We’ve been told a GIANT lie our entire lives. A lie that undoubtedly decreased the quality of life for many and most likely played a large role in most preventable illnesses today. We have been told that our diet should consist of 6 to 11 servings of grains and carbohydrates per day. How could we not believe that was good for us? After all, the USDA placed carbs and grains at the bottom of our food pyramid as the fundamental foods for a healthy diet.
Let’s examine the implications of that briefly. The USDA was implemented 150 years ago to increase funding to the country’s agricultural community. Their job was to help farmers grow their crops. It seems like a conflict of interest that this same governmental department is given the power to advise us what to eat. Not to mention we also have billion dollar companies to contend with as they innundate us with commercials showcasing their addicting and convenient carb laden foods.
Well, It turns out that the government may have been wrong and those large food companies may not have our best interests at heart!? You see, grains contain anti-nutrients which are actually the plants defense mechanism. The seed of a plant is it’s reproductive means. It’s entire purpose is to be “planted” and grow to reproduce itself. Your digestive tract is a force to be reckoned with for these tiny grains or seeds. They have to armor themselves the best they can if they have any chance of succeeding in their mission. Their tools for combat are their anti-nutrients which put up a mighty fight against our digestive track. The strongest anti-nutrient contenders are lectins, gluten, and phytates.
Lectins reek havoc on the system using a bunch of different tactics. They bind to receptors in our intestinal lining and even prevent the repair of the GI track. This dual attack on the lining of our gut can lead to partially or non digested food particles passing into our blood stream (aka Leaky Gut Syndrome). Leaky Gut Syndrome is suspected of causing allergies, digestive disturbances, and autoimmune issues. Lectins also bind to insulin receptors. In a normal situation, insulin signals to the cell to take up glucose when needed for energy storages then the insulin dislodges from the receptor and no more glucose is taken up. Lectin, however, does not dislodge, it remains in place and causes the excessive storage of glucose as fat. As if that were not bad enough, the amount of circulating glucose in your blood stream drops too low and you feel hungry again….in today’s fast paced society the majority of the population will reach for a quick and easy processed food that, you guessed it, contains lectin. This is a vicious cycle that will completely diminish all the work you put in at the gym if you are not careful!
Gluten is a sticky, water soluble protein found in many popular grains including wheat, barley, and rye. Gluten is made up of gliadin and glutenin. Most of us have heard of Celiac disease which is a hereditary autoimmune disease where the consumption of gluten causes the body to launch a full on attack on the intestinal track and in the end damages the villi lining the wall. The damaged intestinal wall leads to malabsorbtion of nutrients and often leads to other autoimmune issues such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, or even cancer. Even those who do not have Celiac disease can have some pretty serious side effects due to continued consumption of gluten containing products. Non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NSGS) is coming onto the radars of even the most reluctant modern medicine practitioners as more and more people are noticing a sensitivity. Gluten is able to break down the microvilli in the small intestine and, like lectins, cause Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Phytates and phytic acid are found in the bran of all grains and block mineral and vitamin absorption. This means even if your cereal is fortified your body is still not able to absorb the nutrients. Calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, and zinc are all blocked from absorption. It is believed that sprouted grains decrease the amount of phytic acid and increase the amount of nutrients in the grains. Unfortunately, today’s common practice is to harvest the crop before the grains have sprouted and our consumption has increased drastically over the years which is leading to more and more nutrient deficiencies in our population. Minerals play a role in every cellular function of the body. Mineral deficiencies can lead to suppressed immunity, heart palpitations, restless leg syndrome, fatigue, hormonal imbalances, asthma, muscle cramps, insomnia, irritability, and infertility.
The last few years people have started becoming more and more aware that processed grains are bad and have tried to be proactive and switch to what they consider to be healthier whole grains. Unfortunately, that is not the case, grains are actually not a health food no matter how you spin it. I can tell you from my own experience, eliminating them can be life changing. By following our Stripped Diet you too can turn your life around. I have seen people try this diet and in as little as a month saw a decrease in pain, inflammation, weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, acne, GI issues, skin conditions, and an increase in energy. I challenge you to try the Stripped Diet for one month. Let’s see if we can give you that boost in confidence to strut your stuff at the beach and save you some time and money in the pharmacy. ~Kris~