they bind to the human intestinal lining and block nutrients from being absorbed, as well as initiating mild allergic reactions. Lectins also have a strong correlation with leptin resistance. Leptin is a hormone that is made by your brain, telling your body to stop eating. Lectin, from grains, ruins your body’s ability to regulate leptin causing you to begin overeating. Leptin resistance is, among many other destructive things, associated with metabolic syndrome as well as obesity. (All that fun stuff just from a little bit of lectin!)
GLUTEN might be even worse. Gluten, found in wheat, rye, and barley, is a composite of the proteins giladin and glutenin. Around 1% of the population are celiacs, people who are completely and utterly intolerant to any gluten. In celiacs, any gluten in the diet IS disastrous. We’re talking compromised calcium and vitamin D3 levels, hyperparathyroidism, bone defects. Really terrible stuff. And it gets worse: just because you’re not celiac doesn’t mean you aren’t susceptible to the ravages of gluten. As researchers highlights, one study showed that 29% of of none celiac people nonetheless tested positive for anti-gliadin IgA in their stool. Anti-gliadin IgA is an antibody produced by the gut, and it remains there until it’s dispatched to ward off gliadin – a primary component of gluten. Basically, the only reason anti-gliadin IgA ends up in your stool is because your body sensed an impending threat – gluten. If gluten poses no threat, the anti-gliadin IgA stays in your gut. And to think, most humans eat this stuff on a daily basis.
PHYTATES. Phytates have been shown to inhibit the absorption of dietary minerals like calcium, copper, magnesium, iron, and zinc. Phytate molecules from the grain attach to minerals in the digestive tract and make them unavailable to the body. They are then excreted in the waste. So much for all those healthy vitamins and minerals you need for your health!! It is always sad to hear new practice members tell us that they are spending a fortune on mineral supplements, and then talk about how they are eating a high grain diet.
The results people have achieved by removing, or even at the beginning, minimizing grain consumption has been amazing. I know how much better I look, feel, and perform not eating grains.