In my experience, about 75-80 percent of ALL Americans benefit from avoiding grains, even whole sprouted grains. This is true whether you have gluten intolerant or not.
Grains rapidly break down to sugar in your body, which causes elevations in
insulin which exacerbate health problems such as:
High blood pressure
Type 2 diabetes
The undigested gluten often trigger your immune system to attack the lining of your small intestine, which can cause symptoms like diarrhea or constipation, nausea, and abdominal pain. Over time, your small intestine becomes increasingly damaged and less able to absorb nutrients such as iron and calcium. This in turn can lead to anemia, osteoporosis and other health problems.
1. Interfere with digestive/absorptive activities.
2. Stimulates the synthesis of pro-inflammatory chemicals causing pain.
3. Inhibiting nerve growth factor
4. Coat myelin sheath of the nerves -- leading to cell death
5. Interfere with gene expression
6. Disrupt endocrine function
7. Share similarities with certain viruses
What about Sprouted Healthy Bread?
Wheat lectins are found in the highest concentrations in "whole wheat," including its supposedly superior sprouted form. Be responsible do a study on yourself.
What about Spelt, Oats, Barley and Rye?
All seeds of the grass family (rice, wheat, spelt, rye, etc.) have high levels of lectin. According to statistics from the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, an average of one out of every 33 otherwise healthy people in the United States suffers from this digestive disease the other 25 are just intolerant toward the food.
"Gluten" comes from the Greek word for glue, and its adhesive properties hold bread and cake together. But those same properties interfere with the breakdown and absorption of nutrients, including the nutrients from other foods in the same meal.
The result is a glued-together constipating lump in your gut rather than a nutritious, easily digested meal.
The undigested gluten then triggers your immune system to attack the lining of your small intestine, which can cause symptoms like diarrhea or constipation, nausea, and abdominal pain.
Over time, your small intestine becomes increasingly damaged and less able to absorb nutrients such as iron and calcium. This in turn can lead to anemia, osteoporosis and other health problems.
Should You Give up Grains? Please be aware that gluten can be hidden in many foods including soups, soy sauce, candies, cold cuts, and various low-and no-fat products so you will need to be sure to check the labels before you eat it. Also watch out for malt, starches, hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), texturized vegetable protein (TVP) and natural flavoring. Some pharmaceuticals, vinegars and alcohol can also contain gluten. When you lay of the gains and begin to feel better you might become more anal about itty bits of glutin.
Liquid Light Breakfasts allow you to have great food for breakfast and avoid
the lectins found in glutin carb food. In the next blog we will begin to get you making smoothies.
Your homework is to find out what Blood type you really are.