The Effects of Dietary Lectins (Pt. 2)
If you haven’t read part one of this article, please follow this link to catch up on what you’ve missed.
We brushed up on the basics of my silly comparison and basic understanding of the wonderful study presented by the Colorado State University, and I think it’s time I finish the deed and really let you in on why this is all relevant. The comparison that I’m making is actually rather straight forward, or at least, it seems like it to me. This tree has water and wood, and grain and milk got added to this original mixture. Now, let’s assume for a minute that this tree has a similar autoimmune system as we do. With no problems, the tree would seek to purge these grains and the milk without impacting the water and wood. However, with an autoimmune disorder, the tree might not be able to tell between water and milk, or grain and wood. It will seek to purge what it sees as an intrusive element, but it will remove the water and wood while it’s at it.
This is the theory behind the study. It suggests that when ingested, the dietary lectins found in both grains and dairy are similar enough to two components inside of our bodies that when faced with an autoimmune disorder, our bodies will begin breaking down these two components along with the grain and milk. As you can guess, this results in a long-winded degradation of someone’s condition.
A golden question someone might ask is, what includes these, needless to say, bad lectins? Luckily, a list was compiled of the common culprits, and they are as follows: Peanut, jack bean, horse gram, hyacinth bean, soyabean, barley, lentil, winged bean, rice, mung bean, scarlet runner bean, lima bean, kidney bean, garden pea, castor bean, potato, wheat and horse bean.
Here’s something fancy associated with switching to a grain/dairy free diet (Did you know the paleo diet restricts grain and dairy?) when faced with rheumatoid arthritis. Diets that don’t include grain and dairy have been proven to be as effect as corticosteroids in treating those with arthritis and, unbelievably enough, a super high total of 84% sample patients entered remission because of the dietary switch. They made sure to note that the most common food intolerance for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis is cereal grains, dairy products and yeast.
Without any data tampering, the evidence is clearly there that switching to a paleolithic diet has significant implications for those with arthritis. It’s been proven that grains and dairy products influence the symptoms and degradation of arthritis, and it’s been proven that diet impacts the longevity of a human being and that it is the most important factor in a lot of our modern-day conditions. Remember that the paleo diet is a diet specifically designed for our bodies, as it’s what we’ve been evolved to process and digest.
In conclusion, what exactly is there to lose by trying out the paleo diet? You’ve tried enough medications to last a lifetime, and you’re certainly tired of feeling achy and being reduced to a bed not because you worked yourself too hard but because your body decided that day was the best day to have a flare up. There are dozens of success stories from people who have arthritis or a similar condition. Each and every single one of them claim the same thing: Switching to a paleo diet made them feel better than how they felt on a normal diet, and it reduced the severity of symptoms, some to the point of total disease remission.
While that result does not happen for everyone, you’ll be doing your body a favour by trying the diet out. All it takes is thirty days of dedication and you may very well unlock the key to living a pain free life, or at least a life where injecting yourself with horrible medications is no longer a necessity.
It seems like a fairy tale. The best thing?
It’s completely real.