LECTINS & PHYTIC ACID: THEIR DAMAGING ROLE IN
IBS, Arthritis, Depression, Fatigue, Pain, Headches, etc.
Lectins and phytic acid are causes in search of diseases.” 

SYMPTOMS OF LECTIN DISCOMFORT
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PAIN, BLOATING, GAS, DIARRHEA

Your body has a miraculous ability to heal itself. In fact, your body is the only healing system that can bring you back into balance when disease strikes.

Traditional medicine can support that process in an acute emergency, but it is God (your own body) ALONE that has the ability to heal. What determines a person's state of health?  The DAILY accumulation of nutrition in the form of food, water, supplements, exercise, sleep, work and STRESS.
  
 
Lectins & Phytic Acid--little known to the public at large. Little understood by the health community. Omnipresent in our conventional food culture. Proven to be at least mildly detrimental for everyone and downright destructive for the more sensitive (and often unsuspecting) among us. We’re talking lectins & phytic acid: cloaked thugs of the anti-nutrient underworld. In short, lectins and phytic acid thrive in the American diet basically unfettered, and un-scrutinized. Make no mistake, however, they’re a menacing power to be reckoned with.

          Is it an Allergy or Food Sensitivity/Intolerance?

                                                (Click Here to find out the difference)
 

COMMON SYMPTOMS OF LECTIN and/or PHYTIC ACID SENSITIVITY:

THREE LITTLE LECTINS WENT TO TOWN
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WHO KNEW?

  • Abdominal pain,
  • Bloating,
  • Gas,
  • Constipation,
  • Diarrhea, and
  • Passage of mucus in the stool.

Patients who have these symptoms may undergo a series of examinations (colonoscopy and endoscopy and other tests, but in most cases, no specific disease is found.

Typically, the symptoms are simply classified as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and treated with the following medications--and there are dozens of them:  from medicines for
 diarrhea and constipation, to antibiotics, antidepressants, and antispasmadics, etc. etc., all in the hope of producing more symptom relief, than side effects; however, these medicines do not address the underlying cause(s) of the symptoms, and often do more harm than good. 

Patients are also advised to reduce their stress level and seek psychological counseling, since excessive stress is very likely a contributing factor in many cases of IBS.

Unfortunately, the conventional medical approach is usually unsuccessful.  Indeed, the name IBS is really a "face-saving" acknowledgment of our true ignorance--PATIENTS WITH  IBS ALREADY KNOW THAT THEIR BOWELS ARE "IRRITABLE!!!

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THE MANY FACES OF ANTI-NUTRIENTS

The Spirit of Health approach to treating IBS does not involve conventional medicines. 
 
Instead dietary considerations
and effective nutritional, "whole-food" supplements is our primary focus. These include (1) diet restrictions, (2) digestive and systemic enzymes, (3) whole food supplements, (4) lectin & phytic acid modifiers that bind the offending proteins, and (5) HCl supplements.

Research has shown that as many as two-thirds of people will improve or become symptom--free if they identify and avoid the foods to which they are intolerant! 

Often enzyme supplements are the missing ingredient.
When taken consistently, they purify the blood by breaking down undigested proteins, cellular debris, and other toxins. With the blood healthy again, the body gradually rebuilds itself and replenishes its storehouse of enzymes.

Results from numerous studies show that the most IBS offending foods are: (1) wheat, (2) corn, (3) dairy products, (4) nuts, (5) coffee & tea, and (6) citrus fruits.

In one study of 189 patients with IBS who followed an elimination diet for 3 weeks, 48.2% improved. The number of FOOD INTOLERANCES varied from 1 to 19 per person, with half of the patients reacting to 2 to 5 foods. The foods most commonly causing symptoms are (% in parenthesis):** Nanda R, et al. Food intolerance and the irritable bowel syndrome (Gut 1989;30:1099-1104)
    
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Dairy Products (40.7%)
        ·         Onions (35.2%)
        ·         Wheat (29.7%)
        ·         Chocolate (27.5%)
        ·         Coffee ( 24.2%)
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Eggs (23.3%)
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Nuts (18.0%)
        ·        
Citrus (17.8%)
        ·        
Tea (17.6%)
        ·        
Rye (17.6%)
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Potatoes (15.4%)
        ·        
Barley (13.3%)
        ·        
Oats (12.1%)
        ·         Corn (11.1%)
   
  
Of 73 patients who avoided their symptom-provoking foods, all but 1 remained well for more than a year--without toxic drugs.

WHAT FOOD IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
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PSYCHONEUROIMMUNOENDOCRINE 
PHARMACOLOGICAL DISORDER, 
 
"SAY... WHAT???"
 
