Let me start this by saying I’m not a doctor. I’m not anyone who claims to have expert opinions on your health, etc. However, I am a person who suffers from MANY ailments and health issues. And I’ve had to drudge my way through all the misinformation (yes, even from doctors) to try and figure out how I can actually live a healthy life again.
The reason I’m putting this on my blog is not because I talk about these things very often, at least as of right now, but because I’ve struggled and suffered for 11 years with chronic pain, celiac disease, joint pain, bloating, dairy and egg allergies, chronic headaches, tension, muscle spasms, and all sorts of other unhealthy things.
I’m only 27.
So how the heck is all of this happening to me at a “young age”? Yeah, I get that alot.
“But you’re so young” was a saying from Psoriasis patients getting tar treatments while I was in the outpatient center before my celiac disease with dermatitis was diagnosed. I was 16 at the time.
Going from perfectly healthy one day to (literally) not the next, I’ve had my fair share of misdiagnoses, shutdowns from doctors who didn’t listen to me about what was happening to my body, and much more.
So let’s just say, it’s been a long road. And I may have found the ultimate reason for all of my ailments.
As I’ve said already, I have celiac disease. Which means I can’t have gluten because it kills my gut.
Well, 7 years after that diagnosis and I wasn’t getting much better — even though gluten was completely cut out of my diet. There was improvement, but it wasn’t as much as would’ve been considered “good.”
I found then that Dairy had the same effect. So I eliminated it.
Then a year after that, still not that much of a change but a bit better, found out eggs was also making me breakout.
And now 2 years after those have been entirely eliminated, I’m still bloated, I still feel tired all the time, my stomach hurts, headaches, etc. I’m not breaking out as much because the medication I’ve been on (called Dapsone) has helped my body fight it. But as soon as I DON’T have the medication for a day or two, I break out a ton still.
So this led me to thinking “what else could it possibly be??”
And I started really being more mindful of not only what I was eating, but how I FELT after I ate it.
Then, my friend shared with me someone she had found, a doctor, talking about what may be causing your health issues, autoimmune disease, psoriasis, arthritis, etc.
And, you guessed it, he was talking about LECTINS.
The Plant’s Protection
In order for plants to not be eaten by predators, they create chemicals to protect their seeds. Plants can’t just get up and fight an animal off or run away — they have to do what they can.
This is why we eat the ripe berries and not the unripe berries. Ripe is when the seeds are ready to be transported to get fertilized and re-sprout on their own elsewhere.
So, the protection that the plants create is a protein called a Lectin.
It’s mainly in the seeds and skin of a plant. It’s not in all plants, but certain ones, especially ones grown here in the USA.
Think about it — thousands of years ago, we didn’t live in North America. And those who lived here before us had a very specific way of eating things like beans (they fermented them to kill the lectins) and they didn’t eat wheat, etc.
So especially in the Americas, the plants are still relatively new to our bodies and our evolution of understanding them. Regardless of what people like to believe with their ego about us knowing everything about what we have or don’t have and what we know or don’t know.
Anyways, you remember how I said I also found that Dairy and Eggs were affecting me right?
Well, guess what’s on the list of things containing Lectins. (Eggs themselves have Caesin A1, as well as cow’s milk, because thanks to big processing and steroids and controlled and forced farming)
So how did this research about Lectins come about?
Dr. Steven Gundry
A highly esteemed and very well accomplished heart surgeon (of over 10,000 heart surgeries) actually noticed that patients who were eating what’s been touted as “healthy” actually had more problems than people who smoked cigarettes.
What are we saying is the “healthy” diet here? You know how when you were younger you were told that Fats were bad, Whole Grains were good, have a glass of Dairy a day, etc.
That’s the “healthy” diet we’re talking about.
The diet that’s been approved widely in America.
And there’s many studies, Dr. Gundry talks about it in his interviews, but what’s the point?
The point is that what’s been said is “healthy” actually has the highest lectin count. And this “healthy” diet is leading to ALL sorts of diseases now that there’s been an abundance of time to test it out – around 40 to 50 years now.
And guess what? We’re all getting sicker and sicker.
What are some of the Lectin filled foods?
Just to name a few:
- Bell Peppers
The list goes on.
What are some of the foods on the “Yes” List?
- 100% Grass-fed and finished Beef
- Sweet Potatoes (without skin)
- Almond (blanched)
- Hemp tofu
- Pastured Chicken and other Poultry
- Wild caught Seafood
And much more.
You can read the Yes/No list on Dr. Gundry’s website here: https://gundrymd.com/dr-gundry-diet-food-list/
So what does this mean?
If you’re having health issues with no logical reason as to why, check to see what you’re eating first. Because you feed your gut, then your gut provides energy for your body. If something is going wrong in your gut, your body will be affected.
But the great news is, you can either cure, put into remission, or get rid of symptoms if you find the root cause.
All the ailments I mentioned in the beginning have been helped and improved to a wildly amazing percent of patients who have switched their lifestyle to being lectin-free.
Perhaps it will help you too.
I know I’m in.
I’m ready to be done struggling and suffering every day. I’m ready to be out of pain again after 11 years.
I’m ready to be healthy again, feeling better, and just being able to live my life without medication, doctors, and getting my bloodwork done to make sure my medication isn’t harming me more than it’s helping me.
I’m ready for a life of freedom from health issues.