By this time, you’ve probably learned all about how your gut health can be impacted by a sensitivity to gluten. But have you heard the plant-based protein lectin could be giving you problems too? In his book The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in Healthy Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain, cardiologist Dr. Steven Gundry writes that we should all avoid lectins. Why? Because the proteins, which are found in many fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and dairy products, can be hard on the digestive track. According to The Plant Paradox, ingesting them causes inflammatory reactions. This in turn can drive weight gain and other health problems.
We all want to keep our digestive system happy by maintaining a gut-friendly diet. But the do’s and don’ts can be hard to keep straight in our heads. That’s why this week we’ve rounded up some of the most helpful articles out there about keeping your GI tract in tip-top shape with the right balance of bacteria. If you suffer from constipation, gas, joint pain, acne, or other symptoms associated with digestive issues, these are the tips for you. Learn what to pick up at the farmer’s market–and what to keep out of your basket. Discovery new healthy habits, plus books that can act as your guide. Finally, read up on lectin and decide for yourself whether it would be worth cutting out of your diet for a while.
Above all, remember to always listen to your gut!
- 5 Gut-Friendly Foods and Why We Love Them
- Healthy Foods to Avoid
- The 7 Best Daily Habits for Gut Health
- Go with Your Gut: 10 Great Books for Gut Health
- What Is the Lectin-Free Diet (via WomensHealthMag.com)
- Is This Plant Protein Actually Harming Your Gut & Sabotaging Your Weight Loss? A Doctor Explains (via MindBodyGreen.com)