It's a made up word, but I'm trying to make a point. The psycho (mind) is linked with the neuro (nervous system), linked to the immuno (immune function), linked to the endocrine (hormonal controls), etc. etc,  in a series of pharmacological (chemical) events.

Simply it means that the whole body needs to be treated--not an isolated part! And what treats the whole body? Our diet and the lifestyle choices we make---in other words, the daily accumulation of nutrition in the form of food, water, supplements, exercise, sleep, work, and stress. 

PSYCHONEUROIMMUNOENDOCRINE--PHARMACOLOGICAL--DISORDER, would be an amusing description, were it not sad, to describe some patients' long journeys (much like the word itself), that included thousands of dollars spent on doctors, tests, and ineffective treatments; years of suffering; and frustration at being told that their problems were either purely emotional, or hormonal, and/or immune related, etc. etc.... "just take the meds, and come back in 2 months."
 
What about the whole body? What about simple dietary and lifestyle changes that can affect the entire organism?
    In my opinion many people once they make healthy dietary changes geared to their individual  "bio-uniqueness" show marked improvement in their IBS symptoms.

In fact,
many patients, after discovering that their bowel problems could be cured simply by avoiding lectins and phytic acids found in wheat, corn, nuts, or dairy products (through the process of an elimination diet), experienced alternating joy and anger (at their previous doctors)---a significant improvement over alternating constipation and diarrhea.
 It might seem like a useless academic exercise to consider whether food-induced IBS represents an allergic reaction or food intolerance. (Click here to read more about their differences) After all, isn't the treatment the same---avoiding the offending food no matter what you call it?

LECTINS & PHYTIC ACID

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Much of food intolerance is caused by natural protein molecules called lectins that are found in a variety of plants, including grains, vegetables, fruits, and in animals that eat them. 
 
Lectin proteins resist digestion, which can irritate your digestion, and cause cramping and bowel discomfort. Left unchecked, the cycle of incomplete digestion of lectins can lead to an immune reaction or metabolic rejectivity syndrome -- responsible for a host of symptoms, including headaches, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, depression, and poor circulation. 
 
Phytic acid, the storage form of phosphorous that is found (along with lectin proteins) in many of the same plants (grains, seeds, and nuts), ALSO prevents us from absorbing the minerals we need. Although herbivores like cows and sheep can digest phytic acid, humans can’t. This is bad news because phytic acid binds especially to iron and zinc in food and prevents us from absorbing them.  In addition, phytic acid interferes with enzymes that we need to digest our food, including pepsin, to break down proteins in the stomach, amylase  for the breakdown of starch, and trypsin, which is needed for protein digestion in the small intestine.

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For example, grains, legumes, seeds, and nuts evolved anti-nutrients (lectins & phytic acid) in order to avoid being eaten and completely annihilated by insects, animals, and humans. Lectins & phytic acids are designed to make animals regret eating them with a variety of mostly digestive related ailments. In a sense they are low grade toxins, universally present in plants, seeds and nuts (and many animals that eat them). 

    

These tiny molecular terrorists leave a path of destruction from head-to-toe! They have been linked to symptoms beyond IBS, because preliminary research shows that lectin proteins may bind to cells far and wide---including connective tissue in your joints, cells of your organ tissues, and immune cells. But their main path of destruction is along your digestive tract. However, once these little devils have been eliminated from our diets, patients report greater joint comfort, relief from bloating and clearer thinking.  

Some of the most wholesome, unprocessed foods that you thought were your "diet friend" are actually teeming with digestive distress-causing lectins & phytic acid. See the"Top 10 List of Lectins-Loaded Foods" below.
       Top List of Lectin/Phytic Acid Foods 
   

1.    Grains—especially wheat, quinoa, oats, buckwheat, rye, barley, millet, rice, and corn

2.    Legumes—including beans, lentils, peanuts, and soybeans

3.    Seeds and Nuts—such as sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, and walnuts

4.    Oils—especially those made from peanuts and soy

5.    Dairy Foods—including all milk products, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt and kefir

6.    Eggs—and products that contain eggs

7.   
Chicken

8.    Seafood

9.    Fruits—especially pomegranate and cantaloupe

10. Vegetables—particularly the nightshade family like eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers
Leaky Gut  --  Rude Lectins  &  Phytates
 
Leaky gut
is a term for the breach in the intestinal lining created by lectins hand in hand with other anti-nutrients. Once the intestinal breach exists, lectins and other particles (like partially digested food, toxins, etc) can “leak” into the bloodstream.
  
