LECTINS and INFLAMMATION - nasty, natural little poisons causing “autoimmune” challenges

There are lots of ways in which inflammation is created in our bodies - unwittingly; there are lots of ways we can eliminate it from our bodies - mindfully.

There are lots of ways inflammation mimics other disease symptomss; lots of ways inflammation stealthfully triggers other health issues; lots ignored ways for inflammation to hide from us, as mother nature soldiers on!
Often it’s the hidden reason for continued weight gain and continued weight loss struggles, no matter how much hard work; it stealthfully lingers in spite of detox efforts...
Inflammation zaps our energy; plays a part in water retention; diminishes our available specific white cells for other important repair work; diminishes certain enzymes also needed for other important repair work; leaves us with sore joints; exacerbates already damgaed tissues further – skin and arteries and veins - as examples.

How depressing! NOT

Inflammation is actually not that difficult to spot once you know.
Include embracing some food changes; ASK some basic questions and seriously work down this basics list; experiment and voila!

Here’s the basic check list for inflammation abatement: the one your doctor should give you WAY BEFORE any suggestion of meds or pain killers or pharmaceuticals come into the conversation.
In no particular order, but a bare minimum and by no means the only way, before anyone calls in the specialists and pharmaceuticals:

* High dosages of vitamin D3 (gelcaps and high concentrate D3 drops - not the pill variety). A friend laughed at me the other day and commented sardonically – why don’t you just go and sit in the sun! It's not effective enough for therapeutic value to expose a bit of skin– just for topping up an already happy body it’s okay. So that’s not what this is about... We want to have a a therapeutic dosage, such as 50,000 IU per day for several months to increase healing (esp. of the parathyroid, thyroid and stem cells everywhere, esp the gut). Much more wisdom at http://www.vitaminDcouncil.org. After a serious vitamin D increase, your GP/doctor can have your Vitamin D tested... Not just any old test but the 25HydroxyVitaminD test.

* Parasites are a source of inflammation (they set up housekeeping and poop). The sooner they leave, the easier to continue with other aspects of healing inflammation. More on this at: http://www.pacificholistic.com/parasites.

* Intermittent fasting allows for micro-mini detoxing sessions - during the non-eating hours our enzymes have an opportunity to facilitate cleanup from accumulated sluggishness / stubborn toxins / to some degree environmental toxicity.

* Specific enzyme supplementation - not for digestion – but proteolytic, quality enzymes such as European wobenzymes or as an example M7+ (when used for non-digestive issues) from the Canadian company Naturpharm, allow more easy cleanup and separation of red cells and a limited time window of feisty ‘packmen - scavengers’ type cleanup of our blood supply and tissues.

* Removal of the toxic load and inflammation producing organophosphates, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and glysophates that are now almost deemed accepted from our daily eating... i.e. eat organic.

* Adding Brazil nuts (only food with a decent amount of the trace mineral selenium) for easy absorption (as opposed to supplementing with a pill) - selenium is a necessary but often missing co-factor - so we can make our own internal, natural, anti-inflammatory called L-glutathione (assuming one eats a broad range of proteins including all of the essential amino acids).

* Make a concerted effort to remove pharmaceuticals unless direly necessary – they don’t always need to be a constant companion for everyone. There are vbrilliant alternative substitutes. You could be questioning the need for statins; finding alternatives for proton pump inhibitors; finding natural blood pressure lowering methods, see for example http://www.pacificholistic.com/cholesterol

* Then there are herbal teas that are easy to brew that support the lymph (clean up system) to gently move toxins along to the exit - cleavers and plantain are two inexpensive ones.

AND THE PIECE DE RESISTANCE! Removal of the lectins.

These little natural poisons that continue to work as poisons once we have eaten them, add significantly to our bodies inflammatory condition when we have accumulated a lot of the above mentioned hazards and we have reached a threshold of what our bodies can take on the chin! Worth a try for several months.

