Turn Off Autoimmunity By Avoiding Lectins – The Plant Paradox by Steven Gundry
Steven Gundry’s website includes a page with the full list of items to eat and which to avoid when following his program. However, I recommend reading his book …
The content of this video is based on the
book The Plant Paradox by Dr. Steven Gundry.
Plants have physical strategies to protect
themselves, but also chemical – one of which
The most well known lectin is gluten, but
gluten is just the tip of the iceberg.
Lectins are proteins, and serve as a protection
mechanism of plants towards insects and other
plant predators, being produced in the skin
as an outside barrier – and concentrated in
the all-important seeds which is the next
generation of the species.
Italians have traditionally always removed
the skin and seeds of the tomato.
Whether they knew it or not, they were actually
removing most of the lectins.
The same plant toxins that can kill or weaken
an insect are also capable of silently destroying
Because of our size, the effects of these
lectins are subtle, but over the years they
can accumulate and cause conditions such as
The good news is that these issues can be
reversed by first healing your gut, learning
which lectins you are personally sensitive
to, and avoiding them.
Not all lectins are bad, some are actually
What determines how well you handle certain
lectins depends on your ancestry.
The longer your ancestors consumed specific
lectins, the more time and opportunity their
immune system and microbiome had to develop
a tolerance to them.
Our bodies have an elaborate defense system
Our saliva, mucus, stomach acid, and microbiome,
all contribute in neutralizing and digesting
If all is well with your gut health, lectins
should not be successful in getting through
your intestinal wall and entering your blood,
which is where they can do real damage.
Through molecular mimicry and being almost
indistinguishable from other natural proteins
in our body, they trick the immune system
into attacking our own organs.
They also have the ability to act like hormones,
sometimes blocking our real hormones.
The book outlines a few major occurrences
in the recent history of humans that have
introduced problematic lectins into our diets.
Firstly, the agricultural revolution about
10,000 years ago.
Up until that point humans had never consumed
legumes or grains.
Human skeleton remains show that after this
period average human height and brain size
decreased dramatically, and the first cases
of arthritis were noticed.
Our ancestors did have their ways to minimize
the negative effects of these foods, such
as fermentation, and also as they developed
the technology for it, they preferred to remove
the outer bran or hull from the grain.
Whole wheat contains a harmful lectin called
wheat germ agglutinin, which the refined version
This lectin binds to your joints and cornea,
among other things.
The second big change was a mutation in northern
european cows about 2000 years ago
This caused them to create the protein casein
A-1 instead of the previous casein A-2.
During digestion it turns into a lectinlike
protein called beta-casomorphin.
Because this type of cow produced more milk,
farmers preferred them, and now they are the
standard milk producing cows.
Thirdly, new plants from America.
Only 500 years ago, europeans discovered America
and brought back new foods to their homelands,
foods that they had never consumed before.
This includes the nightshade family, many
types of beans and legumes, grains, the squash
family, and certain types of seeds.
Additionally, new innovations in the last
five decades have had a serious negative impact
on our gut health and increased our sensitivity
Broad spectrum antibiotics
Although they can be lifesavers for certain
extreme conditions, antibiotics have a devastating
effect on your microbiome.
Using them is like carpet bombing your gut
It can take up to two years from them to return,
some may be gone forever.
Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs (or NSAIDS
Such as ibuprofen and naproxen.
These damage the mucosal barrier of the small
intestine and the colon, which allows lectins
and other particles to pass through the intestinal
Stomach-acid blockers (or PPIs).
Acid from the stomach naturally acidifies
the small intestine, confining most of our
gut bacteria to the large intestine.
PPIs however disrupt this, and can cause overgrowth
of bacteria in the small intestine where they
Artificial sweeteners, such as sucralose,
saccharin, and aspartame, kill good bacteria
and allow overgrowth of the bad ones.
These are chemicals found in many plastics,
cosmetics, preservatives, sunscreens, and
They have the ability to prevent proper vitamin
D conversion by your liver, which prevents
regeneration of the cells in your intestinal
People with autoimmune disease almost certainly
have low levels of vitamin D.
One category of these are called phthalates,
and have the ability to permanently attach
to cells, such as thyroid hormone receptors,
blocking the real hormone from delivering
A study found that the greatest source of
these in America were grains, beef, pork,
chicken and milk products.
GMOs and glyphosate.
Genetically modified foods have foreign lectins
put into them, without properly knowing how
they affect humans.
Lastly, the herbicide used on genetically
modified foods, glyphosate, is devastating
to the microbiome, and which is found in residual
amounts on the food it is sprayed on.
All of the foods being shown to you right
now are foods that contain lectins or lectin-like
compounds that are known to cause issues in
The book presents a lectin avoidance diet
which prohibits these foods.
To see a comprehensive list of the foods that
the author recommends and which to avoid,
check out the link below this video.
It should be noted that beans, lentils, and
quinoa are OK after you’ve established that
you don’t have an issue with them, but they
should always be pressure-cooked to minimize
the content of lectins.
The food, that your food ate, matters a lot.
Many livestock animals these days are fed
grain and soy, which is a completely unnatural
diet for them, making them unhealthy for human
consumption and indirectly causing you to
consume the lectins that they consumed.
The author also recommends supplementing with
Vitamin D3, and omega 3 fatty acids DHA and
EPA, to help heal your gut.
Although this diet is very restrictive, this
is only until you repair your gut, at which
point you can start introducing a food item
one at a time.
This way you can see if you react to any of
the specific foods.
Often when symptoms of the autoimmune disease
return, they will return with a vengeance,
making it very clear that you do not tolerate
this particular food.
These are all conditions that have been successfully
treated with the use of the plant paradox
diet protocol, including:
Chronic fatigue syndrome
and Irritable bowel syndrome
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