What Are Lectins?

Posted By on Nov 28, 2011


Lectins are weird!

So let’s be honest here, we’ve all heard the term once or twice in the past, but have yet to fully understand what these little buggers are.

It seems as though there are many different takes on these so-called “lectins” within the health world, and that’s all a bit confusing if you ask us!

So let’s dive right into it, because there’s a lot of explaining to do here…

WTF are Lectins?

Yea Lectins! What are you?

Well, they’re basically carb-binding proteins that can be found in both plants and animals. Yup, they’re in a lot of places and are pretty hard to avoid!

The thing to realize here is that lectins can be more prevalent in some places than others, and this is important to understand if you’re going to regulate and/or restrict your intake.

Tough to avoid…

“So where are they mostly”

What foods have lectins?

Well, possibly the greatest concentration of lectins can be found in our grainy little friends. Yup, wheat and those alike are loaded with em! And this is a big reason why we often advocate the restriction of grains in general.

Also in this club are legumes (soy), tomatoes, potatoes, nuts, and dairy to name a few. Actually, here’s a list that can sum it up for ya…

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Obviously every food will differ to some degree.

All you have to know is that certain foods are more concentrated than others and that if interested in regulating your intake, you’re gonna have to get your research on a bit more.

Why lectins are bad

So by now, you have a better grasp on these little proteins, but are probably still wondering why they’re all bad, right?

No prob, we got this…

Lectins are strong and sturdy proteins that most certainly do not break down with ease. Our digestive enzymes and acids do NOT deal with these little buggers all that well – they can actually stick to the gut wall like gum! Yup, your ‘poop shoot’ can get quite tacky with this stuff. Not cool! And if you’ve been with s for soe time now, you know how serious we take digestion with our clients – so damn important!

So if this sticky factor get’s put into play (and it will), the gut lining will start to develop a type of ‘permeability.’ In other words, leaky gut.

What’s Gut Permeability?

To put it simply, gut permeability is AKA for ‘holes in your gut wall.’ Sounds fun, right?

Think of it as if microscopic shotguns were spraying your intestinal lining with buckshot rounds all day! Doesn’t sound all that great huh? This disorder is also known as leaky gut…

What Exactly is Leaky Gut?

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As show above, leaky gut can be caused by a bunch of junk!

It’s basically a rupture (or number of ruptures) in the intestinal lining, that can lead to some major health problems. Once this ‘break’ occurs, lectins and partially digested foods can then trickle into the bloodstream and cause a bunch of ‘not so fun’ events to occur – like autoimmune conditions. Not cool dude!

Leaky gut is actually VERY common and is pretty damn hard to detect within the mainstream medicine scene.

In other words, most general health practitioners (cookie cutter doctors) are unaware of its severity and have a hard time noticing it as a type of root cause for symptoms that a patient may be displaying.

If you’re curious to see if you have leaky gut, feel free to hit us up if you want to run some specific labs so we can tell you if it’s an issue that you may be dealing with. We can do these labs icon smile What Are Lectins?

The lectin and autoimmune connection

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Wow, that’s a lot!

Another problem is that this gut permeability can also permit other undigested substances to cross into the general circulation of the body, and this is definitely not a good thing!

This breech in the system is a major played in many health conditions today, and this is why we often test for it. Just look at that picture above!

You see, these particles that enter general circulation can then bind to various organs and glands within the body. These binding sites then become a target to deal with – they’re looked at as invaders, and the body deals with them as such.

Diseases we speak here can be anything from colitis and crohn’s disease, to celiac and IBS. And in some cases, more serious disorders.

If you suffer from any of the conditions mentioned above, or if you want to learn more about a great way to avoid these lectins without feeling like you are restricting your diet; make sure to check out the highly acclaimed Diet Solution Program. We’re totally down with this product, and have put a lot of our clients on it!

We also have another great post on gut health so be sure to check it out when you get a chance!

If you have any further questions on lectins, hit us up!

We will most definitely be talking about this stuff again in the near future so keep your eyes peeled. Ohh, and check the study we found below – crazy stuff!

Until next time…be well. Peace.

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- Joey & Chris

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5 Comments

  1. cool post, didn’t really know any of that stuff before

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    • Glad you like it :)

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  2. no more lectins for me! great info.

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  3. Herbivore, omnivore, carnivore. No matter which we choose, we endanger ourselves. My Gawd. What's left? Spinach? Nope. They warn you about that, too. Other greens? Roots? No. Too much sugar, or substances that convert to sugar. So, what to eat? Hmmm. How about just telling the 'experts' to screw off and eat what you want til you die? That seems to be the only sane way anymore. (Have you ever taken the time to count the 'expert' diet and nutrition books in a book store? Hundreds, and none totally agree. Or listen to the Weils and Oz's and T Colin Campbells of the world? Wow again.)

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