 
Once lectins open the door, out of the small intestine, they and other fugitive particles are now free to move about the body and bind to any tissue they come across (anything from the thyroid to the pancreas to the kidneys). 
Of course, the body reacts to these invaders by directing an attack on these particles and the otherwise perfectly healthy tissue they’re attached to.
 
Enter autoimmune mayhem. That’s why lectins are linked with autoimmune disorders like IBS, Crohn’s, colitis, thyroiditis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and arthritis. 
Specific lectins have been associated with particular ailments (like wheat with rheumatoid arthritis), but more research is needed to trace and confirm these connections. What is clear, however, is the potent autoimmune destruction that can result when the intestinal lining experiences this level of damage.

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Current research suggests that lectins  are the likely culprits in a whole host of health problems--from feeling tired, to brain fog and skin breakouts to rheumatoid arthritis. Sound familiar?
   
Another important and interesting feature of some lectins is their ability to mimic hormones. As one can imagine, this could contribute and make a significant impact on metabolism. As in wheat, as in gluten, as in excessive hormone insulin production, as in excess carbohydrates (glucose), as in FAT, as in overweight and difficulty losing it--no matter how much you exercise or diet.
  
Because lectins are so prevalent in a typical diet, undertaking a supplement regimen to help combat the damaging effects of lectins can be confusing--but beneficial. There are supplements that can help alleviate and improve your symptoms, while on the road to a better state of health, as well as improve the health of your intestinal tract and contribute to weight loss.
 
For example, certain seaweeds, especially those high in the sugar fucose (Bladderwrack) and mucilaginous vegetables like okra have the ability to bind to lectins in a way that makes them unavailable to the vulnerable cells of the gut. These foods act as sacrificial decoys and attach to the problematic lectins that would ordinarily attach and bind to gut epithelial cells. A specific glycoprotein, N-acetylglucosamine (NAG), is also a favorite target for dietary lectins and is concentrated in connective tissue. Supplementation with NAG is an excellent strategy for lectins protection.

In regards to phytates, the good news is that you can sprout, ferment, and soak the living "phytates" out of just about anything. The practice of soaking, sprouting, and fermenting have been all but laid to rest in the modern world, and it's a shame. One-hundred years ago, people were sprouting, fermenting, and soaking foods they knew would give them a stomach ache if they didn't. Anyone get cramps from eating nuts? Phytic acid is one of the reasons for that.

I don't know why we stopped processing our foods properly -- yes I do, it's all part of the fast food revolution. And, I think we should keep soaked nuts and seeds in our diets because they are a convenient, calorie, and nutrient rich snack food that we can soak most of the anti-nutrients out of. In conclusion, phytates are one more reason (besides lectins) we should NOT be consuming grains and legumes. However, they are also a good reason to look at our unsoaked nut and seeds consumption. Please, e
at those nuts and seeds in moderation unless you're in dire need of extra calories. And if that's they case make sure to soak them.

For more information on The Spirit of Health DNA Lectin & Phytate Therapy to alleviate the symptoms of distress please call 410-461-6132.

   

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) also known as spastic colon, colitis, or nervous stomach, is a baffling and complex set of gastrointestinal symptoms that affects between 25 and 50 million people in U.S.

Two thirds of the patients are women. It is the leading cause of missed work days in the US (second only to the common cold) and accounts for approximately half of all visits to gastroenterologists.

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So many choices, ever wonder...
"Where do I start?"
America seems lost when it comes to their health. It's as if we know there is a better way, but we are unsure of how to find it. People frequently have no idea where to start their health journey.

I'm not surprised. Your can Google, Twitter, and Facebook yourself to near insanity trying to sift through virtual megabytes of data. 

Paralysis by analysis comes to mind. With reams of information, a large amount of it conflicting, many people never start their health journey because they just have too much information to digest. Too much input!

With that in mind, my message is simple--the first thing I want to talk to you about is your diet (probably the most important health change you can make). The second is supplements, and the third is Spiritual.

Choosing supplements is a lot like choosing a doctor--another one of the more important health decisions you must make.

With so many brands and bottles on the shelf, most people find the proposition of shopping in a health food store for supplements overwhelming.

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If you're sick and tired of "just being sick and tired" and our holistic approach rings true for you, please contact us and learn the “what, how, and why” of being at the forefront in healing your body.

Stop the madness of being the "perpetual patient on the prescription merry-go-round."

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 Advice For Limiting Lectins

As mentioned, lectins are literally everywhere. Although it’s impossible to eliminate them altogether, you can significantly reduce your intake.

