By Diane Irving
Several foods once considered good for us have been found to be bad foods for some people. Not everyone’s body reacts negatively to these products, but damaging reactions can occur. Researchers from Food Allergy Research and Education (F.A.R.E,) estimate 15 million Americans have food allergies. They suggest the most widespread disturbances are: milk, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, fish, and shellfish. While most of these cause severe immediate responses, some reactions to these foods and others can’t be seen or will take time to develop. It’s up to us to uncover nutritional disguises and their potential hidden harmful affects.
Don’t Toy With Soy
At one time, soy was considered a super health food. Many vegetarians use soy as a protein in their daily diet including tofu, soymilk, and veggie burgers. However, Dr. Steven Gundry, former surgeon and medical research expert, has reviewed hundreds of studies that point to problems for some individuals. He noticed a probable relationship between soy and digestive issues, disrupted thyroid health, infertility, cancer cell creation, heart disease, cognitive fog, and immune problems. If one of these diagnoses sounds familiar, try to cut soy out completely or reduce daily intake. Then, monitor what happens next. If a symptom goes away, soy may have been the problem’s source.
Deplete The Amount Of Wheat
Although for most, wheat isn’t a problem, it can cause an array of autoimmune diseases to sensitive consumers. On a typical nutrition scale, wheat grains are a part of a balanced diet. However, too much of anything can send our bodies in a tizzy. Autoimmune expert and well-known Functional Medicine leader, Dr. Amy Myers explains, “If you’ve been diagnosed with Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hashimoto’s, Multiple Sclerosis, or any other autoimmune disease, I can say without a doubt that gluten sparked the flame of your disease, and continuing to eat it is simply adding fuel to the fire.”
However, a gluten-free diet isn’t always the right answer. Whether we’re wheat eaters (grains, barley, rye) or gluten-free dieters with a high intake of starch and corn – beware of negative reactions. Gluten free products can increase the amount of starch and sugar in our diets, resulting in weight gain and ultimately lower energy levels.
Lectin, Lectin, Possibly A Wrong Selection
Beans (kidney, navy, pinto, lima, sweet green peas, lentils), grains (wheat, barley, corn, rice, oats, rye) and nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, goji berries) are a part of the food pyramid. However, all of these grocery items contain a high amount of lectins – a certain type of protein that attaches to cell membranes.
Dr. Gundry’s extensive research has led him to believe lectins have powerful toxic allergens. After observation, Dr. Gundry concluded that lectins could prevent healing and cause leaky gut. Toxic bacteria gets through the digestive tract, which may result in inflammation, skin disorders, heart disease, diabetes, thyroid distress, immune diseases, and weak blood vessels. Dr. Gundry also suggests that cooking the vegetables helps reduce the amount of lectins. Groceries low in lectins are select fruits and vegetables, seafood, eggs, and meat such as poultry. Better choices for fats include olive oil, avocado, butter, cream and lard, all of which have lower levels of lectins.
It’s not always realistic – a strict all fruit, lean protein, and leafy green diet. However, if health problems persist, it may be worth a try. Though these foods aren’t bad for everyone, it is important to decipher which innocent foods are guilty of health issues inside our bodies. The process of elimination or an allergen test can be helpful tools in discovering the truth. Dr. Marone can provide Nutrition Response Testing for those who want answers to food allergy questions. The test also helps identify immune challenges, chemical and metal toxicity levels, and scarring. Call today for more information and to set an appointment.
See Also: Gluten Intolerance: Not Sure If You Have It?
*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional. Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.
- List Of Foods That Contain Lectins by Jessica Bruso: http://www.livestrong.com/article/305368-list-of-foods-that-contain-lectin/
- Fact Sheet from F. A. R. E.: https://www.foodallergy.org/facts-and-stats
- Video from Dr. Steven Gundry: http://drgundrymd.com/170207A.php?n=tab
- Dr. Amy Myers: http://www.amymyersmd.com/2017/02/3-important-reasons-give-gluten-autoimmune-disease/