Eliminate Lectins, They Cause Inflammation and Make You Tired
Chronic inflammation is a root cause of most chronic health issues, including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, joint and muscle pain, and autoimmune disorders. It is also one of the leading contributors to energy-draining leaky gut syndrome and a significant cause of chronic fatigue.
The common causes of inflammation in our diet have been well documented. Sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, gluten, sodium, additives, preservatives, trans fats found in the processed foods we eat and antibiotics, chemical-based pesticides, insecticides, and artificial growth hormones used to grow fruits and vegetables and feed livestock, added to cleaning products, and included in most personal care and cosmetic products all contribute to damaging effects of inflammation throughout the body.
There is also a little known, but dangerous, naturally-occurring protein found in many of the foods considered to be healthy which has recently been found to also trigger an inflammatory response in your body. This protein, known as lectin, is found in many plants and is thought to be a natural defense mechanism for these plants to protect themselves from being eaten by predators, including us.
Once consumed and digested, lectins bind to carbohydrates and release toxins that disrupt normal function of cells in your body. This disruption results in inflammation that contributes to achy joints and muscles, brain fog, and extreme fatigue; this is especially seen in people who are more sensitive to lectin.
In addition to causing brain fog and fatigue, lectins have also been linked to weight gain and leaky gut syndrome, both of which further influence the inflammation cycle and disrupt energy production throughout the body.
Natural plant-based foods that have high lectin content include corn, wheat, white potatoes, legumes, peanuts, cashews, soy, seeds (chia and pumpkin), tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, cucumbers, rice, and quinoa. Secondary sources known to be high in lectin include products from animals raised on high-corn or soy-based diets; this includes most of the factory farm raised beef, pork, and chicken as well as milk and eggs from these sources.
Fortunately, there are many, many organic plant-based food sources that are free of lectin; these include extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, hemp seeds, flax seeds, blueberries, black berries, leafy greens, carrots, and citrus fruits to name a few.