  • Purge the worst offenders. That means grains and soy more than anything, but I’d add other legumes to the list as well. Eliminating the foods that contain the highest lectin activity will slash your overall lectin intake – and impact.

  • Cut back on other higher lectin sources. Not everyone wants to nix every dairy or nightshade option. Look at how you can reduce your overall intake of these items while keeping enough to enjoy their flavor and nutrient advantages.

  • Gauge your sensitivity. For those of us who are most sensitive to lectins, more dramatic measures might be needed. If you know or believe that you’ve already suffered some serious intestinal damage, you might do well to steer clear of as many high and moderate lectin level foods as possible. That means perhaps forgoing nightshades, dairy, legumes and even nuts and eggs  in addition to all grains and processed foods. Reintroduce desired foods back into your diet by “family” (e.g. dairy, etc.) and be mindful of any physiological effects (however minor) that accompany them.

  • Take up old traditions like soaking, sprouting and using bacterial fermentation techniques for any moderate/high lectin foods like beans you choose to keep in your diet. Fermentation methods are especially effective, virtually eliminating lectins in one study of lentils.
  • Don’t go wholly raw. Humans have been cooking for well over a hundred thousand years. Some nutrients are enhanced by heat. Some anti-nutrients (like lectins) are at least partially “disarmed” by it. Cooking methods with a mind toward maximizing overall nutrient value and bioavailability makes good sense and can lower your exposure to lectins.
  • Diversify! Restrictive diets make us even more susceptible to the downsides of our foods. Research shows that simply rotating primary foods was enough to limit lectin-related damage in rats that were given rounds of soy feed. A healthy, mostly low lectin diet will offer enough balance and protective nutrition to blunt the impact of the occasional moderate level lectin sources.
  • Avoid GMOs. Hidden lectin is just one more reason to leave GMO products on the shelf.

  • Maintain good overall gut health.  Our modern existence sometimes seems like one giant assault against our digestive tracts. Eat a healthy diet with probiotics and good fats. Limit stress and the use of medications like aspirin, NSAIDs, and antibiotics (as well as secondary exposure through antibiotic-administered livestock). 
     
  •  A healthy gut will be better equipped to weather the effects of inevitable but reasonable lectin intake.
 
 

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 Advice For Limiting Lectins

As mentioned, lectins are literally everywhere. Although it’s impossible to eliminate them altogether, you can significantly reduce your intake.

  • Purge the worst offenders. That means grains and soy more than anything, but I’d add other legumes to the list as well. Eliminating the foods that contain the highest lectin activity will slash your overall lectin intake – and impact.

  • Cut back on other higher lectin sources. Not everyone wants to nix every dairy or nightshade option. Look at how you can reduce your overall intake of these items while keeping enough to enjoy their flavor and nutrient advantages.

  • Gauge your sensitivity. For those of us who are most sensitive to lectins, more dramatic measures might be needed. If you know or believe that you’ve already suffered some serious intestinal damage, you might do well to steer clear of as many high and moderate lectin level foods as possible. That means perhaps forgoing nightshades, dairy, legumes and even nuts and eggs  in addition to all grains and processed foods. Reintroduce desired foods back into your diet by “family” (e.g. dairy, etc.) and be mindful of any physiological effects (however minor) that accompany them.

  • Take up old traditions like soaking, sprouting and using bacterial fermentation techniques for any moderate/high lectin foods like beans you choose to keep in your diet. Fermentation methods are especially effective, virtually eliminating lectins in one study of lentils.
  • Don’t go wholly raw. Humans have been cooking for well over a hundred thousand years. Some nutrients are enhanced by heat. Some anti-nutrients (like lectins) are at least partially “disarmed” by it. Cooking methods with a mind toward maximizing overall nutrient value and bioavailability makes good sense and can lower your exposure to lectins.
  • Diversify! Restrictive diets make us even more susceptible to the downsides of our foods. Research shows that simply rotating primary foods was enough to limit lectin-related damage in rats that were given rounds of soy feed. A healthy, mostly low lectin diet will offer enough balance and protective nutrition to blunt the impact of the occasional moderate level lectin sources.
  • Avoid GMOs. Hidden lectin is just one more reason to leave GMO products on the shelf.

  • Maintain good overall gut health.  Our modern existence sometimes seems like one giant assault against our digestive tracts. Eat a healthy diet with probiotics and good fats. Limit stress and the use of medications like aspirin, NSAIDs, and antibiotics (as well as secondary exposure through antibiotic-administered livestock). 
     
  •  A healthy gut will be better equipped to weather the effects of inevitable but reasonable lectin intake.
 
 

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