Quoted TextIn our own bodies lectins play a role in the immune system by recognizing carbohydrates that don't belong. On the other hand, they can wreak havoc if we don't have the enzymes to digest them: They bind to carbohydrate molecules in all tissues and cause them to clump together. They bind to the GI mucosa, whice weakens it and allows it to become permeable (leaky). They degranulate mast cells which causes them to produce IgE antibodies and set off allergic reactions.
Lectins, when not properly digested, can connect two IgE molecules, which triggers the release of histamines and begins an allergic reaction, mimicking food allergies. The digestive system and nervous system are especially sensitive to lectin reactions. This can appear as irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, or nearly any inflammatory condition. The people whose arthritis responds to elimination of the nightshade family of foods (potatos, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers) probably have lectin sensitivities.
Quoted TextOddly enough, about half of people with food sensitivies and intolerances crave the foods that make them sick. This is because many foods, such as wheat and dairy products, produce protein molecules that are really similar to our natural endorphins, called exorphins. Endorphins and ther mimics, exorphins, lessen pain and help generate a general sense of well-being in our world. So, even if we are intolerant of lactose, we crave it and even feel better when we drink milk...temporarily, that is. And then we crave some more.
Quoted from AKArtloverIt dawned on me over the past few days after getting back some food sensitivity test results that my hubby and I have been sabatoging ourselves by not rotating our foods and getting enough variety. We are the "busy" types. On my road to getting well, I start feeling better and fall into the habit of allowing convenience to dictate my choices as I get going on other things and ignoring my body. I then fall into eating the same things repeatedly and then I feel like c**p....
Later, when she discusses sensitivities she talks about the rotation diet, basically not eating from the same food family but every four days- it doesn't give the antibodies a chance to act because their triggers aren't present.
Thinking of taking a month and making food/diet the TOP priority in our lives. Time for variety, time for new foods and new recipes. It's a new day..
Quoted from Damon
Knowledge is power.
Quoted from cajunDamon,
OMG! I checked out the list...If I followed it, I would only be able to eat buckwheat, oats, rice and fish!!!!! ??)
Well explained, except I beg to differ on the underlined sentence... For some people it can take a week to get back to normal, especially if there had been a slow buildup to get to the level of intolerance?!Quoted from Damon
Salicylate sensitivity is not the same as a salicylate allergy! ;)
Eating foods that contain salicylates is not 'bad', even for salicylate sensitive people. In fact, as you probably noticed yourself, many salicylate containing foods are very healthy. However, when you're salicylate sensitive you should give extra attention to making sure that you do not exceed your personal 'salicylate tolerance level'. This tolerance level varies per person and is for your to find out yourself.
For many salicylate sensitive people a single serving of some (high) salicylate food doesn't pose any problems. But, (high) salicylate foods do contribute more to surpassing your tolerance level, which is why you want to be more careful when consuming (high) salicylate foods.
When you are passing your tolerance level your symptoms (which could be anything, from eczema/rashes to feeling bad) will start to appear. That's the sign to cut back on your salicylate consumption (preferably by focusing on the very low salicylate foods for a day or so). Your symptoms will then quickly subside. After a while you'll know what level of salicylate consumption you can handle and it just becomes second nature. (Having a rich salad and lots of olive oil with wine, and berries for dessert may turn out to be too much salicylates..)
Quoted from PossumWell explained, except I beg to differ on the underlined sentence... For some people it can take a week to get back to normal, especially if there had been a slow buildup to get to the level of intolerance?!
Quoted from Amazone I.aaah yup food rotation is as important as supplement rotation ;) ;D....(smarty)(cool)
I wouldn't be happy with this progress lol No seriously, the update re your progress is great to hear ;)Quoted from AKArtloverI've been working on my gut for the past few months and it shows.