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Good Foods Bad Foods

Good Foods Bad Foods

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.

 

 

Sources

  1. List Of Foods That Contain Lectins by Jessica Bruso: http://www.livestrong.com/article/305368-list-of-foods-that-contain-lectin/
  1. Fact Sheet from F. A. R. E.: https://www.foodallergy.org/facts-and-stats
  1. Video from Dr. Steven Gundry: http://drgundrymd.com/170207A.php?n=tab
  1. Dr. Amy Myers: http://www.amymyersmd.com/2017/02/3-important-reasons-give-gluten-autoimmune-disease/

 

 

 

 

gluten-intolerance

Gluten Intolerance: Not Sure If You Have It?

Gluten intolerance is difficult to diagnose because several other issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome or celiac disease, may cause many of the same symptoms. There is no definitive test to tell a doctor that someone specifically has gluten intolerance, so doctors are often hesitant to attribute symptoms to it.

Self-Testing for Gluten Intolerance

If you suspect that you may have gluten intolerance, you can do some testing of your own. The first step is an elimination diet. For 1-3 months, remove all gluten from your diet. Gluten is found in wheat, rye, and barley. This means eliminating most pizza, pasta, breads, cereals, cakes, cookies, etc. Watch food labels, as gluten is hidden in many of the processed foods we eat.

Instead, replace these foods with ones that have anti-inflammatory benefits such as fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, organic meats and raw dairy products. Also use alternative grains such as quinoa, amaranth, brown rice, almond flour, coconut flour, chickpea flour, millet, buckwheat, teff, or sorghum. At the end of this period, re-introduce gluten. If you felt better when gluten was out of your diet and worse when it returned, you probably have a gluten intolerance.

Muscle Testing to Determine Gluten Intolerance

Muscle testing is another way to determine if you are experiencing an allergic reaction to gluten. (This testing is done without penetrating the skin or using any invasive procedures.) Once the gluten intolerance is confirmed, we can modify the way the body responds to it. This is not necessarily a life-long issue. Once the body is desensitized and then when the proper digestive enzymes are added, gluten can be broken down by the body again without symptoms. If you are interested in muscle testing to determine your body’s reaction to gluten, give us a call at 864-963-9304 for a free consultation.

*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.