Lectins (a protein) are not to be confused with leptins (a hormone) - one letter difference and one huge functional difference!
Lectins, however, are the self defense systems in plants.
As Dr. Gundry, heart surgeon, who specializes in lectin information, so cutely puts it: “plants don’t want to be eaten by us until they are mature and for some, or not at all and they can’t run away. Poisons are their only defense!
Two examples come to mind.
There are minute particles of toxicity in the shoots of sprouts - quite simply, the juicy tender little stems are very attractive to bugs, vermin, some herbivores and humans. The only way these little succulent baby plants can survive their initial growing stages is by incorporating deterrents - otherwise none of the sprouting plants would make it to maturity.
Another example is the tincture made from the green hull enveloping the black walnut. There’s no way a squirrel, for example will want to bite down on that poisonous green hull in order to get to the walnut meat. We make a tincture from this poison in the green hull as a very effective anti-parasitical. Once the walnut is ripe and mature, it drops to the ground and the green hull becomes dark brown, falls off and the nut is up for grabs. The nut remains toxin free - that's why no one soaks walnuts. Very clever!

We know this to some degree when we avoid the nightshades, nicotinoids and solanines, etc. We simultaneously avoid lectins when we avoid these glyco-alkinoids. More on this at http://www.pacificholistic. com/nightshades These poisons are greatly removed (but not completely) by peeling all our tubers, eggplants, tomatoes, green peppers, etc, as the toxins are most concentrated at the exteriors/skins. The hulls surrounding all types of wheat have lectins as protectors, as do most all grains and rice. Once hulled they are pretty safe (this is so contrary to everything we learned was healthy!). Beans (such as string, lima, fava and soy beans), peas and lentils are also full of lectins that are even harder to destroy except for with with pressure cooking to some degree. They cannot be hulled and are best avoided.
Root vegetables, need to be peeled... which we already tend to do with jicamas, parsnips, beets, turnips, sweet potatoes, yams, etc except we tend not to peel regular potatoes and carrots. Peeling these or avoiding those lectin harbouring plant skins would be a smart anti-inflammatory move.

Nuts, once properly ripened in their trees, are good, assuming you don’t eat the hulls, or dark attached skins as these also contain self-defense poisons (such as the skins on Brazil nuts and almonds). As a kid I remember we went through a lot of almonds at Xmas time and my job was to remove many batches of skins - just by letting the nuts sit for 1 minute in scalding water - and then slipping them out of their ‘jackets’. 

Peanuts are not nuts. Peanuts are a legume that live and thrive in the ground and have a tonne of lectins as they are under constant threat from underground predators: bugs, beetles, vermin, etc. Then they also need to be treated with fumicides as most crops are rife with fungus from the moist earth they grew and ripened in. And to add insult to injury after all that – most major brands remove the peanut oil from the nut and replace it with the pro-inflammatory cottonseed oil, while calling this a natural flavoring on the label.

The gourds also have protective poisons in their rinds - so peel the pumpkins, and large squashes (obviously!) and personally, I find that zucchini is almost non-offensive.

Cashews are seeds (not a bean as is recently the perceived fad) that grow high up in trees in yellow pods. They are tasty and useful and a staple in vegan diets (for making fake cheeses and butters). Best to give cashews a serious soak before enjoying them.

Unripe fruits are high in lectins as they are not ready to be spread around... (bears, for example, know exactly when bearries are ripe and consume them and poop them out and with this automatically spread the seeds. Once fruits are nice and ripe, they have edible skins and right in tune with nature as the ripe fruit has great phyto nutrients for us (as opposed to unripe fruits that are ripened with gasses while journeying to the big-box stores).

The rind of citrus fruits also contain lectins - but we don’t often eat these.

Granted - every food has it’s downside in some way - it’s about choosing what’s best for you.
AND there's lots left to choose from:
meats - all pasture-raised - not tortured and fed poisonous high lectin foods - including chicken, cows, bison, etc
eggs from un-tortured chickens
dairy made from the above - milk, chesses,
cooked, peeled tubers
all leafy green vegetables
cruciferous vegetables (but you can always peel the stems off broccoli and asparagus, just to be safe)
celery, shallots, garlic and onions
white and rose wines in very great moderation (still sugar!) but minus the skins
all good oils and fats – obviously not corn, canola, peanut and soy oil

The foods listed above include the ones you might be wanting to include in your shopping as a possible anti-dote to Alzheimer's disease just to be cautious:
walnuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts
salmon, mackerel, sardines, other fatty fish
spinach, kale, other leafy greens (remove stems)
coffee and chocolate

More on this topic with Dr Mercola at https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/08/14/reduce- lectins-in-your-diet.aspx

Merrie Bakker


DISCLAIMER: As annoying as this is... this article is intended for informational purposes only and heaven forbid... and you know that I know that you know that I have to write this... nothing in this piece is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, especially if one has thyroid challenges...
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